- Daithí Ó Gallchobhair
- Foilsithe DFómh. 2, 2018
Déanta i Maigh Eo – Ar an mbóthar
After launching the Déanta i Maigh Eo initiative earlier in the year, producers from across the county attended the heritage days in Belmullet and Ballina, to showcase the best of what the county has to offer. The network aims to market Mayo produce in a collective manner, where producers can depend on one another, form partnerships and develop public knowledge and awareness surrounding the vast array of Mayo produced goods across the areas of craft, food and drink.
Both days were a huge success. As usual, massive crowds descended upon Ballina for the annual Salmon Festival. Gnó Mhaigh Eo had been working hand in hand with the festival as they included Irish on their posters, programmes and added the cúpla focal to some of their social media posts. It was a fitting festival to hold the first showcase event of the Déanta i Maigh Eo group. With 12 stalls situated on the site of the OldBarracks, the makeshift village was an attraction for anyone who wanted to try out some of the beer from the Reel Deel Brewery, check out some of Joe McDermott’s hand crafted wooden pieces or marvel at the vibrant colours of Saileen Drumm’s Art display.
Just a few weeks later the group were ar an mbóthar bound for Béal an Mhuirthead. The heritage festival always brings life and energy to the town of Belmullet, with ceol, damhsa agus siamsaíocht in every corner. This time around, the Déanta i Maigh Eo stalls were side by side along America Street. Éilis Keane’s handmade children’s clothing was a popular stop, Blisswood frames were also attracting attention, and many indulged in the sweet treats on sale by Noo. With clear skies and a bustling atmosphere, the event proved to be just as successful as the Salmon Festival!
What the future holds for the collective, we do not yet know. However, given the success of the first two outings, it is likely that a calendar of events will be developed and the Déanta i Maigh Eo presence will become a key element of festivals across the country in the near future.