About Us

Founded in 1905, Mayo Association Dublin (MAD) is one of the best supported and active county associations in the country, with close to 600 members on board.

The Association has proved to be an effective outlet for Mayo’s Diaspora in Dublin through networking and friendship in business, social/cultural and sporting sectors. Some highlights of our calendar year include the Annual Business Lunch in November, the Mayo Awards Gala Banquet in February, and our Summer Party in July.

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This year we launched our inaugural Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition. And following the very competitive Semi-Finals stage on Saturday 28 October in Castlebar, the Grand Final will take place in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday 18 November.

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide range of charitable events and the majority of money raised is donated to charities and worthy causes throughout the county.

Our charity partner for the Annual Awards Banquet (newly rebranded as The Yew Tree Ball) on Saturday 10 February 2018 in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel will be Mayo Mental Health Association.

About Us

Founded in 1905, Mayo Association Dublin (MAD) is one of the best supported and active county associations in the country, with close to 600 members on board.

The Association has proved to be an effective outlet for Mayo’s Diaspora in Dublin through networking and friendship in business, social/cultural and sporting sectors. Some highlights of our calendar year include the Annual Business Lunch in November, the Christmas Party, the Mayo Awards Gala Banquet, held in February, and our Summer Party in July.

A number of new events are in the pipeline this year, such as the Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition – the Semi-Finals take place on Saturday 21 October in Castlebar, followed by the Grand Final in Trinity College, Dublin on Saturday 18 November; and we are also introducing our ‘Business Breakfast Meeting’ in October.

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide range of charitable events and the majority of money raised is donated to charities and worthy causes throughout the county.

Our Aims and Objectives

To promote business, community, tourism and social/cultural start-up initiatives and projects throughout Mayo.

To highlight and recognise the achievements of Mayo people – at regional, national and international levels – in business, community, sporting and charitable sectors.

To liaise with Mayo County Council and other organisations in promoting a positive image of the county, which serves to engender and foster an appreciation of the county, both nationally and internationally.

To provide support to any charitable organisation and any institution, society or club, which may be connected with any town or place within the county.

To co-operate with Mayo sporting bodies in financing the training, travelling and entertainment of Mayo teams.

To assist in the revival of Irish as a spoken language by enabling children to spend holidays in the Irish speaking districts of Mayo, through our ‘Gaeltacht Sponsorships’.

To help charities and other organisations in Mayo and Dublin City and County.

To co-operate and liaise with all other county associations.

To give charitable aid to any individuals or groups who may be in need thereof, or to the spouse, children or relatives, and to contribute funds on their behalf.

To promote business, community, tourism and social/cultural start-up initiatives and projects throughout Mayo.

To highlight and recognise the achievements of Mayo people – at regional, national and international levels – in business, community, sporting and charitable sectors.

To liaise with Mayo County Council and other organisations in promoting a positive image of the county, which serves to engender and foster an appreciation of the county, both nationally and internationally.

To provide support to any charitable organisation and any institution, society or club, which may be connected with any town or place within the county.

To co-operate with Mayo sporting bodies in financing the training, travelling and entertainment of Mayo teams.

To assist in the revival of Irish as a spoken language by enabling children to spend holidays in the Irish speaking districts of Mayo, through our ‘Gaeltacht Sponsorships’.

To help charities and other organisations in Mayo and Dublin City and County.

To co-operate and liaise with all other county associations.

To give charitable aid to any individuals or groups who may be in need thereof, or to the spouse, children or relatives, and to contribute funds on their behalf.

History of Mayo Association Dublin

Mayo Association Dublin was founded in 1905 – then The Mayo Men’s Association – by Major John MacBride from Westport and Mr. Edward Lavelle from Belcarra among others. Ireland has undergone a breathtaking change between then and now.  Back in 1905, the primary objective of the establishment of Mayo Association Dublin was to help migrants from the county to establish their presence and identity in the Capital. In those early days, it stood to reason that this social network was an invaluable not to mention a comforting resource for the Mayo diaspora in the capital. The visits back to mayo were infrequent – for many reasons, most notably, logistics, affordability,  not to mention time!

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What is truly remarkable and indeed has been commented on and mused upon by many, is how this Association  has maintained its significance and vibrancy to this day. We live in an era of a ‘virtual world’ – in which we can connect with each other through the touch of a button. Yet Our Association still stands, and if anything is strengthening year on year, evidenced by a stark rise in membership over the very recent years. Mayo Association Dublin events continue to receive overwhelming support from the Mayo diaspora. For a host of reasons, the Mayo connection remains significant – and underlines that despite the jaw-dropping advances in science and technology, human engagement is still relevant and worthwhile.

