Past and present Ladies of the Moy invited to a special reunion 

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Ballina Salmon Festival, a special reunion is being organized for all past and present winners of the esteemed Lady of the Moy title. This gathering aims to commemorate the legacy and elegance of the competition over the past six decades.

Scheduled for June 28, this nostalgic event invites all the remarkable women who have ever graced the winner’s podium to reminisce about their moments of triumph. It’s a chance for them to reconnect, share memories, and revel in the enduring spirit of the Lady of the Moy tradition.

For those beloved Ladies of the Moy who have departed this world, their families are warmly welcomed to send a representative to honor their cherished role in the competition’s history.

Organizers of the event encourage former Lady of the Moy winners and local businesses interested in sponsoring a candidate for this year’s competition to reach out via email at theladyofthemoy@gmail.com

Notably, the current reigning Lady of the Moy is Lyndsay Golden, who captivated hearts and minds in last year’s competition representing the Center Stage Vocal Academy.

Ballina Arts Centre hosted Ballina Salmon Festival’s Lady of the Moy on Friday night with Lyndsay Golden representing Centre Stage Vocal Academy crowned as the overall winner. Picture: John O’Grady.

What makes the Lady of the Moy different to other competitions around the country?

It must be stressed this is not a beauty pageant! The Lady of the Moy is an iconic title steeped in tradition and prestige within the Ballina community, particularly as part of the renowned Ballina Salmon Festival. This annual competition serves as a prelude to the festival, igniting excitement and anticipation among locals and visitors alike.

Held in esteemed venues over the years such as the Downhill House Hotel, the Great National Hotel Ballina and recently the Ballina Arts Centre, the Lady of the Moy competition is an occasion filled with glitz and glamour, showcasing the grace and elegance of local women. Contestants, representing various businesses or organizations, vie for the honor of being crowned the Lady of the Moy.

The winner of this prestigious title not only receives recognition for her poise and charm but also assumes a significant role as an ambassador for Ballina Salmon Festival. Throughout festival week and beyond, she represents the spirit and vibrancy of the town, embodying its values and traditions.

Beyond her ceremonial duties, the Lady of the Moy plays an active role in promoting community engagement and goodwill. She participates in various events and engagements, serving as a symbol of pride and unity for the residents of Ballina.

Additionally, the Lady of the Moy often represents Ballina Salmon Festival in other regional competitions, such as the Mayo Rose competition, further extending her reach as an ambassador for the town.

Overall, the Lady of the Moy is not just a title; she is a cherished emblem of Ballina’s heritage and vitality, revered by all who call this vibrant community home.

The organizers of the Lady of the Moy event extend a warm invitation to former winners of the title and local businesses who wish to support this cherished tradition. If you’re interested in sponsoring a candidate for this year’s competition or reconnecting with fellow Lady of the Moy recipients, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email at theladyofthemoy@gmail.com. Your involvement is vital in ensuring the continued success and legacy of this esteemed event.

You can also contact Ballina Tourist Office & Ballina Salmon festival Office at 096 72800.

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