Heritage Day at Ballina Salmon Festival

One of the cornerstones of Ballina Salmon Festival, and an original concept, National Heritage Day at Ballina Salmon Festival was developed by the festival committee over 25 years ago and attracts up to 40,000 people to the town every year.

Heritage Day at Ballina Salmon Festival

On this very special day, feast your senses on the sights, sounds and smells of a market day 100 years ago, as the past comes to life and the streets are transformed. You’ll have to look twice! From the whistling of steam engines, to the smell of the thresher and the sound of traditional Irish songs, this is an evocative trip back in time on a scale you won’t find anywhere else.

Throughout the streets, watch the finest of Ireland’s craftsmen and women as they practice time-honoured traditional skills. You’ll find poitin distilling, basket making, thatching, turf-cutting, cooperage, spinning and weaving. You can even watch the blacksmith at work. Wander the streets, soak in the atmosphere, listen to the music and learn about many of these ancient crafts, passed down from generation to generation.

Keep an eye out for the special Heritage Day edition of local paper, The Western People, specially produced for this day. Visit the Heritage Quarter at the Jackie Clarke Collection, where your little ones will learn about the games of old. You’ll also learn about many of the attractions in North Mayo showcasing our heritage. Back by popular demand this year is the much-loved Garda Band who will be taking up their position near the Post Office – make sure to catch them play!

Add to the mix a great selection of food, live music and good old-fashioned fun, and you’ll soon see why this is the biggest day of the year in Ballina.

National Heritage Day is not just a day to come along and witness – it’s an immersive experience, and locals and visitors alike are encouraged to dress up and participate in this exhibition of living history. Everyone is welcome to take part. You can hire a costume from Ballina Costume Company located in the old Parochial Hall on Bury Street – call +353 (0)96 72154 or email costumecompany@eircom.net. Why not get into character and join in the fun?

Admission: Free

 

The Garda Band

The Garda Band was established shortly after the establishment of An Garda Síochána. It gave its first public performance on Dun Laoghaire Pier on Easter Monday, 1923. Over the years, a a céilí band, pipe band and dance orchestra were formed from within the ranks. After being disbanded in 1965, it was re-established in 1972 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of An Garda Síochána.  Besides providing music for official Garda functions (such as Graduation Ceremonies at the Garda College) the Garda Band undertakes a heavy community-orientated programme each year performing at schools, festivals and sporting events.The Garda Band has travelled to many international events, representing Ireland on a number of occasions at police festivals and concerts in Switzerland, Germany and Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step back in time 100 years as the past comes alive and the streets are transformed to a market day from the early 20th century. Ballina hosts the finest of Ireland’s craftsmen and women as they practice time-honoured traditional skills. From poitin distilling to basket making, turf-cutting to cooperage, blacksmithery to spinning, you’ll find it all in Ballina on this day.

Add to the mix a great selection of food, music and good old-fashioned fun, and you’ll soon see why this is the biggest day of the year in Ballina. Wander the streets, soak in the atmosphere, listen to the music and learn about many of these ancient crafts, passed down from generation to generation.

Heritage Day attracts crowds of up to 40,000 people annually, many of whom don costumes from this bygone era and immerse themselves in this great experience.  Why not don your own costume and come along to join in the fun?

Admission: Free

Costumes are available to hire from Ballina Costume Company – call +353 (0)96 72154 or email costumecompany@eircom.net.

A Night at the Proms at Ballina Salmon Festival

Join us in the Great National Hotel, Ballina for an eclectic evening of song, showcasing Ballina’s proud choral heritage at A Night at the Proms at Ballina Salmon Festival.  Enjoy the show under cover as our local choirs as put on an unforgettable musical experience.

Ballina has always had a proud musical history, and A Night At The Proms is a night designed to showcase the myriad of singing and musical talent that exists in the town, bringing together an eclectic mix of groups to deliver a real showcase of our local music treasures.

