The virtual Mayo Day event which took place on the Bank Holiday Saturday, May 2, had a reach of over 13 million people across the globe, according to Mayo County Council.
Head of communications for Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes, gave the elected members of Mayo County Council an update on the virtual event that was run in place of the traditional suite of events around the county, due to the Covid-19 outbreak - at their monthly meeting which took place in St Mary's Hall in GMIT Mayo on Monday this week.
Hughes outlined that the main event of the day was the 'Mayo Day Live - Global Voices' online show hosted by Mayo natives Louise Duffy and Liam Horan - the programme featured a mix of interviews, music, chat and messages from famous Mayo people from around the world.
Another tent pole of the event was the short film Oceans Apart - the follow up to the 2017 short film Our People, Our Place, Our Day. The film pulls together voices from Mayo people far from home and their experiences of life and love for home and how they are faring during the current lockdown and which, according to Hughes, has received very positive reviews since it was launched.
Hughes also told the members that the hashtag #MayoDay trended at number one on Twitter in Ireland on Saturday, May 2 for a time period and the overall reach of the hash tag was over 13 million.
She also paid tribute to the team behind Mayo Day in the council for pulling together the new event at short notice and informed members that the overall cost of the event this year was in the region of €20,000 - with the initial budget having been €50,000 - to include the flagship event that was due to take place in the Museum of Country Life in Turlough House.