Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The plans for a countywide virtual celebration of St Patrick’s Day have just been officially launched on the Mayo.ie website.

With Covid-19-related restrictions preventing the hosting of physical St Patrick’s Day parades around the county for the second year in a row, Mayo Co Council and partners will instead host an array of festivities via the Mayo.ie website and associated social media channels. Virtual Paddy's Day

The celebration will mark Mayo’s pride in Ireland’s national feast day through a joyous and uplifting celebration of Irish heritage.

The programme has been designed to afford an opportunity for people at home and away to enjoy a trip down memory lane and will include the sharing of a wide selection of images, videography and memorabilia from parades around the county and overseas in times gone by.

It also includes some great music from the likes of the world-famous Achill Pipe Band and The Lone Piper.

The festivities will commence at 10.30am on March 17 next with the livestreaming of Mass from The Church of the Sacred Heart in Belmullet.

Further highlights will include a St Patrick’s Day badge-making workshop courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, Turlough Park and a virtual trip through the historical Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina.

The event will culminate in a live musical  show entitled ‘The Story of St Patrick’ which will be broadcast in partnership with the Town Hall in Westport via Facebook live on the Mayo.ie page at 7.30pm www.facebook.com/mayodotie  and will be accessible globally.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Richard Finn remarked: “The celebration of our national day is important to all of us. Festivals and celebrations are one of the casualties of Covid-19 and we look forward to a time when we can mark major occasions in a physical way again.  Connecting with our diaspora on March 17 is a longstanding tradition and although it is very different this year, I would encourage everyone to log onto mayo.ie for the virtual St Patrick’s Day. The importance of staying connected in these times has never been more important”.

Mayo County Council’s municipal district teams have liaised with the county’s international twin towns to coordinate the sharing of messages between mayors and officials virtually on the day- maintaining an important tradition in the absence of the usual visits to those locations by Mayo delegations this year.

Throughout the week of March 12-19 Mayo Public Participation Network in collaboration with Mayo.ie and the Climate Action Office will also broadcast a series of short videos on social media and mayo.ie daily to showcase the brilliant efforts of Mayo community groups to address  issues like coastal erosion, biodiversity loss, food waste, energy reduction, transport emissions and other climate and biodiversity matters.

Links to the videos will be on www.mayo.ie, www.mayoppn.ie and all connected social media.

All details of Mayo’s Virtual St. Patrick’s Day 2021 will be showcased on www.mayo.ie from Tuesday,  March 16 together with updates on @mayodotie and @MayoCoCo accpunts across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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