Balllina Salmon Festival sets new records

Balllina Salmon Festival sets new records Balllina Salmon Festival sets new recordsBalllina Salmon Festival sets new recordsBalllina Salmon Festival sets new records

Balllina Salmon Festival sets new records

This years annual 2012 Ballina Salmon Festival has been heralded by its organisers and tourism chiefs as a major success.

The week long family orientated Festival which started in 1964 once again attracted over 100,000 visitors, to the town which is situated on the banks of the famous River Moy. The area on the West Coast of Ireland in County Mayo is the official Salmon Capital of Ireland and a record 5,000 Wild Salmon have already been caught this season, with 800 being caught during the festival week alone. The fun packed week generated an estimated 2 million Euros for the local economy.

Visitors to the town enjoyed an action packed free festival which is now billed as the biggest family friendly festival in the West of Ireland. Visitors from across the globe were attracted to the event. Tony Hennigan from the Manchester - Mayo Tourism and Business group was just one of the visitors to the celebration he remarked "I always try and come back to Mayo for the festival and help them promote the event. It is great to see it doing so well, next year promises to be very special event and is bound to be one of Mayo's highlights for 'The Gathering Project.'"

Elizabeth Culkin the chair of this years festival said "It has been a very successful festival enjoyed and supported by the local community and the thousands of visitors to our town. A sincere thank you must be given to our sponsors, stewards, volunteers and staff for making it happen. Go raith mile agait a chairde"
For more information about the festival and how to get involved in next years festival vist
www.ballinasalmonfestival.ie

more pictures here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14230444@N07/sets/72157630592058740/