The West's Awake With 2019 Award Winners!

Congratulations to Westport businessman Cathal Hughes (The ‘Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year’ for 2019), Castlebar’s Sara McFadden (Young Mayo Person of the Year) and Ballina’s Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls’ Remembrance Group (Meitheal) who were officially presented with their awards at THE YEW TREE BALL in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel on Saturday 9 February. 

For full details on all of our award winners click here.

2019 Award winners pictured (l-r) Terry Reilly, chairman of Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls’ Remembrance Group who accepted the Meitheal Award; Cathal Hughes, Mayo Person of the Year; and Sara McFadden, Young Mayo Person of the Year, at The Yew Tree Ball on Saturday 9 February. (Pic: Conor McKeown) 

Our award winners described just what winning their respective awards means to each one of them at our press launch on 17 January. The highlights of the night on 17 January were filmed by Breege Rowley, film editor and Association member from Swinford, 

About Us

Founded in 1905, Mayo Association Dublin is one of the best supported and active county associations in the country, with close to 600 members now on board. The Association is an effective outlet for Mayo’s Diaspora in Dublin through networking and friendship across 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, our Summer Party in July, and the ‘Mayo Schools Debating Competition’ (which we successfully launched in 2017). We also plan to roll out other events in the future – so watch this space!

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We launched our Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition for senior cycle students in the county in Autumn 2017, kindly sponsored by MAYO.IE in association with Bank of Ireland, Mayo, and with the proud patronage of former President of Ireland Dr Mary Robinson.

The competition is now an annual event, with the 2018 semi-finals returning to GMIT Castlebar in October 2018 whilst the Grand Final made a very welcome return to the Debating Chamber of Trinity College Dublin in November 2018.

During the latter part of 2019 we look forward to inviting more schools from Mayo on board for this year’s competition….and don’t worry as advance notice will be given!

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide number of fundraising events for charities and worthy causes throughout Mayo. For example, proceeds from our raffle draw at The Yew Tree Ball 2018 in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel raised over €6,500 for our charity partner Mayo Mental Health AssociationAnd our chosen charity partner at this year’s gala event on Saturday 9 February will be Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service.

The West's Awake With 2019 Annual Award Winners

Congratulations to Westport businessman Cathal Hughes (The ‘Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year’ for 2019), Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls’ Remembrance Group from Ballina (Meitheal) and Castlebar’s Sara McFadden (Young Mayo Person of the Year) who were presented with their awards at The Yew Tree Ball in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel on Saturday 9 February.

For further information on all of our award winners click here.

2019 Award winners pictured (l-r) Terry Reilly, who accepted the Meitheal Award on behalf of Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls’ Remembrance Group; Cathal Hughes, Mayo Person of the Year; and Sara McFadden, Young Mayo Person of the Year, at The Yew Tree Ball on Saturday 9 February. 

Our award winners described just what winning their respective awards for very worthy endeavours in their communities has meant to them at our press launch, held on 17 January. A huge thanks to Breege Rowley, film editor and Association member from Swinford, who filmed the following highlights of the evening in the Ballsbridge Hotel.

 

 

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, our 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 Yew Tree Ball (incoporating the Annual Awards Gala in February) and our Summer Party in July.

Autumn 2017 saw the launch of our Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition for senior cycle students in the county, with sponsorship provided by MAYO.IE in association with Bank of Ireland, MayoThe event carries the proud patronage of Dr Mary Robinson.

The competition is now an annual event, with the 2018 semi-finals returning to GMIT Castlebar in October 2018 whilst the Grand Final made a very welcome return to the Debating Chamber of Trinity College Dublin in November 2018. During the latter part of 2019 we look forward to inviting more schools from Mayo on board for this year’s competition….and don’t worry as advance notice will be given!

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide range of fundraising events for charities and worthy causes throughout Mayo. For example, proceeds from our raffle draw at The Yew Tree Ball 2018 in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel raised over €6,500 for our charity partner Mayo Mental Health AssociationAnd our chosen charity partner at this year’s gala event on Saturday 9 February will be Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service.

 

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 – known back then as 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 Association was set up with its primary objective to help migrants from the county to establish their presence and identity in Dublin. In those early days, it stood to reason that this social network was an invaluable and a comforting resource for Mayo’s Diaspora in the capital. The visits back to Mayo were infrequent for many reasons – most notably, logistics, affordability and time!

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What’s truly remarkable, and indeed has been commented and mused upon by many, is how this Association has maintained its significance and vibrancy to this day. Living in an era of a ‘virtual world’, 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 sharp rise in membership in 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 as relevant and worthwhile as ever!

The following is an excerpt from “History of the Mayo Association, Dublin“ by John Garavin (President of the Association from 2001-2003, following a two-year term as Vice-President from 1998-2000 and before that as PRO from 1991-1993).

“…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

Mar
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Fri
2019
Mentoring & Networking Breakfast Meeting @ Byrne Wallace
Mar 1 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Mentoring & Networking Breakfast Meeting @ Byrne Wallace | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Mayo Association Dublin is hosting this unique Mentoring and Networking Event for Mayo people based in Dublin. Whatever sector you work in or whatever work you wish to get into, sign up and benefit from the connections, experience and expertise of Mayo’s industry leaders in Dublin.

The breakfast meeting will take place at the offices of law firm Byrne Wallace on 88 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, on Friday 1 March. Starting at 7.30am sharp and concluding just before 9am, our event will consist of networking and connecting with people over a light breakfast throughout the morning.

The purpose of the event is for Mayo people starting off in their careers to learn from, network with and get some invaluable advice and guidance from other Mayo people who have trodden their path ahead of them.

Mentors and mentees will be connected over a light breakfast, where informal advice will be given and contacts and networks established and strengthened. Mentors who are not already members of our Association will be asked to join on the morning of the event or they can sign up here online….it’s just €25 for life membership!