Upwards of 1,000 people turned out at the Market Square, Castlebar, on Saturday for what was described by Fine Gael leader Deputy Enda Kenny as 'the biggest political rally held in the county town many years'.
Deputy Kenny spoke for 14 minutes on the need to bring fresh ideas and a new imagination to government.
He promised to rid Irish politics of the corruption and cronyism that had been the hallmark of previous administrations and gave a pledge to have the county back on its feet economically by 2016.
Deputy Kenny said the electorate of Mayo had a unique opportunity to elect a Toaiseach as well as three other Fine Gael TDs for the county in what would represent a resounding message for change.
Former Fine Gael leader John Bruton said he was proud of what Deputy Kenny had achieved since taking over a party on its knees following the 2002 general election.
"He has done so well because, essentially, he is such a nice, honest and decent man. The county needs his kind of leadership."
MEP Jim Higgins said the days of Fianna Fáil dominating Mayo politics were over and it was not before time.
Deputy Michael Ring, Deputy John O'Mahony and Councillor Michelle Mulherin also addressed the large gathering.
Meanwhile, Fine Gael has moved to clear any confusion there may be over how supporters should cast their number two votes.
Party hierarchy are appealing for supporters in Achill, Westport and Erris to give their number one vote to Deputy Michael Ring and their number two to Councillor Michelle Mulherin.
In the Ballinrobe area they are seeking the number one for Deputy Ring and number twos for Deputy John O'Mahony.
In Castlebar that are seeking first preferences for party leader Deputy Enda Kenny with an equal distribution of number twos to Deputy O'Mahony and Councillor Mulherin.
Pictured is Michael Ring canvassing local thatcher Mike Hardyman in Cross. Photo: Michael McLaughlin.