Festivals and Events Ballina

 River Moy 1/2 Marathon - Saturday, May 16th 2015

Following the success of the 2014 River Moy 1/2 Marathon, we are delighted to announce the race will be taking place for the Sixth year on Saturday the 16th May 2015. Start time 10am.
Entries now open.
Number, Timing chip, Goody bag & Technical top collection: Friday 16th May from 7-9pm and Saturday 16th May 7-9am
Entry: €30
Register: http://www.rivermoymarathon.ie/register.php


The course starts and finishes at the Ballina Rugby Club, Creggs Rd, Ballina, Co.Mayo.
Celebrating its fifth year in existence, the Half marathon has a brilliant atmosphere as family members, friends and supporters will be able to see competitors throughout the course.

The half marathon route is relatively flat with a few challenging hills along the way. Most of the half marathon will be run on roads on either side of the banks of the River Moy. Just over one mile of the course will take participants through Belleek Woods. There is an excellent trail surface on this part of the scenic terrain, which is used daily by local runners and walkers in hail, rain or shine!

Directions
The River Moy Half Marathon Starts and Finishes at The Ballina Rugby Club, Creggs Road, Ballina.
The Rugby Club can be accessed from Ballina town through the Quay Village. Take the first turn right after Crockets on the Quay. Approaching Ballina from Co.Sligo on the N59, turn right at Creggs Cross onto Creggs Road.

Mayo International Choral Festival - Wed 20th - Sun 24th May 2015

 The Mayo International Choral Festival,the brainchild of Edward (Eamonn) Horkan, was inspired by a concert for the Mayo Memorial Peace Park whereby several choirs performed in unison in the Royal Theatre. Eamonn, a member of the Mayo Male Voice Choir, attended many choral festivals worldwide and with this experience set about organizing the festival.

The festival takes the form of several international male/female adult choirs travelling to Mayo in late May each year, to partake on a competitive and non-competitive basis. Their visit will include a number of evening and daily performances county-wide, tours of Mayo and a gala concert in the Royal Theatre on Saturday night. The theme of the festival is to allow choirs to meet with other choirs, relax and enjoy a great weekend in the beautiful West of Ireland.
 
The festival has the support of the Lions Clubs and local Mayo choral groups in the different towns, to coordinate concerts by the visiting choirs in each of the towns, and to act as hosts for the visiting choirs.
The festival is funded by South West Mayo Development Company, under the Rural Development Programme  2007-2013, and the Irish Government National Development Plan, 2007-2013, Failte Ireland and also has the support of numerous other sponsors. For further information; http://www.mayochoral.com/


Ballina Agriculture Show - Sunday 12th July 2015

Full Agricultural show in the middle of July, with a grand prize of €5,000.

The festival usually coincides with the Ballina Salmon Festival, Showing classes in cattle, horses, ponies, sheep, goats, donkeys, dogs, cookery, photography, flowers, horticulture, crafts, junior section and poultry. Entertainment for all the family throuhgout the day including music. Ballina Agricultural & Horse Show is now the second largest in Ireland.
Further Information: BrendanFlynn (Chairman) on: 087 776 0027
Ann marie Corcoran (Secretary) on: 085 1079501
Trish Dodd (Jumping Secretary) on:087 913 3439

Ballina Salmon Festival  8th - 12th July 2015

One of Ireland’s leading festivals that combines a schedule that caters for families, young adults and those that can remember yester-year. Activities include Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Triathlon, It’s a Knock Out, Live Music Gigs, Traditional Music, Heritage Day, Krazy Cart Challenge, Salmon Fishing for Kids, Talent Competition and much much more, The Festival culimates with a fantastic Fireworks display. http://www.ballinasalmonfestival.ie/
 
Ballina Arts Centre

The Centre is a multi-purpose arts venue that includes a 240 seater theatre, dance studio, rehearsal rooms and exhibition area. The Centre is located in the town centre over looking the weirs on the famous River Moy. It has a full schedule of events including literature, theatre, film and music. A programme of events is available on http://www.ballinaartscentre.com

Halloween Festival – Samhain Abhainn 24th-31st October 2015

An action packed event for all the family including 'Interactive' Scary Woods Walk, an event not for the faint hearted, in fact it was reported that some of the kiddies had to console their Mums and Dads, it was so scary..even for adults!

All that, as well as graveyard walking tours of Leigue Cemetery, children’s art & music workshop’s, a showcase of Halloween traditions for all the family, Kids Halloween fancy dress disco and adults fancy dress ball!!! If you have no plans made as yet for this Autumn and Halloween midterm break, keep the 27th - 31st October FREE and visit Ballina.

About the Festival..

The aim of the festival is to celebrate the unique Irish historical context of Halloween. First celebrated as a pagan festival back in 100AD, the Celts marked the season of Halloween or ‘Samhain’, an old Irish word meaning the ‘end of Summer’. Fast-forward 2000 years and Ballina is building on Irish history in celebrating the first ever Samhain Abhainn – a summers end festival.

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