Thérese Ní Láimhín crowned Ballina Salmon Festival Lady of the Moy 2017

The traditional pre-festival warm-up, the Lady of the Moy 2017 competition took place in The Great National Hotel, Ballina on Friday 30th June.

Traditionally the first event in the festival calendar, the large crowd in attendance was treated to a night of glitz, glamour and entertainment as local lady Thérese Ní Láimhín, representing The Station House Hotel claimed the crown on the night.

The Lady of the Moy will represent Ballina Salmon Festival during festival week as well as acting as an ambassador for the town throughout the year. Holding the title of Lady of the Moy is regarded as an honour for the winning lady that offers great opportunities for networking, development as well as many fun, memorable occasions throughout the year.

Proudly sponsored by Allure Hair and Beauty, this year the competition boasted 14 contestants in total, each representing a local business or group. The contest was judged by Allure owner Martha Galvin, high-profile blogger and influencer Kieran O’Malley (aka ‘The Galway Player’) and acclaimed TV make-up artist Hayley Coleman.  The wit of MC Ollie Turner of Galway Bay FM was a delight on the night as he guided them through their stint on stage. Most sang, danced or recited poetry for the crowd, showing once again the level of talent that exists in Ballina. Each girl also completed an individual interview with the judges.

 

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Ballina’s Salmon Festival’s Lady of the Moy 2017 co-ordinator Mary Moyles pictured with her team organisers Sinead McGowan and Jennifer Gorman with competion judges Martha Galvin and Kieran O’Malley. Absent from pic was fellow judge Hayley Coleman. (Picture: Henry Wills.)

 

Winner Thérese Ní Láimhín hails from Foxford, is a student in DCU, and has just finished her first year of studying primary school teaching. She is an accomplished musician, playing no fewer than four instruments, the piano, concertina, guitar and tin whistle. Indeed her performance at the Lady of the Moy  2017 contest consisted of Therese playing guitar a beautiful medley of songs in English and Irish. Therese is a pioneer and a proud Gaeilgóir, having grown up with the language at home.

 Thérese said: “I’m very excited about the week and year ahead, and can’t wait to meet everyone, and see how it all works! It’s an honour and a privilege to represent my town, and I feel it’s so important to be able to speak about your own home town and be involved in things that are going on, particularly from a tourism point of view. It’ll be lovely to look back on this in years to come and to be able to say I was a part of it, and I can’t wait.”

 

Ballina’s Bevy of Beauties”. Majestically representing Ballina at it’s Salmon Festival’s Lady of the Moy competition in the Great National Hotel were contestants standing from left, Isla Wall (The Ice House Hotel), Leah Walsh (Shaws), Amy Traynor (Nephin Rose), Catherine O’Boyle (The Merry Monk), Karen Hegarty (The Broken Jug), Mairead Hopkins (Empire Rooms), Tyra Marsh (Ruby Rooms), Rebecca Mulhaire (Guna Nua), and Katie O’Malley ( Bella Beauty). Seated from left, Amy Moore (Bar Square), Overall winner Therese N’ Laimhin (The Station House), Gemma Ryan (Ballina Manor Hotel), Rebecca Langan (The Great National Hotel), and Michelle Kearns (Involve). (Picture Henry Wills.)

 

Event organiser Mary Moyles, manager of The Broken Jug said: “The Lady of the Moy gives these young women a fantastic opportunity and the confidence they gain from standing up in front of their town is wonderful. They are all so proud to represent their towns and their businesses. In our eyes they are all winners and young women our town can be proud of.”

The Lady of the Moy 2017 competition was proudly supported by a number of local businesses. Allure Hair and Beauty were the main sponsors, providing the main prize and hair and make-up services for the event. The event was also supported by hosts, The Great National Hotel Ballina, as well as Gúna Nua Boutique, Winter’s Jewellers, Mayo Crystal, John Rocha, Moy Chocolates and Blooms ‘n’ Things. Local hairdressers and beauticians also sponsored hairstyling and makeup for the night, once again demonstrating the sense of community for which Ballina Salmon Festival is so renowned.

