Children’s Event: Music for Little Ones Workshops (x3)

These music workshop for small children are a really great way to introduce music to young children and parents who might want to continue music-making at home!

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.

A parent/guardian must attend with child – one adult, one child.


About Music for Little Ones

The Music for Little Ones at Ballina Salmon Festival workshops are facilitated by Miriam Ross. 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.

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Date: Friday 13th July


 – Age 3months – 1 year: 10.30am – 11.05am

 – Age 1-2 years: 11.20am – 11.55am

  – Age 2-3 years: 12.15pm – 12.50pm

Location: Ballina Arts Centre

Admission: €5. Booking essential. Maximum 8 per class


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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

CHILDREN’S EVENT: Story Time with Under the Bed Monsters

Meet the Under the Bed Monsters for the very first time!

We are very excited to invite you to a special story time at Ballina Library where we will introduce you to Gryffin, Hattie, Bidge, Bugly and Poppi! You will hear all about their adventures, have fun colouring and be able to design your very own monster in our special competition!

Please tell all your friends and we cannot wait to meet you there.


Suitable for: All ages

Date: Saturday 14th July

Time: 11am – 12.30pm

Location: Mayo County Library, Pearse St, Ballina

Admission: FREE. Booking essential

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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

Children’s Event – “Birdfeeders” Art Workshops (x2) with Gemma McGuinness

Art teacher and artist Gemma  McGuinness will show children in this socially interactive class how to create fun and pretty bird feeders using everyday objects and a range of art materials.


Suitable for:  Children aged 5+

Date: Friday 13th July

Time: 3pm – 4pm and 4pm – 5pm

Location: Ballina Arts Centre

Admission: €5. Booking essential


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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

CHILDREN’S EVENT: Children’s Yoga Session with Marie Loftus Yoga

An introduction to yoga with movement, stretching and lots of fun with Marie Loftus Yoga.


Suitable for:  Children aged 8-10

Date: Friday 13th July

Time: 2pm – 3pm

Location: Community Garden, The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse St

Admission: €2. Booking essential


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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

CHILDREN’S EVENT: Children’s First Aid Workshop with Ballina Order of Malta

Another new addition to the children’s programme this year, this interactive First Aid Workshop by the local Order of Malta team will help children learn how to treat cuts, sprains and fractures and learn basic CPR.
Founded in 1941, Order of Malta Ireland- Ambulance Corps- Ballina are a voluntary organisation providing First Aid and Ambulance cover to the community. As a voluntary member organisation, their mission is to make a positive contribution and to effect real change in our local and national communities by saving lives with care, touching lives with compassion in a non-discriminatory manner, and providing essential support where needed to change the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the delivery of our community care initiatives, first-aid services, youth and specialist professional training programmes.

The Order of Malta are also one of the cornerstones of Ballina Salmon Festival, always on hand to provide first aid and emergency response cover to our many events. You can follow them on Facebook here.


Suitable for:  Children aged 9-13

Date: Friday 13th July

Time: 11am – 1pm

Location: Order of Malta Ballina HQ, Marian Crescent

Admission: €2 (with €0.50c booking fee).
Booking essential


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Children’s Event – “Stained Glass Suncatchers” Art Workshops (x2) with Gemma McGuinness

Art teacher and artist Gemma will show children in this socially interactive class how to create beautiful suncatchers using a range of art materials.


Suitable for:  Age 5-12


Monday 9th July  3pm – 4pm and 4pm – 5pm

Saturday 14th July, 10.45am – 11.45am and 12pm – 1pm

Location: Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St

Admission: €5 + booking fee


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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

CHILDREN’S EVENT: Character Workshops with Mammy Red Head

Discover the character within and create your own with Ballina blogger and author Mammy Red Head, AKA Gemma McLoughlin.

Discover how everyday items can get a child’s mind exploring the world of stories. With games and a world of imagination.

The workshop ends with a reading from one of Gemma’s children’s books.

For each workshop children need to wear comfortable clothes and footwear and bring a drink.


Suitable for:  Children aged 5+

Date: Thursday 12th July

Time: 10.45am – 11.45am and 12pm – 1pm

Location: Ballina Arts Centre

Admission: €5 + booking fee


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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

CHILDREN’S EVENT: Stand Up Paddling Taster Session with Harbour SUP’n’Sail

Get on the river! Learn basic Stand Up Paddling skills, partake in races and have fun on the SUP board!

