Traffic management plan 2018

Ballina Salmon Festival takes place in Ballina, Mayo from Sun 8th to Sun 15th July and there will be some diversions in place throughout festival week. Drivers are also warned to expect delays due to large crowds attending particular events.

Members of the public are asked to co-operate with An Garda Síochána at all times. 

Wed 11th July is Heritage Day with 40-50,000 visitors expected in the town. Road closures will be in place from 6am to 9pm. A Garda traffic management plan will be in place and motorists should use the designated car parks which will be signposted. All motorists coming into town on the N26 and heading for Sligo on the N59 or Bonniconlon on the Tubbercurry Rd (R294) should use James Connolly St (known locally as Hill St) which will remain open.

On Thurs 12th July, local diversions will be in place in the evening due to a concert.

On Fri 13th July, a Garda traffic management plan will be in place from 3pm to 7pm. All motorists coming into town on the N26 and heading for Sligo on the N59 or Bonniconlon on the Tubbercurry Rd (R294) should use James Connolly St (known locally as Hill St) which will remain open.

On Saturday 14th July, there will be a Mardi Gras and fireworks display. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 6pm to 2am, with a Garda traffic management plan in place from 11:30pm-12:30am. Motorists are advised to use the Lower Bridge on the N59 to come into the town.

On Sun 15th July, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic will take place at Tom Ruane Park from 2-6pm. Expect delays on the N59.


Ballina Salmon Festival Road Closure List and Alternative Routes 2018

Sunday 08/07/2018

10hrs – 17:30 hrs

Arbuckle Row from its junction with Castle road to its junction with Bachelors Walk.

Bachelors Walk from its junction with Arbuckle Row to its junction with Dillon Tce.


.Lower Bridge, Cathedral Road,

Upper Bridge, Emmet St, Dillon Tce, Nally St

.Nally St, Dillon Tce.



Sunday 08/07/2018

14:30hrs – 01:30hrs


O’Rahilly St from its junction with Pearse St to its junction with Bury St. Casement Street from its junction with Hill street to its junction with O’Rahilly St.  

.Tolan St, Emmett St, Dillon Tce, Humbert St, Circular Pound St, Teeling St


Tuesday 10/07/2018

17:00hrs – 01:00hrs

Lower Abbey St. From Plunkett Rd to the Upper Bridge (Ham Bridge).

The Brook from its junction with Plunkett Rd to its junction with Lower Abbey.


.Wests Road, Ridgepool Rd

.Upper Bridge, Emmett St, Lower Bridge, Howley St, Sligo Road, Bunree Road


Tuesday 10/07/2018

18:00hrs – 21:00hrs

Pearse Street, from its junction with AIB Bank to its junction with O’Rahilly Street .Dillon Terrace, Lower Bridge, Cathedral Road, Upper Bridge, Tolan Street.

Wednesday, 11/07/2018

06:00hrs – 21:00hrs

James Connolly Street (from its junction with Water Lane to its junction with Tolan Street). Garden Street, Market Road, Tone Street, Tolan Street (from its junction with Tone Street to its junction with Barret Street). Pearse street, O’Rahilly Street, Casement Street, Bury Street. Upper Bridge, Tolan St, Barrett St, Waterlane,Upper Bridge , Emmett St,

Dillon terrace, Humbert Street, Circular Rd,

Kevin Barry Street, Teeling St, pound St, Circular Road, Humbert St, Dillon Terrace, Lower bridge, Cathedral Rd


Saturday, 15/07/2018

18:00hrs – 02:00hrs

Garden Street, Tone Street, Tolan Street, Emmett Street, Upper Bridge(Northeast Lane only), Bridge Street (Northeast lane only) Pawn office lane, Moy lane, Cathedral Road, Pearse Street, O’Rahilly street, Abbey Street (from its junction with Plunkett street to its junction with the Upper Bridge), James Connolly Street,(from its junction with Water Lane to its junction with Tolan Street, Bury Street, Casement Street. Bunree Road, Sligo Road,

Howley Street, Lower Bridge,

Dillon Terrace, Humbert Street, Circular Road,

.Ardnaree, Plunkett Road, Wests Road, Ridgepool Road, Upper Bridge, Barrett Street, Water Lane,

Kevin Barry Street, Teeling Street, Pound Street, Circular Road, Humbert Street, Lower Bridge, Howley Street, Sligo Road, Bunree Road.

Details of available Car Parking for Ballina Salmon Festival Heritage Day 2018

Ballina Showgrounds off main N26 Dublin Road (FREE)
Ballina Stephenites off N26 Crossmolina Road (FREE)

St Muredach’s Cathedral Grounds (€)
Bachelor’s Walk Car Park (€)
Dunnes Stores Car Park (€)
Emmet St – behind Lionbridge (€)
Teeling Street – Diamond’s Car Park (€)

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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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

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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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

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

Book tickets

Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

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

Book tickets

Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

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

Book tickets

Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

The Moy Swim 2018

  • The Ham Bridge, Ballina
  • Sunday, July 8, 2pm sharp now moved to Thursday, July 12, 6pm sharp
  • Registration:
    • Swim Ireland non-members: €15 (w/ €1 booking)
    • Swim Ireland members: €5  (w/ €0.50 booking)
      • Swim Ireland members must produce their member card (digital copy is fine) showing their member number.
  • Online below (until 9am that day), or between 5 – 5:30pm on the day.
  • Ages 14+ (ID required)

One of the oldest river swims in Ireland, the Moy Swim started in Ballina back in the 1950’s and was held for many years. The original swim started at the famous salmon weirs and swimmers would dive in there and swim to St. Muredach’s College.

The current Ballina Salmon Festival chairman, Billy Lewis is a past winner of the Moy Swim, and we are proud to revive the swim as part of Ballina Salmon Festival 2018.

The late Liam Molloy was a stalwart in swimming in Ballina and organised many galas at the old Swimming Pool in Bunree. He ran the swim for many years and there were many great battles for first place. Swimmers like Barry McHale, Dickie Cooke, Donal McEllin and Tommy Gawley battled it out many times.

The original cup, known as ‘The Bishop’s Cup’ was presented to the Ballina Swimming Club by the late Bishop O’Boyle many years ago. Peter Lowry was the last winner and has held the trophy all these years. Our thanks to Peter for generously returning it for this year’s Moy Swim.

The swim will start at the Ham Bridge at the bottom of Ardnaree and will finish at the steps at Bachelors Walk with first, second and third prizes for men and women. We’re looking forward to big turnout and a great race.

Register for the Moy Swim