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
DATE & TIME
ROADS TO BE CLOSED
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.
CONCERT AT THE POST OFFICE
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.
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.
Kevin Barry Street, Teeling St, pound St, Circular Road, Humbert St, Dillon Terrace, Lower bridge, Cathedral Rd
MARDI GRAS & FIREWORKS
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.
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.
The Lady of the Moy competition has been a feature of Ballina Salmon Festival for many years now. 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! Our 2017 Lady of the Moy, Thérese Ní Láimhín shares her account of her year here.
“My experience as Lady of the Moy 2017 has been thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding.
The week of the Ballina Salmon Festival was definitely my favourite week of the summer. Being chosen as Lady of the Moy was an exciting accolade and wonderful privilege.
I really enjoyed dressing up for Heritage Day and fair play chaperone and festival Chairman Billy Lewis who also suited up for the fun-packed day, thanks to the Ballina Costume Company. A special thanks as well to all of those who dressed up and added great colour to this memorable day. I got the chance to do interviews for Mid West Radio and Sky TV and they were great fun.
The Night at the Proms was an occasion to be remembered with so many talented people from Ballina performing in the Great National Hotel.
Being involved in children’s events such as ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ and having a boogie at the ‘Over 55’s Tea Party’ gave me the opportunity to meet with people from the community and to enjoy a chat and a laugh with them. I also had the privilege to sing and play on stage at the ‘Irish Traditional Night’.
On the final evening of the week-long Festival I had the special honour of leading the magnificent Mardi Gras Parade through the town of Ballina.
Later in the year, I took part in a fashion event raising awareness and money for the ‘Adi Roche Foundation’ which helps children who are still suffering from the disaster that occurred in Chernobyl. I also visited local nursing homes in Ballina and enjoyed meeting with the residents and staff and having a sing along with them.
I have learned and experienced so much by being part of the Ballina Salmon Festival as Lady of the Moy. I would like to thank Gerry and Siobhan Moran at the Station House Hotel team for entering me as the hotel’s representative. A big thanks to Martha and her team at Allure Hairdressing, Ballina for all the beautiful hair styles during this eventful week. I will be forever grateful to Mary Moyles of the Broken Jug Ballina and the hard-working team involved in the organisation of the Ballina Salmon Festival.”
Be right on cue to learn all about snooker and brush up on your potting skills with snookery instructors on hand at Century Snooker Club. Ballina. With six championship snooker tables, what better place to learn about snooker and get some practice in?
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
Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.
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.
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
Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.
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.