Gnó Mhaigh Eo is the organisation dedicated to promoting the Irish language in County Mayo with a special mission to help business owners utilize the the language as a profitable economic resource.
Gnó Mhaigh Eo has just launched their new logo and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, was impressed by the new design when he visited the Gnó Mhaigh Eo office in Cedar House, Castlebar.
Gnó Mhaigh Eo has been in existence since 2007, but in Autumn 2013 a new team was recruited and they plan to relaunch the re-branded organisation later this year during Mayo Ideas Week.
The new logo, which at a glance might look like a tree, is actually the map of Mayo held up by a hand.
The Irish for Mayo – Maigh Eo – literally means the Plain of the Yew Trees, and so it is fitting that the new logo incorporates not just Maigh Eo, the geographical area, but also its literal meaning.
The logo was designed by Barry Jordan in Spear Design, Ballina.
To tie in with the new image, the new team and the new logo, the Gnó Mhaigh Eo website also has a new banner, which was designed by Pamela Gray, artist/illustrator from Westport, based at the Custom House Studios.
The new banner is an illustration of a streetscape which shows elements of the three main towns of Mayo – Castlebar, Ballina and Westport.
The aim of Gnó Mhaigh Eo is to establish Mayo as a county with an authentic and distinctive Irish identity through partnership and co-operation with the business sector of the county.