Exhibition: Buildings of County Mayo

The opening of the ‘Buildings of County Mayo’ exhibition takes place in the Courtyard Buildings, Belleek Castle at 6pm on Thursday 13th July 2017.

This touring photographic exhibition promotes the publication of the Mayo survey of the built heritage of the county. The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) is the largest ever survey of the post-1700 architectural heritage of County Mayo, some highlights of which are presented within this exhibition. Belleek Castle has been selected to host this exhibition as it demonstrates good practice in the conservation-led adaptive re-use of historic buildings.

This exhibition has been organised with Belleek Castle, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and Mayo County Council.

 

Admission

The exhibition shows daily in the newly renovated Courtyard Buildings at Belleek Castle from 10am – 5pm. Admission is FREE.

 

 

Ballina Soroptomists Festival of Flowers

The annual Ballina Soroptomists Festival of Flowers takes place this year on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July from 11.30am – 5pm in the Methodist Church on Hill Street.

For 25 years now, the Ballina Soroptomists have curated the beautiful Festival of Flowers as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival programme. For their silver anniversary this year, the theme of this very special exhibit is “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”, and each arrangement will interpret that theme in its own unique way.

The Flower Festival is an inclusive event that brings together many different groups from the community, including the four churches from the town, and many different clubs and organisations including the Ballina Carer’s Group, The ICA and indeed the Ballina Salmon Festival committee. Volunteers from each submit a creative arrangement for display for the enjoyment of the public.

The Ballina Soroptomists Festival of Flowers is hosted each year by the Methodist Church on Hill Street, and members of the public are invited to come in and enjoy the beautiful floral displays, lovingly created by the various groups.

 

Admission

FREE. Donations welcome with all proceeds going to local charities.

Interested in submitting an arrangement? Contact Marie on 087 7988132, Laura on 086 8432863 or Patricia on 087 4196587.

 

About Ballina Soroptomists

Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and partnerships. The Ballina Soroptomists branch is just one year younger than the Ballina Salmon Festival. It was formed on 27th January 1965 in the Downhill Hotel (now the Twin Tress Hotel). Renée Sherry was the very first president. 

National Heritage Day at Ballina Salmon Festival

This year’s National Heritage Day, on Wednesday 12th July, as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival, will be bursting with a myriad of family friendly fun and entertainment comprising a varied assortment of old favourites and new acts for all ages to enjoy.

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.

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.

 

Musical Entertainment

Across three stages and other various locations throughout the town there will be music, dancing and storytelling.  Back by popular demand, the Garda Band will fill the air with their spectacular sound from the main stage and the Bofield Ceilí Band will carry on the entertainment with their traditional Irish music session. New musical sounds will be noticeable this year as well, with the Clew Bay Critters and lots more local talent taking to the streets and stages.

Dance displays will be provided throughout the day showcasing both traditional and modern dance, from groups such as the Moffatt School of Irish Dance and Music and Tara Kennedy with – Scoil Rince Uí Chinnéide  School of Irish Dance.  And if that doesn’t appeal to your senses them maybe a spot of story-telling might while the time away for you.

 

Craft

A fantastic day of craft displays is also in store for everyone attending Heritage Day; the old to reminisce on days gone by and the young to marvel at the skill and dexterity of the rush-crafter, the wood turners and the rope makers.  The almost forgotten sound of the blacksmith’s hammer and anvil and the smell of the furnace will fill the air while the soft, grinding of the thresher will transport you to by-gone days.  The glass-blower, an uncommon sight today, will captivate all who pass by as the tin-smith exhibits his skills near-by. 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.

And to pay homage to our celtic heritage, Gnó Mhaigh Eo will be in attendance to encourage the cúpla focal and local sean-nós dancers will enthral with their smooth, rhythmic movement to the sounds of traditional music.

 

The Heritage Quarter at the Jackie Clarke Collection

The Jackie Clarke Collection on Lower Pearse St. will host the Ballina Heritage Quarter once again, displaying over 6000 years of Irish history and culture.  Traditional, old school children’s games, giving everyone the chance to revisit their youth, will be on show.  The Collection will also be hosting the Moy Fishery Exhibition along with a social exhibition displaying events and occasions reported by the Western People from 1977 to 1987.  From 2pm to 4pm, the beautiful walled heritage garden at the Jackie Clarke will play host as they welcome the return of Jason Deacy and his beautiful Birds of Prey.

Keep an eye out for the special Heritage Day edition of local paper, The Western People, specially produced for this day.  And s an addition to the celebration of Heritage, the Road Safety Authority will have their simulator in town to encourage the whole community to consider their own and others safety.

