Attymass in Mayo win Irelands' 2017 Pride of Place Award

Manchester Irish Festival 2017

The tiny Parish of Attymass in North Mayo has just won Irelands' 2017 Pride of Place competition for Category 1. The small rural parish with strong links to Levenshulme in South Mancheter, is situated just 7 miles outside of Ballina and was nominated by Mayo County Council to represent the County in the prestigious national competition. The visit by judges from the event took place on Tuesday 18 July in glorious sunshine to show its visitors just why this hidden tourism gem is attracting and mesmerising visitors from all over the world. The judges and visitors to the judging day were treated to performances from the Bofield Ceili Band, the Atttymass Youth Choir and the recently crowned five times Attymass World Champion Irish Dancer, Stephen Gallagher and his award winning sister Shannon.

The judges were then shown a short video presentation of the features of the parish which is nestled between the majestic Ox Mountains and the Salmon Laden River Moy and taken on a short tour of the parish to visit its historic sites and its hidden gems.

Tony Hennigan from the Manchester Irish Festival website and the director of Mayo Manchester, whose parents come from Attymass commented "It great to see the Parish win this prestigious award in recognition of all the hard work that each and every member of the community at home and abroad put into their home town. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the presentation to the National judges during the summer. It was no surprise to me that they beat off competition from all over Ireland to walk away with the award. The whole of the Parish had spent countless hours in preparing for the event and the parish glistened in the summer sunshine. We have been working with the Parish since 2012 to develop its Tourism strategy by helping it organise an annual festival to celebrate its unique landscape and its award winning musicians singers and dancers as part of the annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest which takes place every year at the beginning of August. It is great to see it winning the award which I am sure will put it firmly on the tourism map."

For further information about the Parish and the event visit www.attymass.ie