Ballina Salmon Festival Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Launch at Hugo’s of Dublin.

The 60th anniversary celebrations of the Ballina Salmon Festival were officially launched at Hugo’s of Dublin, hosted by Ballina Chamber.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Hugo’s restaurant on Merrion Row, Dublin, owned and managed by Ballina native Gina Murphy, the event marked a significant milestone for the festival.

Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus Weir of Ballina Municipal District Council welcomed all to the festival launch.

Mary Dunne, Chairperson of Ballina Salmon Festival, expressed gratitude to all who support the festival especially in its 60th year, through sponsorship and promotion.

Mary highlighted the importance of this year’s celebration, stating, “This year in particular is a very special time for the community of Ballina and Co Mayo, as we plan for the 60th anniversary of the longest-running community festival in Ireland, the Ballina Salmon Festival. We cannot emphasise enough what the festival means for our community and what it brings to the town, instilling civic pride and renewed interest in the heritage and culture of Co Mayo.”

President of Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Mary Moyles, extended a warm welcome to those who took time out of their busy workday to join the festival launch, inviting all to come ‘Home to Mayo’ in July. Mary also highlighted the economic benefits of the Ballina Salmon Festival and what it means both financially and socially for the business community in Ballina.

This year’s festival will take place from July 6th to 14th, featuring a nine-day programme of family friendly, culture, heritage, sporting, and live music events, with many events based on and around the magnificent River Moy and at various iconic locations in Ballina.

As the longest-running community festival along the Wild Atlantic Way, the festival draws inspiration from Ballina’s jewel, the river Moy, with the town officially dubbed the ‘Salmon Capital of Ireland’.

Welcoming Minister Dara Calleary and Minister Alan Dillon to the festival launch, along with members of the Mayo Dublin Association, Chambers Ireland team, and friends of Ballina and Co Mayo, everyone agreed on the importance of the festival and what an asset it is to the town and county.

Mags Downey Martin CEO Ballina Chamber added

“The Mayo Diaspora in Dublin have shown tremendous support and enthusiasm for the Salmon Festival over the decades, contributing to its enduring success and vibrant history.  We were delighted to follow in the traditional footsteps of hosting a festival launch in Dublin and we are very grateful to Gina and her team at Hugos for supporting us on this wonderful festival launch day.”

There is still an opportunity to sponsor an event in the festival programme, please contact for sponsorship opportunities.