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.

 

Don’t just come to watch – become part of Heritage Day!

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.

 

Sponsors

National Heritage Day is kindly sponsored by McFadden Funfairs and Midwest Radio.

Ballina Salmon Festival Party Night -Gorilla Radio & Battle of the DJs

On Tuesday 11th July from 8pm it’s time to get your party feet ready for the Festival Party Night, with the best of home-grown talent taking to the stage and decks in the Military Quarter to deliver a night to remember!

 

Gorilla Radio Live

Proudly sponsored by Bar Square, first up on Festival Party Night are local heroes Gorilla Radio with their party-tastic killer set, mixing commercial rock, hip hop and rap, to name just a few. Familiar faces on the Irish rock scene, it’s great to have them performing as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival programme. Their high energy stage performance will shake you to your boots, have you dancing in the streets and bouncing off the walls in the Military Quarter!

See Gorilla Radio live in Bar Square:

 

Ballina’s Battle of the DJs

Next up it’s Ballina’s Battle of the DJs as four of Ballina’s legendary deck-spinners go head to head with the best of bangin’ tunes from the 80s and 90s. It’s the DJs of the legendary HOTHOUSE (Dermot Rice and John Moyles aka NRG2) vs. LONGNECKS with Sean Loftus & PJ Walsh, rocking your socks late into the evening playing the very est of 80s and 90s tunes.

Dress up, get down and rock out from 8 ‘til late to at the Ballina Salmon Festival Party Night, See you there!

 

More information

Tuesday 11th July 8pm in the Military Quarter

Admission €5

 

The Festival Party Night is kindly sponsored by  Bar Square.

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Festival Lunch Al Fresco in Luskin’s Pop-up Bistro

For the foodies among you, this new event on the festival calendar is one not to be missed. Local restaurateur Gerry Luskin, of Luskin’s Bar and Bistro is for one day only, bringing you a pop-up al-fresco dining experience under the canopy in the Military Quarter, Ballina as part of the Ballina Salmon Festival programme.

Festival Lunch Al Fresco will be a lunch to remember, but you’ll need to get booking fast!

Sample Gerry’s specially prepared festival menu on Tuesday 11th July from 1pm – 2pm.

The Luskin family business, Luskin’s Bistro is now well-established in the Old Bond Store Courtyard in Dillon Terrace, and Gerry is well-known locally for his use of the freshest, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. This specially prepared, once-off menu will feature some classic dishes with a real Ballina twist. Guests can avail of this special two-course meal (main and dessert) and a glass of wine for €20. There will also be musical entertainment on the day to make for a truly cosmopolitan lunch experience!

Booking 

Spaces are limited to 30, so advance booking is essential.

To claim a spot, call the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on (096) 79814 or call into Ballina Tourist Office on Pearse Street. Pre-pay to guarantee your spot.

Tuesday 11th July, 1-2pm, the Military Quarter. Admission €20, booking essential

Bog O’The Loughs LIVE in the Military Quarter

International Evening opens Ballina Salmon Festival this year on Sunday 9th July. After you’ve had your fill of delicious food, wandered your way through the world on your doorstep on Ballina, why not make a night of it with some live music in the Military Quarter? From 8pm on Sunday 9th July get your dancing shoes on for Ireland’s liveliest Celtic Rock band Bog O’the Loughs LIVE!

Admission: FREE

Hear “The Bogs” in action:

 

Tracing the Sublime – exposing the beauty and nature of our Wild Atlantic Way

“The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts.” Rebecca Solnit

The work of local artist Charlotte Lavelle is inspired by the  land forms, beauty, and ideas of the sublime; her practice situated in connection with the Wild Atlantic Way. Charlotte’s work endeavours to expose the beauty and nature of place, exploring gestural and panoramic compositions. By walking in rural and coastal  areas, and by paint and mark-making she looks at ways to represent this magnificent landscape using scroll or canvas as a surface.

Charlotte documents her work using mixed media; photography, sketching and paint. Materials used include ink, watercolour, acrylic and oil on paper and canvas, each medium conveying a sense of spaceand creating a lyrical quality in her compositions through a joyful exploration of colour.

Coastal Photography is a series of coastal images, representing a more minimal approach in the portrayal of the expansiveness of the Atlantic Ocean along the West coast of Ireland. Entitled “Tracing the Sublime”, this art exhibition, showing in Ballina Library from 16th June to 14th July explores places along the Wild Atlantic Way and includes photography, oil paintings and water colours.

