The West's Awake With 2019 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 Award winner) and Castlebar’s Sara McFadden (Young Mayo Person of the Year) who will be 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.

 

Cathal Hughes (Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year); Sara McFadden (Young Mayo Person of the Year) and Pat Diamond and Bernie Finan (who accepted the Meitheal Award on behalf of the Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls’ Remembrance Group) pictured (above) at the press reception in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Thursday 17 January to announce our 2019 award winners. And below are highlights of the night as each one of our award winners describe just what winning the awards means to them.

Yew Tree Ball Is Just The Ticket for 2019!

Get your tickets here for THE YEW TREE BALL (incorporating the ANNUAL AWARDS 2019)…..they’re just one click away!

Why Not Sponsor The Annual Awards 2019!

We’re offering great sponsorship packages to all companies, organisations and agencies who are interested in supporting our ‘Annual Awards 2019’.

So, CLICK HERE to find out how ‘YEW’ can play a leading role at our YEW TREE BALL on Saturday 9 February 2019! 

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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Autumn 2017 saw the launch of our inaugural Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition for senior cycle students in County Mayo, which was sponsored by MAYO.IE in association with Bank of Ireland, Mayo

The competition carried the proud patronage of Dr. Mary Robinson, and following the semi-final stages in GMIT Castlebar in October the Grand Final took place in the Debating Chamber of Trinity College Dublin in mid-November. The event proved to be so successful that it will now become an annual event for the Association. Click here for more details

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide range of fundraising events for charities and worthy causes throughout Mayo.

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

Click here for booking details to reserve your tickets.

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 Award winner) and Castlebar’s Sara McFadden (Young Mayo Person of the Year) who will be officially 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.

Cathal Hughes (Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year); Sara McFadden (Young Mayo Person of the Year) and Pat Diamond and Bernie Fianan (who accepted the Meitheal Award on behalf of the Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls’ Remembrance Group)

The highlights of the night were filmed by Breege Rowley, film editor and Association member from Swinford, as our award winners describe just what winning their respective awards for such very worthy endeavours in their communities means to each one of them.

 

 

Yew Tree Ball Is Just The Ticket for 2019!

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for The Yew Tree Ball (incorporating the official presentation to our annual award winners for 2019)…..they’re just ONE CLICK AWAY

Would 'YEW' Like To Sponsor the Annual Awards 2019?

We’re offering great sponsorship packages to companies, organisations and agencies who are interested in supporting our ‘Annual Awards 2019’.

So, CLICK HERE to find out how ‘YEW’ can play a leading role at our YEW TREE BALL on Saturday 9 February!

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 also carries the proud patronage of Dr Mary Robinson.

The competition is now an annual event for the Association, with the 2018 semi-finals returning to GMIT Castlebar on 20 October 2018 whilst the Grand Final also returned to the Debating Chamber of Trinity College Dublin on 17 November 2018. We look forward to inviting more schools from Mayo to get involved in our 2019 competition – so we’ll be in touch in due course!

Mayo Association Dublin is also heavily involved in a wide range of fundraising events for charities and worthy causes throughout Mayo. For example, our raffle draw at The Yew Tree Ball 2018 in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel raised €6,500 for our charity partner Mayo Mental Health AssociationAnd our chosen charity partner at ‘The Yew Tree Ball 2019’ 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 on 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 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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Feb
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Yew Tree Ball (Annual Awards) 2019 @ Ballsbridge Hotel,
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The awards for the 2019 ‘Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year’, the ‘Meitheal’ and the ‘Young Mayo Person of the Year’ will be presented at The Yew Tree Ball on Saturday 9 February in Dublin’s  Ballsbridge Hotel.

Our Awards Banquet will again recognise and acknowledge both individuals and organisations who continue to make a significant difference within communities throughout Mayo.

And we’re delighted to announce that all proceeds from the 2019 bumper draw on the night will be donated to Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service.

CLICK HERE for information on two current projects by Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service to build two state-of-the-art hospice units in Castlebar and Roscommon Town, which are scheduled to open their doors in 2019 and 2020.