The following is an excerpt taken from “History of the Mayo Association, Dublin By John Garavin

“…Any attempt to identify the factors that have established Muintir Mhaigh Eo personnel in Dublin since the Association was founded in 1905 is not an easy one. Neither fact nor reason can explain how our Association has stood the test of time. In this year of 2005, the Association has reached its centenary.

It is a significant milestone in the history of any Association and it is fitting that the achievements, the personnel, the officers and ordinary members and supporters should be recognised and the contribution of so many people should be celebrated in a fitting way. The Mayo Association, Dublin was originally known as the ‘Mayo Men’s Association.’ For obvious reasons, that title is now history.

It is now proudly known as the Mayo Persons Association, or, more commonly, the Mayo Association. Mayo is a large barren county. Arable land constitutes a very small portion of its acreage. Being constantly battered by the Atlantic Ocean from Killala to Clew Bay and Killary, it boasts a delightful, jagged coastline. Now probably the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s coastal counties, for both the present Mayo residents and those who have had to make a living elsewhere, there is a strong attachment to their place of birth…

…In the early 1900s life was not kind to Mayo’s inhabitants. Being born 150 to 200 miles from the capital city of our country left an enormous amount of time and space between the local parliamentarians and the Government officials of the time, who either resided at Dublin Castle, Bank of Ireland, Dame Street, or, of course, in the house of Commons in London.

In researching the early days of the Mayo Association and the people responsible for bringing the body into being, it is important to understand something of the history and conditions of the time. Most people know of and have read about the Great Hunger of 1845-1848 and of the terrible consequences of that tragedy. We know how those who survived eked out a living from the land. If strength of will or mind were ever a necessity then it must surely have been in the aftermath of such an awful catastrophe and those unforgettable scenes of famine, despair, emigration and death.

Being a colony of the British Empire during the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, we relied greatly on the British administration for sustenance. World power countries demanded a lot from their colonies and Mayo and Ireland suffered hugely in terms of loss of life and human degradation. There were many fatalities from a very high infant mortality rate. The life expectancy threshold meant that a fifty year old was considered an old man. Many Mayo people emigrated in the late 1800s and early 1900s to the USA. These were extremely hazardous journeys with many succumbing to the hardships and perils of the voyages.

Great Britain was another popular destination for those seeking work and, to a lesser, extent, Dublin received her share of Mayo people who left their native place but did not go abroad. Of course there were tremendous scenes of sadness with each departure. Every house in Mayo had a ‘wake’ on the eve of a son or daughter going to the USA. In those days the ‘wake’ was recognized as probably the last time the parents of those taking the boat would ever see their offspring. A hundred years later, in an era of almost instant communication, it is hard to imagine what time, travel and communications were like then…”

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Events

Nov
23
Thu
2017
Castlebar International Song Contest Takes Centre Stage @ Ballsbridge Hotel
Nov 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Castlebar International Song Contest Takes Centre Stage @ Ballsbridge Hotel | County Dublin | Ireland

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell will officially launch ‘Castlebar International Song Contest’ – a comprehensive 22-year history by Paddy McGuinness of the famous contest which all started back in 1966 with just 70 entries to find a song that may make the town of Castlebar better known.

Paddy McGuinness, our ‘Mayo Person of the Year’ in 2000, who was one of the contest’s directors on a number of occasions, has written this book about this contest, staged in Castlebar from 1966 to 1988, which had the second richest prize fund of song contests worldwide, and attracted songwriters from all over the world.

And in the space of 22 years, it boasted the second highest prize fund for any song contest in the world. It had attracted 17,653 entries from songwriters in every continent and had become and one of RTE’s flagship programmes in the station’s annual schedule.

The history contains the facts and results from all of the contests, including fond memories from Gay Byrne, Terry Wogan, Mike Murphy and Acker Bilk. It also features photographs, many of which have not been seen before!

The book is on sale for €25 on www.mayobooks.ie or bit.ly/2xhOBkv. It would make a great Christmas gift for those who would like to have all of the facts and stories of the annual musical extravaganza!

Feb
10
Sat
2018
Mayo Annual Awards Banquet 2018 @ Ballsbridge Hotel
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Mayo Annual Awards Banquet 2018 @ Ballsbridge Hotel | Ballsbridge | County Dublin | Ireland

Nominations are now open for the 2018 ‘Mayo Person of the Year’, ‘Meitheal of the Year’ and ‘Young Mayo Person of the Year’ Awards, which will be presented at our Annual Awards Banquet – The Yew Tree Ball – on Saturday 10 February 2018 in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel

 Our Annual Awards Banquet recognise and acknowledge those individuals and organisations who are making a significant difference within our communities. The 2018 Awards will be sponsored by Connolly Motor Group, and all proceeds raised will be in aid of our charity partner – Mayo Mental Health Association.