Winner of third prize on the night was Karen Hegarty representing the Broken Jug and runner-up was Mairead Hopkins representing The Empire Rooms. Catherine O’Boyle of the Merry Monk was winner of the audience vote.  Guests were treated to a spectacular interval show by award-winning Sylvan Kelly School of Dance, who will also feature during the festival as part of the Celebration of Irish Music event taking place on Friday 14th July in the Military Quarter.

Go on Festival Photo Safari on Sun 9th July!

If you’re visiting the area for Festival week, or even if you’re a local with a camera who’d like some tips on how to use it, you’re in the right place!

Mayo is an haven for photographers of all levels and interests, with its abundance landscapes, textures, and gorgeous light that enchants camera-carriers. Local photographer David Browne organises regular “Photo Safaris” to scenic locations in Mayo and beyond throughout the summer months, with the objective of bringing visitors to the most scenic spots and while doing so, helping them to develop their digital photography skills.

On Sunday 9th July, to coincide with the start of Ballina Salmon Festival, David’s Photo Safari will take place in Ballina from 2-5pm. 

The Photo Safari is tailor-made with hotographers of all levels in mind. David has an intimate knowledge of the local area, and supplies notes/instruction on camera settings as well as some local history and folklore. He holds a Distinction from the Irish Photographic Federation, and is the retired Chair of Mayo Photographic Club.

Regardless of the type of camera you own, be it a point and shoot, a full frame DSLR or even just your phone camera, David will provide an exciting, hands-on tutorial tackling composition, framing, lighting and much more. Don’t miss this special chance to sharpen your photo taking skills, capture some fantastic local scenes and meet other like-minded photographers.

And best of all, you’ll be back in Ballina by 5pm, in lots of time for International Evening!

Photo: Cartwheel Maker at Ballina Salmon Festival Heritage Day 2016 by David Browne

 

More information on David’s Festival Photo Safari

Meeting Point: The Ridge Pool (opposite the Ballina Manor Hotel) at 2pm.
Weather permitting, the group will photograph the famous Ridge Pool, St. Muredach’s Cathedral, the Quay and Belleek Woods.
Suitable footwear is recommended as are waterproofs just in case!

Call David on +353 (0) 87 211 to book in.
Or email davidbrownephotography@gmail.com
Website: www.irelandphotosales.com
Like David Browne Photography on Facebook

 

Photo Safari Summer Programme 2017

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Moy Fishery Exhibition at the Jackie Clarke Collection

As part of Jackie Clarke’s incredible collection of over 100,000 items of Irish history, he had a great interest in the local fishing industry and over the course of his lifetime, amassed documents, books and many other items relating to The Moy Fishery.

To celebrate the Ballina Salmon Festival, the Jackie Clarke Collection is pleased to announce the return of its Moy Fishery Exhibition.
In addition to Jackie’s own materials, we are delighted that The Moy Fishery will also be providing tangible items from their own archives to be displayed. This exhibition will be on display from the 11th to the 15th of July 2017.

The Collection is open fom  10am-5pm – Tuesday – Saturday. For more information call +353 (0)96 73508.

Garda Band a highlight of 2017 National Heritage Day festivities

 

National Heritage Day at Ballina Salmon Festival is of the cornerstones of the event, developed by the festival committee over 25 years ago and attracts up to 40,000 people to the town every year. Wednesday 12th July 2017 is a day to dress up in costume, immerse yourself in the experience and 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.

There’s a great programme of musical entertainment included in the Heritage Day festivities, and this year the festival will come alive with the sounds of  the renowned Bofield Ceilí Band, the Clew Bay Critters, the  Moffatt School of Irish Dance and Music and  Scoil Rince Uí Chinnéide  School of Irish Dance.

One of the highlights however of the day is set to be the return of the Garda Band.

Back by popular demand, the committee is so thrilled to be able to welcome An Garda Síochana Band back to the streets for another performance. They are a huge festival favourite, always drawing a massive crowd to their base at the Main Stage at the Post Office, and also serve to attract significant numbers of visitors into the town to watch them perform. It is an honour and a delight to have such a prestigious musical unit perform in our town and we cannot wait to see them live once again.

