Mayo Council Chief to Address Business Lunch 2019

Mayo Association Dublin is delighted to announce that Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, will be the Guest Speaker at our Annual Business Lunch on Friday 1 November in Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel.

 

Working consistently to encourage linkages with the Mayo Diaspora and enterprise and investment in the county, he will relate the success stories of those companies from Mayo who have made their mark, and our strong spirit of entrepreneurship that continues to make great strides both at home and abroad.

Click here for further information…..

Summer Party Snapshots

Many long-standing and new Association members and their friends joined us for our Annual MAD Summer Party at the Iveagh Garden Hotel on Dublin’s Harcourt Street on Thursday 11 July. Check out a selection of snapshots at which our party guests enjoyed a great selection of tasty food from the BBQ menu, complimentary G&Ts from our ‘Conncullin Gin Bar’ (courtesy of Connacht Whiskey Distillery), plus wine and beer to quench their thirst on a sunny summer’s evening in the capital!

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. 

Mayo County Council's CEO To Address Business Lunch

Mayo Association Dublin is delighted to announce that Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, will be the Guest Speaker at our Annual Business Lunch on Friday 1 November in Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel.

 

Working consistently to encourage linkages with the Mayo Diaspora and enterprise and investment in the county, he will relate the success stories of those companies from Mayo who have made their mark, and our strong spirit of entrepreneurship that continues to make great strides both at home and abroad.

Click here for further information…..

Snapshots from MAD Summer Party 2019!

Many long-standing and relatively new Association members and their friends enjoyed our Annual MAD Summer Party at the Iveagh Garden Hotel on Dublin’s Harcourt Street on Thursday 11 July.

Check out these SELECTION OF SNAPSHOTS at our party, at which guests enjoyed a great selection of food from the BBQ menu, in addition to complimentary G&Ts from our ‘Conncullin Gin Bar’ (courtesy of Connacht Whiskey Distillery), plus a range of wine and beers to quench their thirst on a sunny summer’s evening in the capital!

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), the Mayo Schools’ Debating Competition (October/November), The Yew Tree Ball & Annual Awards Gala (February), Christmas Party (December) and Summer Party (July).

Launched in 2017, the 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 with the Grand Final making a 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 such a resounding success that we now plan to hold another event in the not-too-distant future….so watch this space.

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 Yew Tree Ball 2018 in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel, we were delighted to present our 2019 charity partner Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation with a cheque for €10,000. This money 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

Sep
20
Fri
2019
‘Turas na mBan’ 2019 Conference @ Glen Keen Farm & Visitor Centre
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm

A two-day conference entitled Turas na mBan will be held in Glen Keen Farm & Visitor Centre and The Derrylahan Bar & Bistro in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September.

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Mayo Association Dublin’s Business Lunch 2019 @ Intercontinental Hotel
Nov 1 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, will be the Guest Speaker at our Annual Business Lunch on Friday 1 November in Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel.

Working consistently to encourage linkages with the Mayo Diaspora and enterprise and investment in the county, he will relate the success stories of those companies from Mayo who have made their mark, and our strong spirit of entrepreneurship that continues to make great strides both at home and abroad.

Having first joined Mayo County Council in 1984 in the Architects Department, he was appointed Mayo County Manager in May 2010, and has been Chief Executive since June 2014, following the change of title under the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will only be issued upon payment in full.

Entrance will not be admitted without a ticket.

Nov
15
Fri
2019
Mayo Business Awards 2019 @ McWilliam Park Hotel
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Entries are now open until 30 September for the Mayo Business Awards 2019 to recognise businesses across the county who have excelled or achieved success within the last year. The award winners will be honoured at a Gala Ceremony in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris on Friday 15 November.

With 12 award categories there’s no limit to the number of categories that businesses can enter as long as the criteria for each award is fully met. Entries are free and can be made online on or before 30 September. A shortlist of potential winners for each award will be released prior to the Awards Ceremony.

Tickets are now available and cost €60 per person. This includes a four-course dinner with a prosecco reception. Guest speakers from the business world will also be in attendance on the night, followed by entertainment into the early hours. It promises to be another high calibre and prestigious event and will provide a unique opportunity for businesses across the county to network.

Pictured (l-r): John Magee, Head of Enterprise at LEO Mayo; Elaine Moyles, LEO Mayo; Anne Cunnane, Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce; Brian Moran, Westport Chamber of Commerce; Mags Martin, Ballina Chamber of Commerce; Patrick Broderick, President of Claremorris Chamber of Commerce; Geraldine Horkan, CE Supervisor at Westport Chamber of Commerce; Stephanie Columbani, Westport Chamber of Commerce, and Sylvester Jennings, Castlebar Chamber of Commerce.