Discovering the Real Ireland in Co. Mayo

Posted in Cleveland on October 20, 2017.

Photo: Award winning Radio & TV News Anchor and Talk Show Host Ms. Robin Swoboda together with Mr. Gerry Quinn, President of the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland are presented with a copy of the book ‘Ballyheane Past & Present’, by Mr. Michael Larkin, Chairman of the book editorial team at a special ‘Welcome to Co. Mayo’ event.

Ballyheane, the ancestral homeland of James McFadden, former Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland and later Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, was one of a number of locations in Co. Mayo where a group of 53 people from Cleveland and other parts of Ohio spent an entire seven days discovering some of Mayo’s unique attractions and rugged landscape.

The itinerary, a collaborative arrangement between Gerry Quinn, Tim Vaughan, (Salem Media U.S.A.) and Michael Larkin, in association with CIE Tours International incorporated many of Mayo’s historic and beautiful sites, including Cong, Ballintubber Abbey, Ballyheane, Achill, Westport, Castlebar, Ballina, Foxford and Belmullet.

In Ballina the group were officially welcomed by the Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District, Cllr. Annie May Reape, followed by a spectacular performance from Atlantic Rhythm musicians and dancers.

The surprise ‘Welcome to Co. Mayo’ event, jointly co-ordinated by Terry Reilly and Michael Larkin in association with Mayo North Tourism acknowledged the fact that Co. Mayo was the main focus of this particular CIE International tour.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Quinn explained how he was always inspired by Mayo’s wonderful tourism appeal and that he had spent many years lobbying CIE Tours International to stage “a more leisurely and meaningful Mayo tour, as opposed to the standardised island of Ireland tours”.

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