Max 12 children per class. Each class will consist of a taster session of 20mins each, with fun on the picnic area at The Point, Riverslade.

Harbour SUP’n’Sail offers group or individual SUP sessions from world class locations at Enniscrone Pier and the Quay, Ballina. They have a large range of beginner-friendly equipment and can cater for groups of up to 24 people in a single session. All instructors are ASI qualified and hold First Aid, Water Rescue  and Child Protection in sport certifications. HSS is a fully insured accredited School.


Suitable for:  Children aged 10+

Date: Thursday 12th July

Time: 4.45pm – 6pm and 6pm – 7.15pm

Location: The Point, Riverslade (grassy area around the corner, past Tom Ruane Park on Sligo Road)

Admission: €5. Booking essential


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CHILDREN’S EVENT: Salmon of Knowledge Workshop

Create your own ‘Salmon of Knowledge’ using materials from the Jackie Clarke Collection to tell the story of our town, our festival and of course the famous River Moy!

A fun and creative workshop.

Suitable for:  Children aged 5-10

Date: Thursday 12th July

Time: 11am – 12pm and 3pm – 4pm

Location: The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street

Admission: €2. Booking essential


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CHILDREN’S EVENT: Lights, Camera, Action! Film-making workshop

This film-tastic workshop will cover the basics of film-making – shooting, editing, captioning, music, and by the end, you should be able to make your own short movie!

The film-making workshop is being run by Pat Cunnane, principal of Behy National School with support from members of the school’s film-making club. The club has been in existence for 6 years in Behy National school and provides members with the skills they need to plan, shoot, edit and produce short films.

Each year the film club showcase their short films at the annual Behy National School Film Festival in Ballina Arts Centre. Club members also enter FÍS, the national film-making competition and have won awards in each of the last six years, including the overall award for ‘Best Film’ in 2014.

Pictured at the 11th FÍS Film Festival, are students Sophie Healy and Erin Garrett from Behy NS, who received the Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack’, for their film “The Runaway Circus”, at a ceremony in the Helix Dublin, November presented by Ciara O’Donnell, National Director of the PDST (left) and Dr. Annie Doona, President of IADT (right). Picture Andres Poveda
















Read more about Behy’s filmaking achievements here

Suitable for:  Ages 10-12

Date: Thursday 12th July

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am (meet at 10.15am at the Jackie Clarke Collection)

Location: The Education Space at the Jackie Clarke Collection

Requirements: Children are requested to bring a set of headphones/earphones if possible.

Admission: €5. Booking essential

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CHILDREN’S EVENT: Fun in Tumble Jungle

Enjoy a fun session in Ireland’s largest indoor play centre, Tumble Jungle!

Suitable for:  Children of all ages, but must be no taller than 4ft 11in  (150cm)

Date: Thursday 12th July

Time: 10.30am – 11.20am

Location: Tumble Jungle Indoor Play Centre, Bunree

Admission: FREE, but booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Please note a limit of five children per booking applies.

You can also book tickets by calling into Tumble Jungle in Bunree, Ballina or calling 096 76637.


CHILDREN’S EVENT: Beach Art Workshops

Art teacher and artist Gemma will show children in this socially interactive class how to use items collected at home and from the beach to create beautiful beach-themed art.

Suitable for:  Age 5+

Date: Tuesday 10th July

Time: 3pm – 4pm AND 4pm – 5pm

Location: Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St

Admission: €5 + booking fee

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Children’s Event – Storyboard Workshop with Mammy Red Head

Create your own story through interactive games and imagination with our Ballina blogger and author, Mammy Red Head AKA Gemma McLoughlin.

Children are encouraged to get writing and drawing, talk about how a story comes together then create one!

The workshop ends with a reading from Mammy Red Head’s book, ‘Little Red Head in the Céide Fields’.

For each workshop children need to wear comfortable clothes and footwear and bring a drink.


Suitable for:  Age 5+

Date: Tuesday 10th July

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am AND 12pm – 1pm

Location: Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St

Admission: €5 + booking fee

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Children’s Event – Junior Historians Workshop at the Jackie Clarke Collection

Budding historians will gain unique access to the Jackie Clarke Collection archive and uncover the hidden treasures of the Collection during the

A hands-on, practical workshop.

Suitable for:  Age 8-12

Date: Tuesday 10th July

Time: 12pm – 1pm and 2pm – 3pm

Location: Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse St, Ballina

Admission: €2

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CHILDREN’S EVENT: Moy Trust Children’s River Workshop

As part of the Ballina Salmon Festival programme this year, we’re delighted to be able to offer this exciting and interactive educational workshop all about the River Moy facilitated by the  Moy Trust, a newly formed advocacy group for the river.

