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Ballina ‘One Act’ Drama Festival – 1st-3rd November 2019 Drama on stage in Ballina

Ballina has a long history of drama and theatre, and the welcome return of the fifth annual Ballina One Act Drama Festival from Friday November 1st to Sunday November 3rd in the beautiful Ballina Arts Centre will be one of the highlights of the year.

A one-act play is a play that has only one act, as distinct from plays that occur over several acts. One-act plays may consist of one or more scenes. This niche festival has really grown in popularity since its inception by Eugene Loftus in 2015 with most nights selling out, and together with his committee Eugene looks forward to extending a warm Ballina welcome to new and returning patrons. With three plays nightly, audiences at Ballina Arts Centre can look forward to variety and fine hospitality in the comfort of this modern 220-seater theatre where director Sean Walsh and his team work side by side with the festival crew to ensure a seamless event.

Ballina Comedy Club – John Colleary

Writer and comedian John Colleary will leave you in stitches in Ballina Arts Centre on  Friday 27th September 2019 at 8pm.
Apart from being one of the most in-demand comics around, John Colleary has co-written and starred in IFTA nominated shows, The Savage Eye and Irish Pictorial Weekly. A talented actor and mimic, John recently featured as one-third of The Gusset Brothers on The Tommy Tiernan Show.

Colleary has also scooped a PPI award for his topical sketch writing and performance on TODAY FMs drivetime flagship, The Last Word. A regular at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Vodafone Comedy Carnival and The Electric Picnic to name a few.
John can now add Ballina Comedy Club to this long line with what is to be an hilarious start to the winter comedy programme for all!
“It’d make you sick how talented he is” – Joe Rooney
Tickets: €14/12

St Patrick Day Parade’s in Mayo

Experience the rich culture of Ireland at a series of free events to celebrate St Patrick.  Come to the place of ancient history, where Patrick’s sacred mountain lies and celebrate our Patron Saint.

Ballina Town’s parade takes place this year on Sunday, March 17th from 4:30pm, a mid afternoon start that means that there’s time to take in several of the great parades around North Mayo, if one wishes!

The parade will commence on Mercy Road proceeding from Convent Hill through town,  and will be followed by a super fireworks extravaganza from 7pm at the Salmon Weir Bridge, funded by the local businesses.

Cheer on the energetic procession featuring Ballina’s gifted music and dance groups, talented juvenile sporting clubs, and plethora of  clubs and groups in Ballina. St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great opportunity to applaud all that makes Ballina a great place to live.

Santa’s Grotto Ballina 2018

Visit Santa & Mrs Claus in Ballina’s very own Christmas Grotto, take your photos and receive a gift.

€5 per child including gift – held at the Ballina Military Quarter

November 25th 5pm to 8pm

December 2nd 2pm to 4pm

8th & 9th 2pm to 6pm

15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd 3pm to 6pm

Santa’s Grotto – Ballina Town 25th November

Join us for a fun filled day as we welcome Santa & Mrs Clause to Ballina at 2pm then celebrate the switching on of the Ballina Christmas Lights at 4.45pm

Held at the Jackie Clarke collection in Ballina Town from 2pm to 5pm

Followed by a Christmas Parade to the Old Military Quarter where Santa will set up residency in his Grotto for December.

Call us on 096 21033 for more information

Mayo Pink Ribbon Golf Classic – 26th & 27th April

Ballina Golf Club are hosting this prestigious event, firmly established as one of the top Golf Classics in the Country.  Also incorporating the Mayo Open Amateur Singles championship with a massive array of prizes valued at up to €4,000….

Just €160 per team of 4 or €40 per individual

Contact 096 21050 – Ballina Golf Club for more information

Foraging tours in North Mayo – July 16th – 21st 2019

Get to really know the wildlife that lives on our Wild Atlantic Way coastline here in North Mayo by taking a foraging trip with Denis from Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours. Denis is a Fáilte Ireland approved guide, with a BA Hons in Heritage Studies and his foraging tours in North Mayo will run throughout the summer months.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Killala Bay with a guided walk and forage of the coastline. Denis will take you over the vast strand to the isolated Bartra Island, walking through the crystal clear streams with tiny fish and shrimp darting for cover, keeping an eye out for sleeping seals or noisy herons among other wildlife.

June is a great time to reconnect with nature, and no better place than Killala Bay. Forage for cockles and mussels (recipes supplied) while learning a little about the local environment, history and archaeology. Wellies essential – but can be provided.