The World Convention of Mayo Associations 2016
The 2016 World Convention took place on 29th April to the 1st May at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet. The event was hosted by Mayo Association Dublin in conjunction with Mayo County Council. This event which is hosted every two years by one of the Mayo Associations globally provides the network of Associations scattered across the globe an opportunity to connect, network and strengthen ties with each other. The convention ensures the Associations continue to remain strong, vibrant and purposeful at a time when more and more Mayo people are emigrating and building roots away from their home county and in need of support from the Mayo diaspora.
The theme of this year’s Convention was “Mayo The Connected County “.
The convention was officially opened by representatives of Mayo County Council on the Friday evening at Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet. On the Saturday the convention incorporated several sessions over the weekend covering a diverse range of themes such as sustaining jobs, growth and investment in Mayo, Mayo – heartbeat of the Wild Atlantic Way, Global Mayo and Mayo Day initiatives.
A range of moderators facilitated each session from different walks of life and supported the speakers at the Convention. Key-note speakers who are connected in some way to the topics of discussion under the various themes had the support of a panel who led discussions on the topics at hand.
The highlight of the convention was the gala banquet which took place on the Saturday night in the Broadhaven Bay hotel. The banquet dinner was a black tie event and was a fantastic occasion for Mayo’s to mingle, socialise and dance until the early hours with musical entertainment being provided by The Brose Walsh Band. Irish TV broadcast a wonderful live show from the event which was hosted by the very able Maria Walsh, former Rose of Tralee and native of Shrule , County Mayo. The weekend finished on a high note with a tour provided by Professor Seamas Caulfield of the Ceide Fields and a party into the wee small hours in Teach John Joe!
The 30th April was the second ever Mayo Day and the Association marked the occasion by showcasing and celebrating the best of County Mayo by the attendees of the convention who represented the Associations from around the world. By supporting the Mayo Day initiative, the Convention conveyed to our diaspora what it means to have Mayo heritage and be in some way connected with the county.