Mayo Day 2019

Posted in Connect on April 2, 2019.

#MayoDay, the day dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of County Mayo returns for its 5th year on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The theme of the 2019 Mayo Day is The Mayo Word, representing our communities, our creativity, our connection to a pride of place both here in this county and around the globe. The Mayo Word will be discussed, celebrated and defined through this Mayo Day campaign culminating in a flagship event taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough on Saturday 4th May 2019.

The first musical acts to play at this year’s festival have now been confirmed and it will see some of the best young musicians in Ireland take to the stage at the Museum of Country Life.

Mayo’s own Lisa Canny, Cronin and Hit Machine Drummers will all be performing at Turlough House on Saturday, May 4 with our headline act to be announced in the coming weeks!

Born and bred in County Mayo, Lisa Canny is a notably talented musician; best known for her enchanting covers and captivating live performances. Crowned UK “Future Music’s” Songwriting Champion in 2016, followed closely by a Late Late Show performance, a top 5 debut E.P. release and a sell-out UK and Ireland tour in May 2018, her homecoming show is one not to be missed.

Some Gastronomic delights also await in the Food Village where visitors can enjoy tasty fare from Noo Chocolates where Mary Corrigan will display for sale her famous handmade chocolates created using Mayo produce. If it’s something retro you are looking for drop by The Fire Slice for some amazing Woodfire Pizza created by Val. Jay will be on site with Mac & Spud to dish up his mouth watering mackerel and fried potato and why not stock up for your Sunday fry with some mouth watering sausages and pudding from Kelly’s of Newport Butchers.

Peter Hynes Chief Executive of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day 2019 is all about asking ourselves the questions; what does being part of the Mayo community mean to me? How do I communicate my sense of pride of being from Mayo? The Mayo Word and how it is conveyed into action is represented throughout all elements this year’s Mayo Day campaign.”

The Made of Mayo Craft & Design showcase will be returning in 2019. This is an opportunity for premium artisans and designers to display their valued work in a relaxed showcase environment.

Some of those who will be in Turlough House this year include spectacular original and limited edition artwork from Saileen D’Art, Hand forged Ironwork & sculptures by Iron Excellence, Divas by Dee’s bespoke frames for all occasions and handmade violins and other bowed instruments by Kevin Sykes.

Lots more musical guests, food delights and craftspeople are to be announced in the coming weeks!

Once again this year Lá Mhaigh Eo will become a major part of the 2019 flagship event The Mayo Word. The Gaeilge Mhaigh Eo Area will be showcasing everything that’s charming and inviting about our Irish Language and Heritage through Live Music, Dance, Arts, Crafts, Food, Demonstrations agus ar ndóigh neart neart craic!! Our Special Guest on the day will be An tUasal Joe Byrne, (Presenter of Ceol agus Ealaíon, Midwest Radio) a gentleman well known to us all for his love of Gaeilge, Ceol agus Caint.  We will also have live Music with Seoda, Damhsa ar an Sean-nós le Liam Scanlon agus buaiteoirí an Chomórtas Amhrán Nua Chumtha trí Ghaeilge!

Buail isteach chugainn i bpuball Ghaeilge Mhaigh Eo, agus má tá cúpla focal agat nó má cheapann tú mór duit féin mar dhamhsóir, beidh míle fáilte roimh chách!

Mayo Arts Service are delighted to work with Castlebar-born Emer McGarry to curate this year’s exhibition at Turlough House. Emer is currently Interim Director at The Model, Sligo which is home of The Niland Collection, and is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres.

Mayo has a vibrant arts community and this exhibition presents a selection of work in a variety of media and offers a wonderful view of the breadth of arts practice in the County. The selection includes artists Niamh O’Malley, Mick O’Dee and Joanna Hopkins to name a few.

Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, added; “The Mayo Day celebration has gone from strength to strength since it was first launched five years ago and has now become a force to be reckoned with.”

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Picture: Back Row – James Killeen (Mayo Co Co), Mike Kelly (Mayo Co Co), David Drake (Mayo GAA), Austin Vaughan (Mayo Co Co Librarian), Neil Sheridan (Mayo Co Co), Liam Hanrahan (Director of Services Mayo Co Co), Niall Heaney (Mayo Co Co) and Sarah Collins (Collins Coffee Camp). Front Row – Peter Hynes (Chief Executive Mayo Co Co), Margaret Connell (Mayo Co Co), Jason Deasy (Master Falconer), Cllr Blackie Gavin (Cathaoirleach Mayo Co Co) and Christina Lynch (Mayo Co Co)

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