Highlights of The Yew Tree Ball 2019

Highlights of this year’s Yew Tree Ball will be broadcast on Sky Channel 192 (Freesat 161) on Thursday 11 April 7pm, and will be repeated on Saturday 13 April @ 8pm and Tuesday 16 April at 12.30 lunchtime.

Here’s a promo video of our Yew Tree Ball (from Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel on Saturday 9 February) by IMayo TV. Mayo Association Dublin would like to extend our huge gratitude to Henry Mc Glade and the film crew for the wonderful coverage of our Annual Awards ceremony.

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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. 

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 what winning their respective awards means to each one of them at our Press Launch on 17 January, specially filmed below for Mayo Association Dublin by Breege Rowley, Swinford film editor and Association member.

Click here for full details on all of our award winners.

About Us

Founded in 1905, Mayo Association Dublin (MAD) is one of the best supported and active county associations in the country. With now over 600 members on board, our Association is proving to be an effective outlet for Mayo’s Diaspora in Dublin through networking and friendship in business, social/cultural and sporting sectors.

Highlights of our calendar year include the Annual Business Lunch (November), Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition (October/November), The Yew Tree Ball & Annual Awards Gala (February), Christmas Party (December) and Summer Party (July).

Having launched in 2017, Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition is now an annual event for senior cycle students in the county. With sponsorship provided by MAYO.IE in association with Bank of Ireland, Mayo, the event carries the proud patronage of Dr Mary Robinson, the 2018 semi-finals returned 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. This autumn we will invite Mayo schools on board for the 2019 competition…. advance notice will be given! 

This year also saw the launch of our Mentorship & Networking Breakfast Meeting on Friday 1 March. It enabled Mayo’s business people in the capital to connect, network and share their experiences with Mayo students studying in Dublin (or who started out on their career paths within the last five years). The breakfast meeting, which was attended by over 100 mentors and mentees, was so successful that we now plan to hold another event later in the year.

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide range of fundraising events for charities and worthy causes throughout Mayo. For example, following our bumper raffle draw held on the night of this year’s Yew Tree Ball in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel, we were delighted to present our 2019 charity partner Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation with a cheque for €10,000, which will go towards the development of the West of Ireland’s first state-of-the-art palliative care units in Castlebar and Roscommon Town. 

Highlights of The Yew Tree Ball 2019

Here’s a preview screening of our advert that will be shown during the special ‘Yew Tree Ball 2019’ programme to be broadcast on Sky Channel 192 (Freesat 161) on Thursday 11 April 7pm, as part of iMayoTV’s ‘Ireland – At Home and Abroad’ series, which will be repeated on Saturday 13 April @ 8pm and Tuesday 16 April at 12.30 lunchtime. 

 

And below is the promotional video of our Yew Tree Ball (from Ballsbridge Hotel on Saturday 9 February) by IMayo TV. We would like to extend our huge thanks to Henry Mc Glade and the film crew for the wonderful coverage of our Annual Awards ceremony.

Posted by Henry Mc Glade on Monday, 18 March 2019

Congratulations once again 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.

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

YEW TREE BALL SPONSORS: Sincere thanks for the invaluable support of our sponsors in making this year’s Yew Tree Ball such a phenomenal success. It is, as always, very much appreciated. We would not be able to run an event of this calibre without this assistance. 

GOLD SPONSORS:  Connacht Whiskey Company Ltd  Lindt Fior Uisce; SILVER SPONSORS: DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland Salamanca Tapas Bar/Mexico To Rome Mayo.ieFlynn O’DriscollArkphire ITSherry FitzGerald Lettings; BRONZE SPONSORS: JV Geary Solicitors PEL Waste Reduction Equipment  Pro Print UltraPure LaboratoriesBank of Ireland MayoMilltown Total Health Pharmacy

Thanks also to Swinford’s Breege Rowley, film editor and Association member, who captured the highlights of our Press Launch earlier this year in the Ballsbridge Hotel, at which we announced our three award winners. 

About Us

Founded in 1905, Mayo Association Dublin (MAD) is one of the best supported and active county associations in the country. With now over 600 members on board, our Association is proving to be an effective outlet for Mayo’s Diaspora in Dublin through networking and friendship in business, social/cultural and sporting sectors.

Highlights of our calendar year include the Annual Business Lunch (November), Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition (October/November), The Yew Tree Ball & Annual Awards Gala (February), Christmas Party (December) and Summer Party (July).

