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Age Friendly

 Mayo signed up to the Age Friendly Counties programme in 2013.

The aim of the project, which was developed by the World Health Organisation, is to help communities across the globe to put in place the necessary supports and structure to respond to the challenges posed by their ageing populations.

Mayo County Council co-ordinates The Age Friendly Programme for the County. There are 3 key elements to the programme:  The Age Friendly Alliance, The Older Peoples Council and a 5 year Age Friendly Strategy.


The Age Friendly Alliance brings together older people, service providers and businesses that can take the lead on changing thinking about aging and how services to older people are planned and delivered. 

The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council is the Chair of the Alliance.

Other members include the Gardai, HSE, MSLETB, GMIT, Representatives from the Older Peoples Council, Representatives from the Business Forum and the Service Providers Forum,

Mayo Community Transport, Mayo Sports Partnership, South West Mayo Development Company and Mayo North East, Mayo Volunteer Centre, Mayo PPN,


The Alliance’s key function is to oversee the implementation of the Age Friendly Strategy and it must work to overcome barriers that prevent delivery of it.


Mayo’s Age Friendly Strategy, a 5 year plan, launched in 2016, sets out a wide range of actions, that provides a vision for a  county where everybody as they age are supported, connected and valued for their contribution to community and family life.


This plan was developed by the Alliance, in consultation with older people in the County, and with reference to the HaPAI (Healthy and Positive AGEING Initiative) research project.


One of the key structures of Mayo’s Age Friendly Programme, is the Older Peoples Council.

This is up and running in Mayo since 2016.

It’s a group of volunteers who represent older people in the County and it promotes the inclusion of older people in all areas of community life. It works as a partner with the Age Friendly Alliance and will generate new ideas for new and creative age friendly projects, tackling a range of issues from isolation and loneliness to fitness and active ageing.

For further details about the programme contact any of the following Age Friendly Team:



Community Engagement Section

Mayo County Council, Top Floor, Cedar House, Moneen Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.


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Mayo Career Fair 2019


Mayo Career Fair 2019 – GMIT Castlebar 12th January 2019 – Helping Teens With Career Choice

Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, and their families, are invited to attend the Mayo Career Fair 2019, in GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, on Saturday, January 12 (11am to 3pm).

The purpose of Mayo Career Fair 2019 is to arm students and families with key information on the various options available to them upon completing their second-level education. Admission will be free of charge.

Mr. Brian Mooney, a Guidance Counsellor and educational expert, will be in attendance as a guest speaker on the day. As an educational analyst with a weekly column in the Irish Times, he delivered a most comprehensive presentation with the most relevant, current and strategic information useful in researching and preparing for career pathways.

Other guest speakers confirmed for the event are Angelina Nugent and Gerry Hussey. Angelina Nugent is Sports Editor with Midwest Radio and also works as part of the news team at the station. Gerry Hussey is a Performance Psychology Consultant & Motivational Speaker.

Stands from leading CAO universities and colleges from Ireland and the UK will afford students the opportunity to ask key questions about those institutions, entry requirements and employment possibilities. Non-college options will also be presented on the day.

There will also be presentations on the CAO application process, SUSI – grant applications, HEAR / DARE – Higher Education Access Route and Disability Access Route to Education, Apprenticeships, UCAS – application process to UK Colleges, UNICAS – application process to European colleges and bursaries and scholarships

The event is being organised by The Education and Training Working Group of Mayo Local Community Development Committee, Mayo County Council,, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board, South Mayo GAA Board and supported by Mayo Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Mayo Local Employment Service (LES), Health Service Executive (HSE), Údarás na Gaeltachta, Probation Service,  the Mayo GAA Coaching Committee, St Jarlath’s Credit Union (Tuam) and Claremorris/Ballinrobe Credit Union, South West Mayo Development Company and the Mayo North East LEADER Partnership.

The colleges and other bodies attending will be updated here on an ongoing basis  and on Other details about the event are also available on those pages.

Post-primary students from third, fourth fifth and sixth years, and their parents are invited. People from outside the county are also more than welcome to come along.

Students and their families are invited to come along on the day and speak with the various representatives from the colleges and other entities.


Pride of Place Awards 2018

County Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).

Balla lifted the best Urban Neighbourhood/Village with a population between 300 and 1000 with the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association coming runners up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.

Mayo was represented by three projects at the awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.

Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall, Cork.

Pride of Place is an annual all-island competition organised by Co-operation Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authority partners which acknowledges the work of communities all over the island of Ireland. Judging took place in August and consisted of a site visit to each location with presentations by community representatives of their achievements and tours of the areas.

Spokesperson and Head of Community Engagement for Mayo County Council, Ms Síofra Kilcullen, said ‘We are extremely proud of our three entries who work tirelessly to make their communities better places to live, work and visit. That work goes on every day, and are delighted to get a chance to acknowledge it through the Pride of Place Competition’

A big congratulations to all!‌

Pride of Place 2018 Balla

Pride of Place 2018 Erris

'Meet the Council' evening in Claremorris

Claremorris Community Futures

Mayo Community Futures, in conjunction with the Claremorris Municipal District office, hosted a very positive ‘Meet the Council’ event in the Town Hall on Thursday 8th November. This was the third ‘Meet the Council’ evening, following on from the very successful Westport and Ballina Meetings.

Community Futures is a bottom up community planning process delivered by Mayo County Council for the past decade which engages whole communities in the identification and delivery of projects to meet real community needs.  

 The aim of the meetings is to streamline communications and build linkages between the teams in Mayo County Council and locally based Community Futures committees.

The communities represented on the night were from from Ballyhaunis, Charlestown, Kilkelly and Knock. They were invited to put forward three projects that they would like to progress and discuss on a one to one basis with council officials.  Council staff from the Municipal District Office, Architects, Heritage, Engineering and Roads sections were positioned at tables around the room and the community representatives circulated between the tables. The meeting was broken into time blocks to allow everyone to have a chance to meet each other and to make the best use of the allotted time.

The responses from both the communities and the council staff were very positive.  The communities felt that the opportunity of speaking directly with relevant council personnel was invaluable and that the event saved time in getting straight to the point rather than to-ing and fro-ing with emails and phone calls.

The benefits for the Council are that their teams would have a clearer idea of community priorities and with a little brainstorming some new ideas and solutions were thrown up.  Everyone felt it was a very effective use of time and a valuable exercise.

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