Mayo Farmers Month

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Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, along with Healthy Ireland, Pobal and Teagasc, invited the Mayo farming community to get involved and make heart healthy changes during Mayo Farmers Month, which launched Dec 29, 2020.

See the free resources below!

Mayo Farmers Month Programme

The Croí Mayo Farmers Month health and wellbeing programme, delivered online earlier this year, was specifically designed with Irish farmers in mind. The Croí Health Team worked with a group of Mayo farmers to help them improve their heart health and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease through exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.

The programme was well-received by all who participated. Check out the videos below to hear from two farmers who completed the programme and kindly shared their experiences: Michael McNamara, from Clare Island; and Seamus McGrenra, from Claremorris.

Michael McNamara, Clare Island

Seamus McGrenra, Claremorris

Health & Mind

Mental Health Resources

  • Alone is good for older people who are lonely. 0818 222 024 low cost number 8-8. Email:
  • Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support. Tel:  Freephone 1800 80 48 48 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm). Email:
  • Awareness Head to Toe is a completely voluntary committee formed to promote mental health, general heath and farm safety awareness throughout the rural community.
  • Pieta House. Free therapeutic support to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. T: 1800 247 247. W:
  • The Samaritans. Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. They’re there 24/7, before, during and after a crisis and they make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone. email: Call 116 123.
  • 50808 is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis – big or small. Text HELLO to 50808 to start a conversation, any time – day or night.

Co. Mayo Resources

  • Family Centre Castlebar. Call 094 9025900
  • Community psychology for children & Adolescents. Call 094 9042281
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health service. Call Ballina 096 20399 / Castlebar 0949042656
  • Adult mental health service. Call 094 9042621 (Admin office)
  • Mindspace Mayo is a free and confidential support service for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Mindspace’s aim is to support young people age.
  • Mayo University Hospital 094 9021733
  • Additional information for further counselling and support services please see
  • Emergency services 999 or 112

FREE Heart Health Webinar for Farmers

On Thursday, January 21st at 7pm, Croí held a free webinar on heart health. Experts from the Croí Health Team shared information on diet, exercise and lifestyle. Watch it here now!


The Healthy Ireland Fund supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Close to the heart – Mayo team to wear Croí’s message in upcoming Mayo vs Kerry game

On February 29th at the Allianz football league game between Mayo and Kerry, with thanks to the generous support of Mayo GAA main sponsors Intersport Elverys, the Mayo team will wear a special one-off jersey carrying Croí’s logo in an effort to put the spotlight on heart health for over 55’s across the county. The jersey will call on people to own their heart health and ‘Check it. Sort it.’

Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, will be on-site at An Sportlann and Elverys MacHale Park to share information about a new initiative, Croí Third Age Mayo. In Ireland and across the world, people are living longer – in fact County Mayo has one of the highest rates of people over the age of 55 compared to the rest of the country. Croí Third Age Mayo is specifically designed to promote and support the cardiovascular health and well-being of the over 55 population. Heart disease, stroke and diabetes are more common as we get older. If detected early, many heart conditions such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) can be treated so that people can have a longer and better quality of life.

Pre-match Panel

Croí’s recently announced partnership with Mayo GAA is helping to put the spotlight on heart health for over 55’s, with Croí hosting a panel discussion with key Mayo and Kerry former players ahead of the game on February 29th. Everyone is welcome to attend this special event at An Sportlann, Castlebar Mitchels, with Mayo and Kerry footballers to lead the discussion for an hour of chat and reminiscing from 5 – 6pm before the all-important match in Elverys MacHale Park.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 5 – 6pm
Location: An Sportlann, Castlebar Mitchels

TJ Kilgallon, Andy Moran and Liam McHale will join the Mayo side of the panel, with Marc Ó Sé the first to be announced from the Kerry side. Kilgallon said, “I support any effort to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke… Mayo has one of the highest rates of heart disease in Ireland, and we need to start being more proactive about our health.” Dr. Jim Crowley, Consultant Cardiologist and Croí’s Medical Director will open the panel, with Ballinrobe native Liam Horan as the MC for the evening. Space is limited and seats are first come, first served – no pre-registration is needed.

Follow Mayo GAA (@OfficialMayoGAA) and Croí (@CroiHeartStroke) on Facebook for the latest information and more details on the panel line-up as it is announced.