Having launched in 2017, Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition is now an annual event for senior cycle students in the county. With sponsorship provided by MAYO.IE in association with Bank of Ireland, Mayo, the event carries the proud patronage of Dr Mary Robinson, the 2018 semi-finals returned 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. This autumn we will invite Mayo schools on board for the 2019 competition…. advance notice will be given! 

This year also saw the launch of our Mentorship & Networking Breakfast Meeting on Friday 1 March. It enabled Mayo’s business people in the capital to connect, network and share their experiences with Mayo students studying in Dublin (or who started out on their career paths within the last five years). The breakfast meeting, which was attended by over 100 mentors and mentees, was so successful that we now plan to hold another event later in the year.

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide range of fundraising events for charities and worthy causes throughout Mayo. For example, following our bumper raffle draw held on the night of this year’s Yew Tree Ball in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel, we were delighted to present our 2019 charity partner Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation with a cheque for €10,000, which will go towards the development of the West of Ireland’s first state-of-the-art palliative care units in Castlebar and Roscommon Town. 

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.

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

May
28
Tue
2019
An Evening of Talks on Michael Davitt
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
An Evening of Talks on Michael Davitt @ Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Bernard O’Hara, one of Ireland’s leading historians and Mayo native, will give a special talk on Michael Davitt in the Iveagh Garden Hotel on Tuesday 28 May (starting @ 7.30pm). Entrance fee is just €5 and tea and coffee will be served afterwards. All are welcome to come along!

Bernard’s latest book ‘Irish Patriot and Founder of the Land League’ is a concise biography of Michael Davitt, which was first published in 2006 in association with the Michael Davitt Memorial Association.

Meanwhile, tune into 103.2 Dublin City FM on Friday evening at 8pm to hear about our upcoming event by  Eddie Melvin, President of Mayo Association Dublin, in conversation with presenter Donal O’hUallachain on his ‘Looking Back’ local history show.

 

Jun
1
Sat
2019
‘All Our Yesterdays’ Premiere Screening in Swinford @ The Gateway Hotel
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
'All Our Yesterdays' Premiere Screening in Swinford @ The Gateway Hotel | Co. Mayo | Ireland

Swinford native Breege Rowley, an award-winning independent film editor with over 20 years industry experience, is putting the finishes touches to her feature documentary ‘All Our Yesterdays’  to be screened in The Gateway Hotel on 1 June, as part of the ‘Swinford 250’ celebrations.

Breege, who is a member of Mayo Association Dublin, is currently in the process of completing her documentary, which she says has significant social and historical benefits. “Whilst the film is locally based in Swinford, its effect is much more far reaching as it challenges the notion of the impending death of rural Irish communities.

“As the late Mayo-born journalist John Healy once said ‘No one shouted Stop’, the main purpose of the film is to assist in shouting STOP by shining a light on the realities of life in Mayo now and then, showing how a community can effect change by embracing its past,” according to Breege.

The documentary follows the story of a typical rural Mayo village and its inhabitants over the past 100 years, recording their sense of identity, family, inclusiveness and community which endears today. The film serves as a metaphor for the traditional rural life in Mayo and Ireland through the words and experiences of the ordinary person, and she hopes that it will be viewed as “an important historical archive” in the years to come.

Jul
1
Mon
2019
Swinford Gets Set for Connacht Fleadh Cheoil
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 7 @ 10:00 pm

The Swinford-based Michael Davitt Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is set to host Fleadh Cheoil Chonnachta from Monday 1- Sunday 7 July.

“We are very proud to host Fleadh Cheoil Chonnachta in the year that Swinford is celebrating 250 years of its existence. In addition to the formalities of the Fleadh competitions we see this as an exciting opportunity to showcase our local talent through fringe events while providing entertainment to the hundreds of visitors that will descend on our town in early July,” according to Máirin Noone, a spokesperson for the Michael Davitt Branch.

These will include various musical sessions and ‘Rambling House’ events. In addition two concerts have been arranged for the evenings of 2 and 6 July featuring some well-known groups in the traditional music scene.

This Comhaltas branch was formed in 1958, the first such branch in Mayo, and hosted Fleadh Cheoil Chonnachta the following year and hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 1961. Since then many County and Provincial Fleadhanna have been held in Swinford, most recently the very successful Mayo Fleadhanna of 2013, 2014 and 2015.

At local level, due to widespread community support and many volunteers, the Branch has greatly expanded in terms of membership and diversity of activity., which has been achieved through weekly sessions of traditional music and song hosted in turn by one of seven of the pubs in Swinford Town.