Niagara Falls to go red and green for Mayo Day

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The Niagara Falls are set to be turned red and green for Mayo Day this summer having gained support from a New York State Assemblyman and a local GAA man.

Director of Mayo Manchester, Tony Hennigan, launched a twitter campaign to see if Mayo natives worldwide could get involved in the celebration that falls on May 2.

“Over the Christmas period we seen that New York managed to turn the Empire State Building green and red and sent out a tweet asking if anyone could manage to do the same thing at Niagra Falls. Padraic (Walsh, Buffalo Fennians secretary) contacted me straight away and then contacted New York Statesman Michael Kearns to get involved,” said Tony.

“It just snowballed from there.”

Michael Kearns, whose roots stem from Westport, is working to develop business and tourism links between America and Ireland.

He and Padraic (pictured) are also working on plans to get direct flights from Mayo to Buffalo International airport.

Padraic said: “It would be great to see the Falls lit up in our County Colours as they straddle both Canada and America where most of the 9.3 million people with Mayo roots now live. It would be great to see Enda Kenny pop over again for the special day.”

The pair are not anticipating any problems in staging the event as long as its three waterfalls have unfrozen by the date set.

See www.mayo.ie or www.mayomanchester.com for more information.

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