 

Details:

Venue: Mayo County Library, Pearse Street, Ballina

Dates: 16th June – 15th July 2017

Opening Hours: 

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Admission: FREE

Tracing the Sublime artist Charlotte Lavelle Ballina Salmon Festival

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 now available from Ballina Salmon Festival Office. 

 

Sponsor

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!

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 on Thursday 13th July! 

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.

 

Johnny Brady LIVE on stage

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.

 

Barbecue and games

With the barbecue sizzling throughout the evening and novelty 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. (Please note additional charges will apply for food and games.)

 

More information

Venue: The Military Quarter
Admission: €5
Tickets on sale now from Ballina Tourist Office and Pearse Street!

 

Sponsors

Country & Western Night is proudly sponsored by Specsavers Ballina and Moran’s Butcher and Deli.

 

Johnny Brady at Country And Western Night Ballina Salmon Festival

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
  • Register online at 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 band
  • 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 at the Market Square on Saturday 15th July at 7:30pm 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

Moy Valley Over 55 Club hosts Festival Tea Dance

On Thursday 13th July from 2-4pm, The Moy Valley Over 55 Club will host a Tea Dance as they do each year in conjunction with the Ballina Salmon Festival.

The Tea Dance will take place in the beautiful Kennedy Glasgow Centre overlooking the River Moy on the Quay road, (opposite Crockets On the Quay Bar and Restaurant). There will be live music with Padraig and Jason Moran on the day, and light refreshments will be served.

Join in for a fun day of music and dancing – everyone is welcome!

About the Moy Valley Over 55 Club

The Moy Valley Over 55 Club has been in operation since April 2008, and is open to the general public Monday–Friday. All are welcome to pop in!

Located adjacent to St. Muredach’s Cathedral in Ballina, Co. Mayo, the club provides a unique service in a cosy, intimate setting where people can drop in at any time during the day, to have a chat and a cup of tea.

The club also organises activities such as card games, afternoon tea, live music, dinner dances. boccia (a precision ball sport related to bowls) as well as day trips away

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.

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 – main sponsor

Broken Jug Ballina logo sponsors of Ballina Salmon Festival

The Broken Jug – main sponsor

Blooms & Things Florists

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.

 

Sponsor

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

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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

 

 

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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!

On Sunday 16th July from 2-5pm, 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, this is a day not to be missed not just for the children, but the adults too!

Admission: €2 per child

 

Sponsors

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic is kindly sponsored this year by Legacy Clothing and Nikki’s Barbers – many thanks to both businesses for their generous support of this event.

 

 

 

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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 on Saturday 15th July from 10pm.

 

Saturday night in Ballina is the biggest night of the year, as the town gears up for its incredible Mardi Gras Parade. Over 25,000 people crowd into the town for a party to remember in the heart of Ballina. Ease into the night by watching the final of the Supermac’s Ballina Busking Competition at the Market Square, then quickly find the best vantage point along the streets to get the best view of the show!

At 10pm, watch as the streets come to life with colour, costume and craic. Enjoy an incredible explosion of colour, Latin rhythms, street theatre and dance as the parade winds its boisterous way through the streets of Ballina. Snaking through the town, magnificent floats bring mythical, fantastical creatures to life in a heaving procession of drumbeats and samba sounds. Exotic dancers and jugglers thrill the crowds with extraordinary feats, as fire artists light up the July skies. Follow as the procession heaves its way towards the River Moy to a hypnotic Samba beat for the climax of the evening.

From 11pm, watch in awe as the night sky bursts with colour in Mayo’s biggest, most spectacular fireworks display. Every year, this electrifying show gets bigger, better and louder! The sight of the night sky ablaze with colour, against the iconic backdrop of the majestic St. Muredach’s Cathedral never fails to draw gasps from the huge crowds.

Afterwards, party the night away in the heart of town. A proud Purple Flag recipient for vibrancy and safety at night, Ballina has something for you no matter what your preference. Whether you want to savour a creamy pint or fruity cocktail, bop along to great live music, foot-tap to a trad session or throw some shapes on the dance floor, you’re guaranteed find your Saturday night groove in Ballina!

 

Sp0nsors

The festival Mardi Gras and Fireworks is proudly sponsored once again by Ballina Beverages and Guinness.

A Celebration of Life through Irish Music, Song and Dance with special guests FLAT OUT

The popularity of Irish Music, Song and Dance in the North Mayo Area will be brought to the fore in this year’s Ballina Salmon Festival on Friday 14th July at 7:30pm in the Military Quarter, Ballina. For the first time in its history, the festival will feature a Traditional Music, Song and Dance evening.

