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


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