It is the inaugural MAYO DAY today 2nd May 2015 a celebration of all that is great about this county. From its history and culture, to its majestic landscape its people and its produce. There will be festivities throughout the county and Mayo’s global diaspora will celebrate Mayo Day also, with Niagara Falls as just one example, been lit in the green and red of Mayo for a while today.
I believe this is one of the greats of Mayo; one of Mayo’s great unsung heroes is Leo O’Shaughnessy from my local town of Castlebar. Who for over 30 years, brought cheer and good will on May Day morning’s by leaving the traditional May flowers outside many doors in the town. Leo due to age and ill health preformed the May Day tradition for the last time last year but he has inspired a new generation to continue to leave the May flowers on many thresholds this May Day morning.
Take a look at the following a youtube link showing a short film of Leo O’Shaughnessy on his final May Day tradition.