This fascinating and inspiring river-related workshop will incorporate science, ecology, river-based wildlife, flora and fauna, angling, falconry and more, and will involve Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Local Authorities Waters and Communities Office (LAWCO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mayo Co Council’s Environment Department; the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and local angling clubs –  to name but a few!

Fun and interactive

The workshop will take place over the entire stretch of the Cathedral Beat, between the two bridges. Children will be broken into groups and will have an opportunity to learn in a fun interactive way about river wildlife – in the river and on the river bank, the science of the river, learn all about water safety, meet some wonderful birds of prey.

Best of all, each participating child will get a chance to try their hand at fishing on the famous River Moy, receiving one-on-one tuition from an experienced angler.

Healthy refreshments will be served on the day and children can expect some additional surprises too!

Suitable for:  Age 10+

Date: Tuesday 10th July

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Cathedral Road, Ballina

Admission: €5 + booking fee

Requirements: Children are advised to wear old clothing and bring waterproofs, and to bring a healthy packed lunch.


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CHILDREN’S EVENT: Martial Arts Skills Workshop

Learn basic martial arts skills with Harry at Moy Valley Freestyle Martial Arts.

Martial Arts benefits children in many ways, such as helping them to learn how to focus better, building self confidence, team work, anti bullying, discipline, respect, how to deal with stress and so much more.

Suitable for:  Age 5+

Date: Tuesday, 10th July

Times: 11am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm

Location: Killala Road Business Park

Admission: €2 (book below)


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Children’s Event – Rinka Fun fitness workshops

Rinka Ballina offers non-competitive classes to build children’s confidence, using a dynamic and fun system to manage their health and wellbeing through active and creative fitness programmes. Whatever a child’s interest, there is something to offer with classes ranging from dance, drama and fitness. Creating healthy bodies, healthy minds and happy hearts is Rinka’s business!

Your child will enjoy this fun fitness workshop that will benefit both body and mind!

Date: Monday 9th July

Time: 11am – 12pm (age 3-7) and 12pm – 1pm (age 8-12)

Location: Ardnaree Sarsfields GAA Club

Admission: €2 non-refundable. Book below or by calling into the Ballina Salmon Festival Booking Office in Ballina Tourist Office.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Max two children per booking.

Children’s Event – Art & Crafts with Elsa

Artist Elsa O’Reilly holds a Degree in printed textiles and surface pattern and loves to share her knowledge with children as she shows them how to enjoy working with different materials to create amazing works of art!

Elsa will be delivering two great workshops as part of this year’s Ballina Salmon Festival.


Session 1: Monday 9th July, 10.45am – 11.45am – Kids’ Clay making Workshop

An hour of fun creating a keepsake out of clay ! The children will make a clay frame or pencil holder using easy to use air drying clay,which they can decorate and take home.

Suitable for ages 6 plus


Session 2: Monday 9th July, 12pm – 1pm – Make a Cardboard Moving Monster

The children will make a cardboard monster of their own design with amazing moving parts! They will use different materials to decorate the monsters ready to take home .

Creative and fun, suitable for age 6 plus.

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Family Fly Casting Open Day

We’re delighted this year to team up with the Game Anglers Instructor’ Association and Inland Fisheries Ireland to give members of the public an opportunity to try their hand at fly casting on the River Moy. Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialised weighted line.
This is a great opportunity for complete novices and experienced anglers alike of all ages to avail of the expertise of our instructors and we would particularly encourage parents to bring their children along to introduce them to fly fishing. Who knows, it might inspire a new passion! No prior knowledge or experience is required.
What you can expect at the Family Fly Casting Open Day:

• Casting clinics with qualitied instructors
• Single hand and double hand casting demos
• Fly-tying demonstrations
• Advice and individual instruction

Safety will be paramount on the day, and no hooks will be used for casting – a wool tag is used instead. Safety equipment such as hats and glasses will be provided, and there will be qualified first responders and first aid equipment on hand. Qualified river rescue personnel and throw ropes will also be available.

This event will take place at the beautiful Point picnic area alongside Tom Ruane Park, where the Teddy Bear’s Picnic will also be taking place.

Our sincere thanks to the Game Angling Instructors’ Association and Inland Fisheries Ireland for putting on this great event and we hope to see you there.