You can see the Garda Band perform at Ballina Post Office on O’Rahilly Street from 2-4pm on National Heritage Day, Wednesday 12th July 2017.

 

About the Garda Band

The Garda Band was established shortly after the establishment of An Garda Síochána and gave its very 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. We are delighted to be welcoming them back to Ballina Salmon Festiva’s National Heritage Day this year.

 

Watch some past performances from the Garda Band at Ballina Salmon Festival

 

Garda Band performing at Ballina Salmon Festival in 2009 

 

 And in 2007!

Irish Defence Forces return to the Jackie Clarke Collection on Heritage Day

For the fourth year in a row, the Jackie Clarke Collection, always at the heart of heritage and history in Ballina is pleased to announce the return of the Irish Defence Forces team, who are stationed at the Curragh Camp,  along with their Ford Mk VI Armoured Car.

This fantastic piece of history will be on display on Walsh Street on Heritage Day July 12th 2017,  where the Defence Forces team will be on hand to share the history of this car.

Due to an unavailability of armoured vehicles for the Defence Forces from external sources during the Emergency, it was decided to produce vehicles designed by the Defence Forces in Ireland. One of these vehicles was the Ford Mk VI. Twenty-eight of these vehicles were produced by Thompson & Sons of Carlow, twenty-one on new chassis and the remaining seven on chassis’ withdrawn from military service. These vehicles would see service throughout the state during the Emergency and were mostly used for border patrols.

In 1961, a total of eleven Ford armoured cars were deployed with Irish Army personnel to Congo as part the United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC). While these cars were quite old at this stage, it is a testament to their crews and maintenance staff that six of the eleven cars were handed over in running order to the Congolese forces for their peacekeeping mission when the Irish withdrew. The vehicles stayed in service until 1970.

This event at the Jackie Clarke Collection has been kindly sponsored by the Ballina Manor Hotel. For more information please call 096 73805 or email aforbes@mayococo.ie.

 

Other events in the Jackie Clarke Collection on National Heritage Day
  • Falconry Display with Mount Falcon’s Birds of Prey at 2pm in the Community Garden
  • Moy Fisheries Exhibition
  • Children’s Heritage games in the Courtyard
  • Curation of the Heritage Quarter featuring a number of local heritage tourist attractions
  • Live music

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 Junior Literary Awards return to Ballina Salmon Festival!

Mayo and Ballina, in particular has much to be proud of in terms of local creative writing, and the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards have been revived this year to celebrate this talent, and to foster and encourage a love of writing among our young people – which ultimately contributes to a vibrant local literary culture.

The Awards, which were a feature of the festival in the past and are being revived this year by committee members Ger Hogan and Lizann Gorman will focus initially on primary school writers. Inspired by the success of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), this award is billed as the HaHoLit (Half Hour Literary) Award, where children are challenged to set aside just half an hour to create a short story or poem in English or Irish.

The awards have been kindly sponsored by Paul Brennan, Solicitor (main sponsor), Eason Ballina, Creative Writing Mayo and An Teanga Bheo School of Irish, Ballina.

 

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Award Sponsors

 

Who can enter? 

The Junior Literary Awards are open to children under 13 years and the categories include both short story and poetry.

Awards will be made in both English and Gaeilge.

 

Categories

  • Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Irish Short Story (Max 1000 words)
  • Poetry
  • Irish poetry

 

How to enter

Entry forms can be downloaded here or collected from the Ballina Salmon Festival office.

Entries are to be submitted to the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on Pearse Street by Saturday 1st July, and shortlisting will take place the following week. The successful shortlist will be published on the Festival Website and local media outlets, and parents/guardians will be contacted directly.

The cost of entry is €2, or €5 for three entries.

Click here to download the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards Entry Form

 

Prize-giving Night

A prize-giving ceremony will take place in Ballina Arts Centre at 7pm on Thursday 6th July. Winners will have the opportunity to present their work in front of an audience.

 

Judges

The judges this year are local writer Helen Falconer for short fiction, poet Terry McDonagh for poetry and Orla Ní Slaic of An Teanga Bheo for all Irish entries.

