Manchester teams up with Mayo’s Ballina Festival in County Mayo

Manchester teams up with Mayo’s Ballina Festival in County Mayo Manchester teams up with Mayo’s Ballina Festival in County MayoManchester teams up with Mayo’s Ballina Festival in County Mayo

Manchester teams up with Mayo’s Ballina Festival

The Manchester Irish Festival has once again teamed up with the Ballina Salmon Festival to help promote its annual celebration which starts on Friday 7th July and runs until Saturday 15th July. The co-promotion is part of Manchester’s push to develop links between both areas and is part of the Manchester-Mayo Tourism and Business group initiative.

Tony Hennigan who last year was presented with the international press award from the festival and has this year been nominated for the Mayo Diaspora award said “We are delighted to help promote this family friendly festival which takes place around the banks of the world famous River Moy in Ballina which is known as the Salmon capital of Ireland. Our family have a cottage just outside Ballina in Attymass and we always look forward to attending the week-long celebration. Next year we are planning to run a special festival for The Gathering Tourism campaign which is being billed as the Manchester-Mayo Gathering. We want to try and bring more tourists to the region and would love to talk to anyone who would like to get involved in the project.”

Anyone who would like to get involved in the Manchester-Mayo Gathering project can email Tony at

Ballina Salmon Festival 2012 promises a week of fantastic entertainment for young and old alike, whether you are in the locality or are planning a break by the infamous River Moy. For those who love the thrill of heights and death defying drops you will find McFadden’s Funfair in its new location in Stephenites Show Grounds for the duration of the Festival from July 7th, and don’t worry if thrilling rides aren’t your thing... there is something for everyone at McFadden’s.

For Motor Enthusiasts on Sunday we have an afternoon of memorabilia in the Custom & Classic Bike Show & Honda Step Thru from vintage vehicles to the much revered Honda 50. Don’t miss this extravaganza which always draws a crowd.

The Lady of the Moy is to be hosted by the Downhill Hotel on Sunday 8th at 8pm. A hint of nostalgia will be attached as this year the 21st Lady of the Moy will be crowned.

Monday the 9th kicks off Mayo’s Got Talent in Hotel Ballina at 9pm. Going on the standard of recent years we can expect to be highly entertained as Mayo’s best talents battle it out for the coveted prize of €1,000 kindly sponsored by Brennan’s Lane Bar & Restaurant.

Pearse Street is the place to be on Tuesday evening the 10th of July from 8 till late as the Ballina Salmon Festival Rag Nite sponsored by Bartra Bar & Restaurant promises to bring the streets alive with a parade jam packed with outrageous floats, costumes and much more. Music on the night by the popular band Stumblin Bloc.

Ballina Salmon Festival’s central event, Heritage Day returns on Wednesday the 11th July to bring us back in time in every sense with an array of food, music and craft. Being the Festival’s biggest and most successful event, there is something for everyone and is one of the biggest running heritage days in the country.

It’s a Knockout kicks off the second half of the fun filled week on Thursday 12th July. This event promises to be backed with fun challenges and a great day’s craic for all involved. Enter a team of five to compete against the clock and each other for an array of prizes, kindly sponsored by Tesco and Paddy Jordan’s Bar & Restaurant.

A must for all Auto amateurs and adventure junkies is the Supermacs sponsored Krazy Kart race on O’Rahilly Street Friday the 13th July with points going for speed, creativity and showmanship, we are in for quite a ride, so fasten your seat belts!

Saturday 14th July is the event we have all been waiting for. The spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Ballina Beverages will be the grand finale to a night full of entertainment. Come along and see Gerry Guthrie and the Underground Saints bring the town to life with music.

There are many other events all week long like the Honda Step Thru, Teddy Bears Picnic and Krazy Football, not to mention the full weeks’ line up of children’s events from Circus Workshops to Science Day plus much more.

Without the generosity of all our sponsors, contributors and the Department of Social Protection, we would not be in the position to create such a highly successful festival. We would like to thank you for your continued support as a community and we would appeal to you all to come out and enjoy the events.

For all information contact the BSF Office on 003539679814 and as always, if you are over 18 and would like to get involved and contribute to the event of the Summer, contact the Festival Office to volunteer.