The Hothouse Ballina 30th Anniversary Party

  • Old Military Quarter
  • Friday, July 13 from 8 til late
  • Tickets: €5 (w/ €0.50c booking fee)

Cast your mind back to the days of yore in Ballina; those halcyon days and warm nights in the height of summer when the capital of North Mayo was known far and wide as a party town like no other. Every weekend, thousands of people descended on the town to let their hair down, party and have a good time, and the memories of those legendary club days live on still.

The Hothouse flung open its doors in 1988 – the Summer of Love – and immediately captured the summer vibe. With the best of 80s and later, 90s tunes, it was a potent formula that brought like-minded people together – people that just wanted to party and have a good time. It was a special time, complimented by nights at Longnecks Niteclub, another special place overlooking the River Moy that captured the heart of many a local and visitor in the 80s and 90s.

This year at Ballina Salmon Festival, we’ll be recreating those magic club nights on Friday July 13 in the Old Military Quarter with the Hothouse Ballina 30th Anniversary Party. While the event marks 30 years since the infamous Hothouse threw open its doors, this is really a celebration of the best of our town’s party nights, and DJs Dermot Rice and John Moyles of NRG TWO will share the stage to deliver an unforgettable night of music and dance.

This party night aims to conjure up special memories of a fantastic time in Ballina’s history, delivering the cream of the 80s and 90s in one event. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for one hell of a party!

Full bar available on site.

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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 29th June June 2018 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!

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.


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

the broken jug logo

The Broken Jug – main sponsor

Blooms & Things Florists

Winters Jewellers

Guna Nua Boutique

Mayo Crystal

Shaws Department Store

Great National Hotel Ballina

Noo Chocolates

Foody’s Pharmacy

You’re invited to the launch of Ballina Salmon Festival 2018

Ballina Salmon Festival 2018 takes place from 8th – 15th July, and the countdown is well and truly on!

We’re really looking forward to a great week for all ages, with some great new events and some old favourites.

You and a guest are cordially invited to the official Crowd Launch of Ballina Salmon Festival on Friday 22nd June at 7pm in the beautiful surroundings of the Jackie Clarke Collection.

This year, the festival will be launched in unity by the community of Ballina, in a celebration of our achievements and talents within the town over the past year.

We’ll also launch our official Festival Magazine, kindly sponsored once again by Office Pro

Enjoy an evening of entertainment and light refreshments, and meet old friends and new.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP to, or by calling (096) 80095.

National Heritage Day at Ballina Salmon Festival

Step back in time on National Heritage Day
  • Ballina Town Centre
  • Wednesday, July 11 from 10am-6pm
  • Admission: FREE

 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 sensations of a market day 100 years ago, as the past comes to life and the streets are transformed. 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.

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

Watch out for the special Heritage Day edition of local paper, The Western People, especially produced for this day.


Heritage Quarter at the Jackie Clarke Collection

As always, you can enjoy a plethora of heritage and cultural activities in the Jackie Clarke Collection on Heritage Day. Participate in olde-word heritage games – hula hoops, skipping, hopscotch, ring toss, traditional board games – in the Courtyard all day. Enjoy heritage arts and crafts with Ballina Costume Company and a children’s workshop given by the Jackie Clarke Collection’s Education Department. Marvel at the display of Falconry and Birds of Prey in the Walled Heritage Garden at 2pm – 4pm. Atlantic Rhythm of Ireland’s Got Talent fame will be performing, as will Maria’s Musicians from Ballycastle. You’ll also learn about many of the tourism attractions in North Mayo that showcase our heritage.



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.


Musical Entertainment                

As well as on-street entertainment throughout the day, keep an eye open for some great acts performing on the main stage at the Post Office. Up-and-coming Foxford band The Kerbs will be making an appearance, as will Mayo Youth Orchestra, who are going from strength to strength, and watch out for some great other musical performances throughout the day.


The Garda Band returns by popular demand

Last year, the performance of the Garda Band made international headlines when they were joined on stage by Ballina native Garda Alan McGinty, who delivered a spine-tingling rendition of “My Way”, much to the delight of the huge crowd. We are delighted to welcome the Garda Band back to the main stage this year from 2-4pm, where another couple of surprises await!


Get Involved

National Heritage Day is not just a day to come along and witness – it’s an immersive experience, Everyone is encouraged to dress up and participate in this exhibition of living history. Hire a costume from Ballina Costume Company located in the old Parochial Hall on Bury Street – call +353 (0)96 72154, email – or make your own!



