The President of the United States, Joe Biden has sent a message from the White House for Mayo people around the globe.
“The places where we are from shape us, climb into our hearts and never leave us.
“My great-grandfather Edward Francis Blewitt traced his roots to Ballina, from where his family boarded a ship 165 years ago, bound for the promise of America.
“He instilled in his family, including my mother Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, a deep overwhelming pride in his heritage.
“It is a pride I carry with me to this day and a pride I know I share with the many people of County Mayo.
Mayo Day is a celebration of Mayo people in Mayo communities around the world.
Now in its 8th year, the initiative has grown from strength to strength, with the 2022 event returning to a physical festival following the restrictions of the previous years.
‘Home to where the Heart is’ will see the County Town of Castlebar transformed into a hive of Mayo Day celebration and artistic wonderment with something for all the family and for all age groups.