Choirs taking part include:

There will be a stunning programme of choral performances, solo performances and musical theatre, seamlessly knitted together to deliver a real “wow” performance.

Dress for the occasion and come along to soak in the ambience. Sample some locally produced food products and a beverage from our on-site wine bar and enjoy a truly memorable night of music in Ballina at A Night at the Proms at Ballina Salmon Festival.

Admission: €15. Tickets available in advance from the Ballina Salmon Festival Office. 

 

Proudly sponsored by Dunnes Stores.

International Evening at Ballina Salmon Festival

 

Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of 12 different countries, each showcasing their own music, dance, costumes and food on the streets of Ballina. This is International Evening at Ballina Salmon Festival!

French Belles International Evening at Ballina Salmon Festival

At International Evening at Ballina Salmon Festival, transport yourself to a myriad of different countries – France, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Italy and many, many more.

Watch out for the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Romeo and Juliet’s infamous Verona balcony and some Spanish matador magic. Marvel at the street performers and street theatre, dance and drumming. Soak in the evocative aromas of the continental cooking, smell the spices and the flavours of worlds far from here.

Use Ballina’s own local currency to avail of a taste of the country of your choice, and enjoy authentic music, song, dance and street theatre as you wander through the heart of the town.

Live Music at International Evening 

At the end of the evening make your way to the Military Quarter and enjoy an outdoor concert by lively Irish band Bog O’The Loughs.

An unforgettable evening in Ballina!

 

Admission: Free. Local currency available to purchase and spend at the Ballina Bureau de Change outlets on each of the main streets. 

Country and Western Night featuring Johnny Brady

Yee-ha! Don your stetsons and enjoy the fun at Country and Western Night at Ballina Salmon Festival!

Country music has taken Ireland by storm, and Ballina Salmon Festival will host its very own Country and Western Night on Thursday 13th July in the Military Quarter in the heart of town.

Taking to the stage is none other than the great Johnny Brady, one of Ireland’s biggest country stars! One of the most distinctive voices in modern country music, Johnny is known for his powerful vocals, energetic performances and charismatic personality. He continues to push the boundaries in a new generation of Irish country music artists, and is famous for ‘turning it up a notch’, drawing on his many rock and pop influences, making him a man in demand on the festival circuit!

Johnny has recorded four albums to date, each one a true testament to his diversity as an artist, showcasing his passion for songwriting and his ability to resurrect old classic country songs and make them his own. He has toured extensively throughout Ireland & the UK over the past five years and has built a reputation for having one of the finest dance bands on the Irish country music scene.

This will be Johnny’s first time performing in Ballina’s newest venue, the Military Quarter with its unique, weatherproofing canopy cover and he is sure to give his newest single “It’s Hard to Lose Someone You Love” a whirl on the night.

With the barbecue sizzling throughout the evening and rodeo games galore for children and adults alike, don your stetsons and line-dance along to the Military Quarter to enjoy a jive and sing along to your favourite country tunes.

Venue: The Military Quarter
Admission: €5 at the gate.

Ballina 10k Run / Walk

Once again, the Ballina Athletic Club Ballina 10k run / walk takes place as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival Programme of events.

The event is once again kindly sponsored by Joseph Gavin Opticians and the race route is AAI measured, and a very enjoyable one that takes you all around Ballina.

Changing facilities and showers available.

How to enter 

  • Registration at Scoil Phadraig, Ballina (opposite Tesco) from 5:30pm
  • Entry fee: €15
  • Rec
  • http://www.runireland.com/events/ballina-10km

Register online

For further information contact Seamus Foody on 086 040 0552 or Ann Egan on 087 4186895.

Get your detective groove on with the Ballina Salmon Festival Car Treasure Hunt!

One of the oldest outdoor recreations in Ballina has to be the hugely popular Car Treasure Hunt. This year, our Official Ballina Salmon Festival Car Treasure Hunt  is taking place on Friday July 14th from Rouses Bar on Pearse street.