 

Prizes

There will be a number of prizes awarded on the night including:

  • A workshop in An Teanga Bheo School of Irish
  • A voucher for a winning school for entry to Tumble Jungle
  • A Workshop in Creative Writing Pass, E
  • Easons Book Vouchers and
  • The winning title of the Junior Bard of Ballina.

Winning entries will be published on the Ballina Salmon Festival website. We look forward to reading your entries!

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival

Pictured with local children is main sponsor Paul Brennan Solicitor accompanied by Ballina Salmon Festival PRO, Anne-Marie Flynn and event organisers Ger (Faith) Hogan and Lizann Gorman. 

 

 

Junior Literary Awards Ballina Salmon Festival

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

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

Music For Little Ones Workshops at Ballina Salmon Festival

As part of this year’s children’s arts programme, we are delighted to be offering a morning of special music workshops for the under 4s. Music for Little Ones at Ballina Salmon Festival is sure to be in demand. 

Each workshop will last for 40 minutes and parents are invited to come along as well and to join in!

Activities will include, finger plays, bouncing songs, action songs, rhymes, creative movement and instrument playing to name but a few.  These are all introduced through play and performance using a variety of colourful and multi-sensory props as well as finger and hand puppets.

This will be a great way to introduce music to young children, as well as for parents who might like to continue the music-making at home too.

 

Times and Dates

Date Time Age
Saturday 15th July 9:30am – 10:15am 3months – 1 year
10:30am – 11:15am 1-2 year-olds
11:30am – 12:15pm 2-3 years
12:30pm – 1:15pm 3-4 years

Ballina Arts CentreVenue:

Fee per child for Music For Little Ones Workshops

  • €5 (non-refundable)

Booking essential: 

  • Classes must be booked and paid for in advance by calling into the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on Pearse Street, Ballina (opposite the Jackie Clarke Collection).
  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Two children max per booking.
  • Strict limit of 8 children per class.
  • Call the festival office on +353 (0)96 79814 for enquiries.

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • One parent must attend with child (one parent per child)

 

About Music for Little Ones

The Music for Little Ones at Ballina Salmon Festival workshops are facilitated by Miriam McDonnell.  Miriam is a qualified Colourstrings Kindergarten Music teacher and teaches music in Alexandra College, Dublin.  She is the founder of Music for Little Ones, a specialised music school offering music classes to young children and their parents.

 

Visit musicforlittleones.ie | Like the Music for Little Ones Facebook page

Children’s Fishing Competition at Ballina Salmon Festival

Kindly sponsored by Ridgepool Tackle Shop and Mark Forbes’ Butchers, the Children’s Fishing Competition is one of the Ballina Salmon Festival highlights for children. 

Come along on the day and compete for prizes for the best catch!

Free admission and no booking required.

Our thanks to both Gary in Ridgepool Tackle Shop and Mark for their kind support of Ballina Salmon Festival.

Venue

Time: 

  • 11am – 1pm (all ages)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Children must bring along their own fishing rod and lifejacket.
  • Children should also bring a lunchbox.

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Circus Workshop for Children with Babcock & Bobbins

 

The inimitable Babcock and Bobbins, juggling supremos,  have performed all over Ireland, from Belfast to Ballina and from Coleraine to Cork.

Now, they’re coming back to Ballina with their super mix of traditional circus, slapstick comedy and circus skills, which included Fire Juggling, Stilt Walking, Rola Bola, Giraffe Unicycle, Fire Breathing and more!

This workshop incorporates a great mix of juggling, circus games and lots and lots of laughs.

 

Venue

Time: 

  • 2pm – 4pm

Fee per child:

  • €2 (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.

 

Watch Babcock and Bobbins in action! 

 

Fun Papier Mâché Workshops for children!

 

Local artist Alice Dixon will work with children in the surroundings of Ballina Arts Centre to make wonderful, colourful papier mâché creations to bring home.

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

 

Venue

Times: 

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

Papier Mâché Workshops at Ballina Salmon Festival – Fee per child:

  • €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.