Manchester's Irish community prepares for Mayo Day 2020
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Manchester's Irish community prepares for Mayo Day 2020

THE Irish in Manchester are gearing up to support the annual Mayo Day celebrations which honour all things related to the county in locations all over the world.

Organisers behind the Manchester Irish Festival website have teamed up with the Mayo County Council Diaspora website www.mayo.ie once again to help promote this year’s Mayo Day, which takes place on Saturday, May 2.

For this year’s Manchester Irish Festival organisers will fly over Mayo group The Ganley Sisters to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Young, Gifted and Green group at their anniversary show on Saturday, March 7.

Tony Hennigan, from the Mayo Manchester group, said: “We are delighted to be working with Mayo County Council again during the Manchester Irish Festival.

“We hope to be working with a number of hotels and tourism providers from Mayo County Council to help market them during the annual Irish Festival in Manchester.”

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Over recent years, the Mayo Day campaign has been a huge success, garnering worldwide attention with events taking place locally, nationally and internationally that pay tribute to the ingenuity, pride and accomplishments of Mayo people the world over.

This year’s theme will be Creative Mayo.

The campaign will give the people of Mayo an opportunity to explore and celebrate their creativity, ingenuity and talent, and will culminate in a flagship public event at the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough on May 2.

Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes explained: “Mayo Day 2020 is about cherishing our culture and giving people the chance to show their pride of place.  It is an opportunity to celebrate what lies at the heart of County Mayo and its people – a natural passion for creativity; whether it be in the arts, music, business, or any other creative endeavour.”

Plans are also underway to host a Mayo Day ‘Creative Conference’ – a chance to bring together some of Mayo’s most innovative minds from various backgrounds, occupations and locations.

Cllr Brendan Mulroy, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, added: “Mayo Day is a celebration of our home and our community spirit.  It is about uniting people at home and abroad who all share one thing in common – a love of their county.

“Over the last number of years, we have seen huge participation from the Mayo diaspora, and we would love to see #MayoDay trending on social media once again this year, to show the world how proud the people of this county are of their heritage.”

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Turlough’s National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, is renowned for its beautiful location and immaculate grounds.

Manager Karena Morton has expressed delight at once again hosting the main Mayo Day event, saying: “Mayo Day has been a fantastic success story year-on-year, and Mayo County Council’s flagship Mayo Day event is a vibrant, engaging and fun way to bring people of all ages together to join in this celebration.”

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