This event is ideal for all ages and definitely a family one too,  although be prepared for a few squabbles along the way! The route will take you on a trip of our rural highways and byways in search of answers to somewhat crypticish clues … For our visitors, there is no better way to get to know the area intimately – and you may even stumble upon a few hidden treasures that aren’t listed on your sheet!

On return, why not enjoy the traditional surroundings of this cosy, welcoming and nostalgic pub, complete with its own grocery shop, and a fantastic range of locally produced beers and spirits.

A great, fun event, with plenty of banter!

 

How to enter the Ballina Salmon Festival Car Treasure Hunt

Cars depart any time between 6 and 8pm from Rouse’s Bar, at a cost of €20 per team.  Pick up your clues and get on the road – it’s a simple as that. Don’t forget the sat nav!

The Eamonn Joyce Memorial Cup

The annual Festival football game between Ireland and Poland kicks off in Belleek Park at 6pm on Sunday 9th July.  Always an enjoyable occasion, the Eamonn Joyce Memorial Cup game celebrates the great friendship and sporting rivalry that exist between Ballina and our large Polish community.

The winners are awarded the Eamonn Joyce Memorial Cup, which honours the memory of much-loved local character Eamonn Joyce, better known as Joseph the Ice Cream Man.

One of the founder of the annual match, the late Adam Olszewski is also remembered with the presentation of the Adam Olszewski Man of the Match Award.

Come along and don your colours to shout on your team on the opening day of Ballina Salmon Festival!

Admission is free and all are welcome. 

Embark on a historical walking tour of Ballina during the festival

Ballina is a town with a colourful, fascinating history dating back for thousands of years. And what better way to learn about that history than to embark on a walking tour of Ballina with one of our very own local historians?

Carmel Hughes, a renowned local historian and member of the North Mayo/West Sligo Heritage Group will be bringing groups on a tour of the town on four days during festival week from 11am – 1pm as follows:

  • Monday 10th July
  • Tuesday 11th July
  • Thursday 13th July
  • Friday 14th July

During her tour, Carmel will take you on a journey through Ballina’s history, from the ‘Dolmen of the Four Maols‘, dating from 2000 BC, to our famine burial site, to the General Humbert Monument, which commemorates Humbert’s march through Mayo from his landing in Kilcummin, to the house in which the first female President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, was born. Along the way Carmel will point out things of interest such as examples of our beautiful Georgian architecture, our Military Quarter, and our stunning ecclesiastical ruins. Hear also about Ardnaree and how Ballina wasn’t always all in County Mayo!

More info

  • Tours begin at 11am, meeting at Ballina Tourist Office, Pearse Street
  • Tours are FREE. No booking necessary – just show up
  • Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and bring rain gear

About the North Mayo – West Sligo Heritage Group

The main objective of this group is to acquire and share knowledge of the natural and built heritage of North Mayo and West Sligo and to work in partnership with like-minded bodies and individuals to promote awareness and appreciation of our heritage. The group hosts regular lectures of historical interest in Ballina – follow their Facebook page for more information.

The Supermac’s Ballina Salmon Festival Busking Competition returns

The Supermac’s Ballina Salmon Festival Busking Competition takes place again this year from Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th July in the town centre.

The competition, which is very kindly sponsored by Supermac’s, Ballina, is open to solo performers and bands/groups of all ages. All types of music are welcomed.

All buskers can perform anytime they wish on those days between 10am and 5pm in town.

The busking competition is a great addition to the festival programme, complimenting The Core Stage and bringing the streets of Ballina alive with music.

 

Prize Fund

There is one prize only of €750 – winner takes all!