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

“Those Were The Days” – A Night of Dance Hall Nostalgia

Ballina Salmon Festival and Soundman Entertainment are proud to announce a new and nostalgic event, recreating the glorious years of the “Dance Hall Days” with a twelve-piece Big Band and a fantastic mix of classic national and local acts.

This wonderful event will feature a stellar line-up from days of old right up to the present with special guests as follows:

  • Lorraine and Keith McDonald – The Showband Show
  • Shaun O’Dowd (of Shaun O’Dowd & Ding-a-Ling)
  • The Conquerors Band featuring Tony Maher & Frankie Collahan,
  • Frankie Mc Donald, (formerly with the great Joe Dolan)
  • For one night only, the world famous “Jack Ruane Showband” presents Jack Ruane Jnr.
  • J Duffy (Michael O’Callaghan Band)
  • Pearse McNamara, Dave McDonnell, John Haugh and more!

Featuring a special tribute to Mayo’s No.1 Hit Singer, Doc Carroll of “Old Man Trouble fame.

MC on the night is the inimitable Henry McGlade of The Irish At Home and Abroad. Bring your dancing shoes!

Dance floor and seating on site.

Make your way to Brennan’s Lane Bar afterwards for the Meet and Greet After-Party – all welcome.


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The Eamonn Joyce Memorial Cup

The annual Festival football game between Ireland and Poland kicks off in Belleek Park at 7pm on Saturday 14th 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 and kick off the biggest night of Ballina Salmon Festival!

Mecz o Puchar ku pamieci Eamona Joyce’a Polska – Irlandia Sobota 14 Lipca Belleek Park, Boisko Ballina FC Serdecznie Zapraszamy Wszystkich Polskich Kibiców.

Admission is free and all are welcome. 

An Evening with Seán Keane

Ballina Salmon Festival is delighted to welcome the owner of “the most distinctive voice in Ireland”, the legendary Seán Keane and  his unique blend of traditional Irish, folk country and blues to the Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina on Friday, July 13 at 8pm sharp.

Seán, who comes from a very musical family in Caherlistrane, Co. Galway has been performing around the world for nearly 40 years.

Born in 1961, he won his first of 13 Fleadh Cheoil medals for solo singing at 7 years of age. He joined his first Band called Shegui in London and released an album with them. He then toured America with his sister Dolores in a band called Reel Union and was a founding member of Arcady. Sean released his first solo album in the early 90’s and is still recording new material.

Sean continues to sing songs like ‘Isle of hope Isle of Tears’, ‘From Galway to Gracelands’, and ‘Fields of Gold’ on his set each night.

His compilation 3 CD set entitled ‘Never Alone’ still proves popular among his followers. Come along to hear his distinctive Irish tones pull at the heart strings and hear him play up to five instruments on stage.

Seated show, tickets €20


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The Core Stage returns to Ballina Salmon Festival 2018!

Ballina Salmon Festival together with The Core are delighted to announce the return of daily lunchtime concerts on The Core Stage for this year’s festival.

Following the success of last year’s event, we are really looking forward to welcoming the talented young musicians that make up The Core and the various Music Generation Mayo programmes back to the stage, which this year will be based in the Community Garden in the Jackie Clarke Collection.

Starting on Monday, July 9, the stage will feature a daily line-up of young performers. It will also feature young performers from throughout Mayo, as The Core aims to provide a platform for young local musicians regardless of their membership.

Event details

Dates: Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July 2018

Times: 12.30pm – 2pm daily

Location: The Core Stage, Community Garden at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street.

So grab your lunch, take a seat and listen to some of Mayo’s finest young musical talent while dining al-fresco in the Jackie Clarke Collection’s beautiful Community Garden.


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 or call 087-7485954

Non-members of The Core can also apply to perform on the Festival Stage by logging onto


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 has become 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 10th July at 7:30pm  departing from Rouse’s Bar on Pearse Street (Registration from 6:30pm),

Entry Fees – including a specially designed souvenir medal for the first 150 finishers

  • €10 per adult runner
  • €5 per adult walker
  • €2 per U14-U18 participant,
  • €15 per family (2 adults and U14-U18 participants).

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.

The River Moy Search and Rescue also conducts a phenomenal amount of river bank clean-ups while on training missions, working quietly behind the scenes to ensure that our beautiful River Moy remains safe for our wildlife too.

More info:


Ballina Salmon Festival 5k race poster