Now in its sixth year, Mayo Day, the official day that honours the people and place of Mayo, will take place on Saturday, May 2.
Rather than coming together at a flagship event the people of Mayo will celebrate with their families in the safe environs of our homes and gardens.
There will be Mayo Day music and entertainment like previous years’ events, but this time www.mayo.ie will be the stage for Mayo Day Live – Global Voices, featuring joyous performances from artists such as Lisa Canny, Cathal Gavin and Stuart Moyles coming to you live from their homes.
Mayo Day Live – Global Voices, presented by Liam Horan and Louise Duffy will also feature interviews from Mayo people in communities in New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Malaysia, Dubai, and Sydney and closer to home, from Mayo Associations in Galway, Dublin and Manchester.
As part of a special campaign ‘A minute for Mayo’ messages from National and International leaders and familiar Mayo faces will grace the screen with messages of hope and solidarity on this special Mayo Day of 2020,
Since we cannot enjoy the spectacle of Mayo GAA performing in MacHale Park for another while yet, Two familiar faces from our Mayo team will perform their skills live in your home with an exclusive Mayo Day Skills Session which will air on the Mayo.ie Facebook page at 11am and the organisers are ask all budding footballers to wear their colours and tag them in videos of their best attempts at replicating their heroes’ skills – with the winning entry will receive a signed Mayo Day jersey.
Although, at this time, we cannot visit the incredible parts of this county, the organisers of Mayo Day want to highlight the many beautiful places with a collection of the most-loved images of Mayo shared on their social media channels – to remind all of how lucky they are to have so much on their doorsteps and you can look forward to enjoying again in the future.
Every year Mayo Day places a spotlight on our indigenous craft and food companies at their flagship event, this year they will ‘Support Local’ with an online marketplace on www.mayo.ie linking to companies who have online stores and are open for business during this time.
#HometoMayo is a competition for you to win two flights home to Mayo from anywhere around the world for someone you love or for yourself in better days ahead! To win the organisers want to see your ‘Mayo Moment’ a special moment of what Mayo means to you or during the current period of restriction - photos and videos from your home with your family, your pets, your garden, your newly sowed raised beds – all of these are moments that are part a very unusual time in our lives. By sharing them with us you could share an even more special moment in 2021 with a loved one who is currently living abroad.
Mayo Day is all about wearing your green and red with pride, no matter where you reside in the globe. This year will be no different, and all are asked you to wear and fly the colours as emblems of connection with one another.
The organisers hope that you will place your flags in your windows, in your gardens, or tie red and green ribbons or scarves around your trees to show that "We Stand With You" our frontline workers from Mayo who are working so hard and giving up so much to fight the virus. Mayo Day asks for everyone to show their green and red on Mayo Day in honour of the resilience that we have mastered as a people over the generations.
This Mayo Day is a chance to be part of the global Mayo family reunion and it promises to be something really special !
For further information, news and updates stay tuned to www.mayo.ie