Step Back in Time on National Heritage Day

Ballina Salmon Festival now in its 58th year is the longest running community festival in Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way, returning10th-16th July 2022.
One of the cornerstones of the festival, and an original concept, National Heritage Day at Ballina Salmon Festival was developed by the festival committee 30 years ago and attracts up to 50,00 people into Ballina every year. This year’s Heritage Day is scheduled for Wednesday 13th July.
On this very special day feast your senses on the sights, sounds and sensations of a market day 100 years, as the past come to life and the four streets of the town is transformed.

Step back in time on National Heritage Day
Irelands best craftsmen and women demonstrate their time-honoured traditional skills. Basket making, thatching, turf cutting, cooperage, spinning, thatching, glass blowing, and weaving are exhibited on the streets of the town. Watch a blacksmith at work. Wander the streets, soak up the atmosphere as locals and exhibitors dress up in their Sunday best heritage attire.
With five stages placed on the four streets of the town, traditional music bellows out featuring local and visiting trad musicians, Sean Nos and Irish dancers, ceili groups and strawboys raise the roof and entertain, enjoyed by visitors and locals. This is a day for family and friends’ reunions to meet on the streets. Young and old are involved, creating time honored memories of Ireland of old, a step back in time, a snippet of history!

The Garda Band Returns by Popular Demand!

In 2019, the performance of the Garda Band made international headlines when they were joined on stage by Ballina natives Garda Patrick Lacken and Garda Alan McGinty. 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 – its an immersive experience! Everyone is encouraged to dress up and participate in the exhibition of living history. Hire a costume from Ballina Costume Company – call 096 72154.

Trade at National Heritage Day
This organiser’s of this year’s National Heritage Day have refocused the theme of heritage and are putting great effort into creating an authentic Heritage Day experience for visitors, locals and participants to enjoy and immerse themselves in.

The four main streets of the town will be closed off as usual but will have a strict heritage concentration. Participants and those vendors on the streets will be restricted to heritage themed activities and experiences for patrons to participate in, as they wander the streets, soak up the atmosphere, listen to traditional music and learn about many ancient crafts passed down from generations.

The commercial vendors, however, have not been forgotten in the revived Heritage Day plans, and the organisers have facilitated those vendors by creating a specific area between Pearse St and Tesco Car Park, also earmarked as a dedicated food court.

With ample signage situated around the four corners of the town directing patrons to the designated area, as well as additional advertising of the ‘Food and Market Pavilion’, we believe both entities will compliment each other in creating a National Heritage Day to remember, creating an evocative trip back in time on a scale you won’t find anywhere else, outside of Ballina.

We would also encourage vendors to dress up for the day that’s in it to create an enjoyable experience for visitors to the town on National Heritage Day.
Request an application by Emailing
Or Heritage Day Application
If selling Food please complete these forms HSE-Food-Stand-Questionnaire 2022 and HSE-West-foodstall-guidelines 2022

All Enquiries please contact Ballina Tourist Office at 00353 96 72800


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