 

How to enter

  • All entries must be submitted online via the entry form below.
  • All entry fees must be paid by July 1st – a member of Ballina Salmon Festival staff will call you to confirm your application entry, and arrange payment details
  • Buskers should pick up their entrants badge/permit from the Festival office prior to joining the competition.
  • Entry fee: €10 per individual artist or €20 per ban
  • The maximum number of entrants is 40 and the application form below will close automatically once this number is reached. If you find that entry is closed, do stay tuned to the website and Ballina Salmon Festival Facebook page for updates on cancellations which may open up a slot for you.
  • Entry forms will be available from May 1st until June 30th 2016 (or until the last slot is filled)

Ballina Salmon Festival Busking Competition 2017

 

Amplification

All amplification will be checked for volume and if requested to lower your volume all entrants are required to do so – in the interests of all parties: general public, businesses, and the festival organisers. Failure to comply with a request may result in disqualification from the competition.

 

Competition Judging

Judging in the Supermac’s Ballina Salmon Festival Busking Competition will take place each day from 2-3pm. Buskers must be playing for this hour at least on any single day to be judged for the final.

Entrants should have their badge/permit on display during this time or they will not be judged as part of the competition.

 

Supermac’s Ballina Salmon Festival Busking competition FINAL

A final will be held on stage on Saturday 15th July at 9pm with the winner being selected at 10pm, just before the start of Mardi Gras.

All entrants will be notified by text message by 4pm on Saturday if they have reached the final.

 

Donations

Buskers are completely free to collect money donated by passers-by – this is something core to busking which festival organisers are not restricting.

 

Not entering the competition? No problem!

The festival is happy to welcome buskers who do not wish to enter the busking competition, as we know and value the additional atmosphere that music will bring to the town.

 

Entry Form

Perspectives 11 Exhibition 2017 to give local artists a platform

 

 

Ballina Salmon Festival is delighted that as part of this year’s festival programme, Ballina Arts Centre will present Perspectives 11: Ballina Open Exhibition 2017 at the Ballina Civic Offices Gallery Space. The Perspectives 11 Exhibition, will be a major showcase for visual art talent in the Ballina region, featuring the work of artists who were born or currently living in the greater Ballina area.

The open exhibition offers a platform to emerging, as well as established local artists, and work is accepted in all media – paint, print, photography, digital media, sculpture etc.

Said Director of BPerspectives 11 Exhibition - Open exhibition Ballina Arts Centre Ballina Arts Centreallina Arts Centre, Sean Walsh:  “Perspectives is a major part of Ballina Arts Centre’s commitment to local artists. It was the very first event we presented after moving the Centre to its current Barrett St. location – in what had been the Newman Institute building – in 2006. It has remained a very special event for us and I’m delighted that it is now going to be a part of Ballina Salmon Festival, which is, of course, another huge event for the Ballina community.”

The first Perspectives exhibition was opened in November 2006 and featured the work of over forty artists from, or living in, the Ballina region. The exhibition was an instant hit, and over the following years, with huge crowds attending the official opening nights, became a loved and anticipated fixture on the arts calendar for the area.

Sean explains the philosophy of the exhibition: “The idea of perspectives was to show the work of artists based locally. We wanted it to include established artists alongside those who were maybe just starting off or just ‘dabbled’ or saw art as a hobby or pastime.

What that meant was that you had a big variety – of styles, practices, techniques and that’s why it is called ‘Perspectives’. The show can be good for emerging artists – for their CV and it gives them maybe their first experience of being in an exhibition in a publicly-funded professional gallery.

For me, it was also a way of finding or drawing out artists in the area. And it worked well in that regard. Making art can be a solitary pursuit, and people can often be out there doing it, without others being aware of it. So, something like this exhibition can be a beacon to them, bringing them out into the daylight, and offering a chance to meet others in the same boat.”

The exhibition was presented an as end-of-year show at Ballina Arts Centre for ten years (from 2006 to 2015), and last year was the first time since inception that it did not happen. Moving to the spacious Ballina Civic Offices gallery space will now allow the exhibition to include large-scale work, as well as taking more pieces from artists (previously limited to three). Forming part of the Ballina Salmon Festival will also give the exhibition a new dimension, as well as giving the festival a strong visual art presence.

