2023: A year of celebration
A year-long programme of events
Ballina 2023 will mark 300 years since the formal establishment of the town by Lord Tyrawley in 1723. A programme of events throughout the year will offer a chance for the community and our diaspora to celebrate, to connect and to make memories together that will last a lifetime.
Events include Mayo Day 2023, the Mayo.ie Western People Women’s Mini-Marathon, the Connacht Fleadh and Festival, ‘Communities Creating Change’, an international assembly on sustainability in partnership with the Mary Robinson Centre, a spectacular Macnas Community Parade, live music performances, arts, cultural and sports events and lots more.
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2023: A year of celebration
Honouring the past, celebrating the present, inspiring hope for the future
In 2023, Ballina will mark 300 years since its formal establishment.
This tercentenary offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the people of the town to create and participate in an exciting, inclusive year-long programme of events that will leave a solid, meaningful legacy for the future.
Ballina 2023 will honour the past, celebrate the present and inspire hope for the future
From spectacular signature events, to neighbourhood street parties, it will be a time to connect, to celebrate and create a bright new future.
Coming up next
As part of our RISE Legacy Programme, Ballina 2023 is delighted to invite members of the Ballina and North Mayo communities to participate in a Capacity Building Workshop: “Accessing Arts Council Festival Funding” with Karl Wallace, Head of Festivals at the Arts Council of Ireland. Date: Thursday March 23, 2023 Time: 2pm Venue: Online (register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link). About this eventKarl Wallace, Head of Festivals with the Arts Council will provide an information session [...]
The revived Shannon Medals GAA Tournament, first played in 1960, will welcome GAA football teams from Mayo, Donegal, Tyrone and Roscommon for a one-day football blitz Saturday, March 25 is a day for GAA fans far and near not to miss, as Ballina’s legendary Shannon Medals Football Tournament is revived after a three-decade absence as part of the Ballina 2023 celebrations. In a unique collaboration, Ballina Stephenites and Knockmore GAA will welcome visiting teams from [...]
The Ballina Branch of the Soroptimists invites you to their annual Springtime Lunch! Date: April 1, 2023 Time: 3pm Venue: Kennedy Glasgow House, The Quay, Ballina, F26 RH58 Tickets: €50 A fabulous afternoon of entertainment is in store, with proceeds in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice and the Turkey/Syria Earthquake fund. Special guests on the day: Buck Taylor and Keith McDonald. Tickets include a complimentary cocktail, and are available from Marian (087 7985986). Lorraine (087 2198024) [...]
Date: Saturday, April 15 Time: TBC Location: The Quay, Ballina Ballina Rowing Club was founded during the Covid-19 pandemic, and has developed quickly in that time. As well as purchasing new equipment, including its brand new 65-foot eight-seater boat with coxswain, the club is working on plans to install a new floating dock at the Quay, making access to the river easier and safer. On Saturday, April 15 Ballina Rowing Club will be formally launched. Event plans [...]
Join us for an empowering evening celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and experience the uplifting sounds of Glória LGBT+ Choir and Rejoice Gospel Choir as they perform their inspiring music. Location: Ballina Arts Centre Time: 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm) Ticket: €20 (early booking advised) Don't miss out on this incredible night! Get your tickets today HERE and let's come together as a community for a night of love, acceptance, and unity. Book tickets now
A Partnership with Inland Fisheries Ireland The Moy Fishery is probably one of the most productive salmon fisheries in western Europe, where historical catches of over 5,000 salmon have been recorded in a single season. Its entire length, of just over 2½ km, is located within the Ballina town boundaries. Originally thought to have been built in the 16th Century, the Ballina Salmon Weir is situated on the lower end of the River Moy and [...]
BE PART OF IT!
Join our Volunteer Programme
Ballina 2023 has a Volunteer Programme in place in partnership with Mayo Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Ireland.
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer across the year, from stewarding at events like the Mayo.ie Western People Mini-Marathon, Mayo Day, the Connacht Fleadh, or the Macnas Parade. Training and event briefings will be provided.
There are also opportunities to assist with marketing, PR, communications, podcasting, content creation and graphic design.
Be part of it!
Join us and help shape our year of celebration
Ballina 2023 will be for, of and by the community. Everyone will have an opportunity to participate, to contribute to and participate in our year of celebrations.
Community Events Fund
Ballina 2023 Community Events Fund is now open!
Are you a member of a community or voluntary organisation group that would like to put on a new event for Ballina 2023?
Our Community Events Fund is now open for applications!
Community Events Fund
Community Events Fund now open!
Are you a member of community or voluntary group that would like to put on an event for Ballina 2023?
Round 1 of our Community Events Fund is now open for applications!
Ballina ready to welcome President Biden for Ballina 2023 celebrations
Shannon Medals GAA Tournament – Saturday March 25
Plant a Tree for 2023 in full swing