Artists from all over North Mayo will showcase their amazing talents as we celebrate life through Irish Music, Song and Dance.  The evening of Friday 14th July promises to be a hand clapping, foot tapping event and we look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Event line-up

This evening is set to be a mini-festival of traditional Irish music and the line-up is as follows:

  • Bofield Céilí Band/ Gort na mBó CCE 
  • Sylvan Kelly School of Dance
  • Scoil Rince Ui Chinneide
  • Nolan/Bailey School of Irish Dancing
  • Tommy Stenson Sean-Nós Dancer
  • Maureen Lawlor Centre Stage Vocal Academy
  • Atlantic Rhythm and Moffatt School of Irish Dancing
  • Friday Night Traditional Group
  • Flat Out

 

Admission

€5 at the gate on the night.

 

About the Artists

 

Bofield Musicians

In a small townland in the parish of Bonniconlon, many years ago, a group of 5 traditional musicians became known as the Bofield Band.  Decades later the group now have 100 musicians between the ages of 8 and 80, playing a variety of instruments.

They continue to promote traditional music, song and dance with traditional sessions and group music classes throughout the year.

No strangers to All Ireland competitions, the group will ensure an evening of foot-tapping lively Irish Traditional Music.

 

Sylvan Kelly School of Irish Dance

The Sylvan Kelly School of Irish Dancing provides classes in solo, team and show dancing.  They have won numerous World, All Ireland and International titles in both solo and team categories.   Having produced their own sell out shows in the Ballina Arts Centre, they pride themselves on also offering non competitive avenues in Irish Dancing.  Past students of the school are currently starring in top Irish Dance shows such as Riverdance and Lord of The Dance.

The school has performed on national television including The Late Late Toy Show and have also won TG4’s talent show An Jig Gig.  The aim of the school is to instil a love of Irish traditional music and dance culture into their students.

 

Scoil Rince Ui Chinneide

Scoil Rince Uí Chinnéide was established in January 2016. The Irish Dancing School is run by Tara Kennedy in Ballina. Tara began dancing at the age of four with Mrs. Pat Jackson Rowe and danced at many competitions in both Solo and Team events.

Tara began her teaching career with the Sylvan Kelly School and gained her TCRG (teaching qualification) in 2011. Tara runs classes in Ballina and Enniscrone teaching from the age of 3 and also has an adult class. Tara also teaches in many national schools in the local area. Please contact Tara on 085-7043458 for any information.
Nolan/Bailey School of Irish Dancing

Ballina is home to these champion dancers who have won many titles including Connacht, All Ireland, Great Britain, All Scotland & World Championships over the last number of years.

The Nolan/Bailey School is taught by Des Bailey and Cheryl Nolan who have worldwide theatrical experience, having toured with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

 

 

Tommy Stenson

Tommy started Sean Nos Dancing in 2011.  Since then he has performed with many highly acclaimed musicians including Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin and De Dannan.  He has appeared in numerous RTE and TG4 productions including Nationwide and An Jig Gig.

Tommy has performed nationwide and this year toured Lithuania for St. Patrick’s Celebrations with the Irish Embassy.  This year Tommy took a year out and has spent his time teaching in schools and local towns.

 

 

Maureen Lawlor – Centre Stage Vocal Academy

Formerly known as Lawlor School of Song, this school encourages and develops vocal technique.

This school also boasts a Musical Theatre Chorus called “Stage Heroes Academy” in which singing, dancing and acting culminates in an end-of-term musical.

Individual lessons and children’s choir are also on the curriculum.

 

 

Atlantic Rhythm Productions & Moffatt School of Irish Dancing

Atlantic Rhythm Productions is an amalgamation of local talented award winning young musicians and world champion dancers from the Moffatt School of Dancing.  The group has gone from strength to strength since its formation in 2013.  The group performs at home and abroad and has recently appeared on the Late Late Toy Show.

 

 

 

Friday Night Traditional Group

A love of Traditional Irish Music brought this group together a number of years ago.  The group meets up every Friday night in various locations to play Traditional Irish Music and sing Ballads. Their easy listening style attracts audiences from far and wide and audience participation is encouraged.  It’s an absolute must to watch this group in action as they portray Irish Traditional Music at its best.

 

Flat Out

Flat Out are a four piece, up and coming, group from the town of Ballina, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland. They formed their group in 2013 and are made up of family and friends.

They are a lively multi-genre group performing various types of music. Their sound can be described as a mixture of Folk, Trad, Pop with a hint of New World thrown in for good measure. With Traditional Irish instruments including the Irish harp, accordion, fiddle, bodhrán, flute and tin-whistle, Flat Out have created their own unique sound. They play a mix of their own original material along with reworked cover songs not to be missed.