Niagara Falls in upstate New York, one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, will go green and red on Saturday, May 2 in honor of Co. Mayo.

Last month New York State Assemblyman Michael Kearns announced that links have been established between Irish Network Buffalo and Mayo County Council Enterprise and Investment Unit.

“With our region experiencing significant investment, and our young entrepreneurs evolving and being creative, the time could not be better to establish solid links with an international partner such as Mayo County Council,” Kearns said.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce Niagara Falls will turn the green and red of Mayo in celebration of the first ever International Mayo Day on May 2. What better way to celebrate than by turning one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls, to the county colors of our new international partner.”

Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo native and chairperson of Irish Network Buffalo Padraic Walsh applauded Kearns’ announcement.

“What fantastic news that Niagara Falls will be illuminated in the green and red of Co. Mayo so to help us celebrate our connections with Mayo County Council. There are 9.3 million people around the world with Co. Mayo roots, with many of them arriving into Western New York, and Southern Ontario,” he said.

“For Niagara Falls to recognize the contribution of these men and women by lighting up in green and red for Mayo Day is a credit to the Irish diaspora from around the world.”