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President’s Message | Fall 2019

Thank you for supporting the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland’s Green and Red Ball!

Because of you, we are able to fund the charities that we support annually. Recipients include students at John Carrol University who study abroad in Galway, as well as the Irish Cultural Garden and the May Dugan Center in Ohio City.

As many of you know, raising funds is never easy. That is why the person we honor each year plays a key role. This year’s honoree, Myles C. Gallagher, who founded the Superlative Group, brought his family and colleagues together for an evening they will long remember. A video shown at the Ball features Myles’ love of Mayo and speaks to our common heritage and longings for home as we “connect the dots” of our lives to the place that formed our shared values. Our guests from New York and Chicago, as well as those from Ireland, brought a special flavor to the gala weekend beginning with a conference featuring local business leaders held at John Carroll, topped off by the Ball at the InterContinental.

The new year will mark the 25th anniversary of The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland. We have made significant progress since that evening we first met at Paul and Marie McHugh’s home at Riveredge Avenue on Cleveland’s west side. Many of our city’s most prominent leaders have lent their names to our organization, enabling us to make a difference in our Irish American community. Cleveland is one of America’s most diverse cities as one can tell from a glance at the cultural gardens in University Circle. We maintain the Irish Garden to recognize the contributions of previous generations to its founding and to preserving its historical importance. We are grateful to John Carroll University and National University Ireland Galway for partnering with us to broaden the educational opportunities of students from Galway and Cleveland.

Please become a member of the 2020 Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland by CLICKING HERE or contact us by mail.

We wish you the merriest of Christmases and good health and happiness in the year to come!


Gerry Quinn, President

2019 Mayo Person of the Year

Join us as we honor Myles C. Gallagher, President of the Superlative Group, as the 2019 Mayo Society Person of the Year.

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Our Mission

To promote cultural, charitable, scientific and/or literary exchanges between the People of the United States and the People of Ireland, with particular emphasis on County Mayo, including but not limited to research into the life and times of Irish immigration to America and the study of Irish and Irish-American history.

Organization Profile

The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was founded in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a forum for information and activities of interest to individuals of Irish descent particularly those with ancestral ties to County Mayo.

The Society makes contributions to public charities in the United States that have a link to County Mayo in Ireland or to Ireland, or to public charities in Ireland, or for temporary emergency relief to indigent Irish nationals in the United States who are in urgent need of medical attention, are victims of crime, or victims of man-made or natural disasters.

Interested in Joining the Greater Cleveland Mayo Society?

Individual Membership is $20 per year   |   Couples Membership is $35 per year