 

We in Ballina Salmon Festival are really delighted to be working with Ballina Arts Centre to include the Perspectives 11 Exhibition as part of the official 2017 Festival programme. Ballina Arts Centre lies at the very heart of our community, and nurtures the talent and creativity of our people all year round, as well as giving us opportunities to enjoy the very best of arts content from elsewhere in Ireland and abroad. The Perspectives exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for local artists to showcase their talent and work to a wider audience, and it is fantastic for us to have an event of this calibre to promote to visitors to Ballina as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival.

More info on the Perspectives 11 Exhibition:

Perspectives 11: Ballina Open Exhibition will run every day in the Ballina Civic Offices on Lower Pearse Street from 10am – 4:30pm during the Salmon Festival in July. Admission is free.

Applications are now invited by Ballina Arts Centre. Artists are required to submit applications to the Centre, comprising a number (6) of representative images of their work as well as an Artist’s Statement explaining the work. The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 23rd June.

Artists must be from, or living in, North Mayo and must be aged 18 or over in order to be eligible for consideration for the Perspectives 11 Exhibition..

For further information, please contact Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St., Ballina, Co. Mayo. Tel: 096 73593, www.ballinaartscentre.com

The Lady of the Moy at Ballina Salmon Festival

 

The annual Lady of the Moy competition takes place in The Great National Hotel, Ballina on 30th June 2017 at 8pm.

The Lady of the Moy competition is a real highlight of the lead-in to Ballina Salmon Festival each year, and this year’s event will be no exception. Guests are promised a thoroughly entertaining night out, filled with music, glitz and glamour as 13 beautiful ladies from the North-West region vie for the prestigious title of Lady of the Moy.

The role of the winner is to represent Ballina Salmon Festival during festival week, and act as an ambassador for the town of Ballina throughout the following year – a great honour for the winning lady!

Master of Ceremonies once again on the night is Ollie Turner of Galway Bay FM. The event attracts in excess of 400 guests annually with entertainment, great prizes and fun all night. There will be a Best Dressed Lady and Best Escort prize on the night. So don your glad rags, come along and enjoy a great night out at Ballina Salmon Festival.

Admission

Tickets priced at €10 are available at the door on the night or in advance from Ballina Tourist Office, Pearse Street, Ballina.

Follow all the action on the event’s Facebook page

Lady of the Moy Sponsors

The 2017 competition is proudly supported and sponsored by the following local businesses:

Allure Hair and Beauty Ballina logo Lady of the Moy sponsors

Allure Hair and Beauty

Blooms & Things Florists

Winters Jewellers Lady of the Moy sponsors Ballina Salmon Festival

Winters Jewellers

John Rocha

Guna Nua Boutique

Mayo Crystal

Moy Chocolates

Watch our young musical talent on stage daily at The Core Stage!

 

The Core is delighted to announce The Core Stage at Ballina Salmon Festival 2017.  Over the duration of the festival, there will be daily concerts in the town centre,  featuring talented members of The Core and the various Music Generation Mayo programmes.  The stage, which is generously sponsored by Sligo Retail Park will also feature young performers from throughout Mayo, as The Core aims to provide a platform for young local musicians.

About The Core and Music Generation Mayo

Music Generation Mayo It is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

The Core Stage at Ballina Salmon Festival group playing music

 

Music Generation Mayo’s latest programme ‘The Core‘, a creative space for budding young musicians opened its doors in Ballina Arts Centre in November 2016 and has been a bustling hive of musical activity since. With over 30 (and counting!) active members from across the county using the rehearsal facility, taking part in camps, industry workshops, regular performance opportunities such as monthly open mics, Facebook Live events and musical showcases it is a great place for young people to express themselves and work on developing their music.

For more information, contact PhilipCassidy@msletb.ie or call 087-7485954

Non-members of The Core can also apply to perform on the Festival Stage by logging onto thecoremayo.com/events.

