MAYO County Council will be introducing several greening elements to this year’s showcase Mayo Day event at the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, in Turlough House on Saturday, May 4.
‘The Mayo Word’ is a fun, free, family event which is celebrating the fifth annual Mayo Day, running from 12 noon until 6 p.m.
A number of initiatives will be taking place to ensure the day runs smoothly and ‘green’ for the benefit of those attending and our environment.
A free shuttle bus service will run between Castlebar Library and Turlough village from 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Mayo Day.
As parking in Turlough village is extremely limited, visitors to the Mayo Word are strongly encouraged to park in any of the public car parks around Castlebar Library and use this free service.
The service, which is being organised in conjunction with Local Link Mayo, will be fully wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair users are advised to pre-book before Saturday, May 4, by calling (094) 9047571 or (094) 9047642.
Attendees are also encouraged to use the greenway from Castlebar town centre to Turlough House as a means of getting to the venue.
On the day they will be encouraging all visitors to go plastic free by choosing tap water over bottled water. Refill Ireland will be present with their mobile hydration stations, providing easy access to drinking water.
The first 60 people who arrive at the Mayo Day event using the greenway will be rewarded with a free reusable drink bottle made from natural biodegradable materials. Everyone is reminded to bring their own drink bottle to the event so they can refill on the day.
The council will also be greening the event by providing highly visible festival bins throughout the park for visitors to easily recycle. They will also be providing bins for food waste and compostable packaging on the day and a team of ‘Green Your Festival’ volunteers will be available to offer advice.
Younger visitors will be able to take part in some creative green themed workshops. To learn more about the environment and climate change, pop into the Neighbourhood tent.
To further reduce the environmental impact of the event Mayo County Council will be using their electric vans to transport materials and from the site in the run up to the event. These vans will be on display at Mayo Day.
Said Sharon Cameron, environment awareness officer with Mayo County Council: “We are delighted to be ‘greening’ the Mayo Day showcase event. The beautiful grounds of the National Museum of Country life are a real reminder to us all on how important it is to protect our natural environment.
“Festivals are a great way of celebrating our culture in Mayo but they have also the potential to have a negative impact on the environment by generating extra waste and litter. By introducing some simple measures to help visitors travel sustainably, reduce waste, and recycle on the day we will help protect our beautiful environment.”
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