 

The Core Stage at Ballina Salmon Festival is kindly sponsored by Sligo Retail Park.

Take part in the Ballina Salmon Festival 5k Race

Join the Ballina Salmon Festival 5k race on its lovely route around scenic Ballina. 

The annual Ballina Salmon Festival 5k race is fast becoming a favourite event in the festival calendar, and is held in aid of River Moy Search and Rescue, a voluntary non-profit organisation that serves the local community.

Date and Times: 

  • Tuesday 11th July at 7:30pm (Registration from 6:30pm)

Cost

  • €10 per entrant
  • Specially designed souvenir medal for the first 150 finishers

The race is fully timed, and the route, returning to the finish line along the River Moy is pleasantly flat and scenic so what better event at which to aim for a personal best!

 

About the River Moy Search and Rescue

Charity CHY 19910

 

Although the title states that it is a search and rescue organisation, River Moy Search and Rescue is in fact a search and recovery organisation.

The organisation consists of a group of volunteers who will help in a search for somebody who may have been tragically lost in an inland water body. The principal objective is to perform search and recovery work on the River Moy in Ballina.

More info: rivermoysearchandrescue.com

 

 

Ballina Salmon Festival 5k race poster

Clay Modelling Workshops for Children at Ballina Salmon Festival

 

Clay Modelling Workshops for Children at Ballina Salmon Festival

 

Children will love this clay modelling workshop delivered by local artist Alice Dixon, where they can don their aprons and let their imaginations run riot as they create wonderful clay treasures.

The Clay Modelling Workshops for Children at Ballina Salmon Festival are an old festival favourite, and always book out quickly so get calling.

All materials supplied. Children are advised to wear old clothes!

 

 

Venue:

  • Ballina Arts Centre

Times: 

  • 11am – 1pm (age 5-8 years)
  •  2pm – 4pm (age 8-12 years)

Fee per child for Clay Modelling Workshops for Children at Ballina Salmon Festival

  • €5 (non-refundable)

Booking essential: 

  • Classes MUST be booked in advance by calling  the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on +353 (0)96 79814.
  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Two children max per booking.
  • Strict limit of 15 children per class.

Bring your bear for a day out at the terrific Teddy Bear’s Picnic!

 

If you go down to the woods today – you’re in for a BIG SURPRISE at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Ballina Salmon Festival!

Round off an incredible week with one of Ballina Salmon Festival’s best-loved events in our beautiful Tom Ruane Town Park on the banks of the river. Tom Ruane Park was recently – and deservedly highlighted in the Irish Times as one of the 50 Best Playgrounds in Ireland!

With inflatable fun, children’s entertainment, sweets and treats, games, competitions, the Festival Train, and of course a prize for the best-dressed teddy.

Admission: €2 per child

Mardi Gras & Fireworks Extravaganza at Ballina Salmon Festival

 

Enjoy an incredible explosion of colour, Latin rhythms, street theatre and dance at the electrifying Mardi Gras & Fireworks Spectacular at Ballina Salmon Festival.

The climax of “festival week”, watch the streets become a colourful riot of music, costume and dance.

Snaking through the town, magnificent floats bring mythical, fantastical creatures to life in a heaving procession of drumbeats and samba sounds, before proceeding to the River Moy for the customary fireworks spectacular.

Each year, the display gets bigger and better. The sight of the night sky blazing and bursting with colour against the backdrop of majestic St. Muredach’s Cathedral never fails to draw gasps from the huge crowds.

 

 

A Celebration of Life through Irish Music, Song and Dance

Kick back to an amazing traditional music extravaganza, with the best of Irish traditional dance, ceol agus craic at A Celebration of Irish Music at Ballina Salmon Festival.

Featuring North Mayo’s finest award-winning traditional music groups, champion Irish dancers, and lots more.

Try your hand at learning some Irish dance moves and enjoy the best of North Mayo hospitality in the Military Quarter.

Admission: €5 at the gate