Ballina 2023 offers an opportunity to be creative, collaborative and confident, and to offer an unforgettable programme for Ballina residents, visitors, and our diaspora to enjoy. Our events team is working with the community to create a calendar of events that will span the twelve months of the year, offering everyone a chance to participate. From arts and culture, to community and youth, business and enterprise and sport, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
The volunteers of Ballina Community Clean Up group are working with communities across Ballina to plant one native broadleaf tree for each person in the town by the end of 2023. With a population of over 10,000, this is an ambitious project, which will leave a lasting legacy for the town. The group has already begun sourcing and planting trees for Plant A Tree for 2023. How can I get involved? If you would […]
Ballina 2023, in association with the Celtic FC Foundation and their partners Sport and Social Change Network Ireland, and Ballina Town FC will deliver a year long Community Based sports programme featuring: Year-round community football sessions: free access supervised sessions and coaching utilising local facilities in areas where young people gather – including multi use games areas. Year-round football-based coaching and education in schools: offering sports based activities at a primary school level and education […]
Ballina 2023, in partnership with Volunteer Ireland presents a Capacity Building Workshop, 'Managing Volunteers at Festivals and Events' with Stuart Garland, Learning and Capacity Building Manager at Volunteer Ireland on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 6pm in Telus International, Emmet St, Ballina. Volunteers play a key role in making events a success. They can fulfil a range of roles such as managing your social media, welcoming your guests, finding sponsors or capturing video footage of […]
Ballina 2023 are delighted to partner with Ballina Community Radio to present On The Road, an offsite broadcaster that will visit the people and places of Ballina and the surrounding regions throughout 2023. On the Road will broadcast weekly on BCRFM and online, as well as visiting Ballina it will visit the towns and villages in North Mayo and West Sligo throughout the year.
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 has […]
Renowned Mayo based artist Tom Meskill will work with Ballina 2023 to create a magical series of hand made light sculptures that will form an installation animating a unique location in Ballina. This event is supported by The Arts Council.
The GAA Clubs and communities of Ballina will welcome adult football teams, from Donegal, Meath, Tyrone, Dublin and Galway to participate in the re-ignited ‘Shannon Medals’ tournament providing a spectacular GAA competition. This event is kindly hosted by Ger Cafferky.
This Giant Tent will build on a very special project by children celebrating culture and identity that happened in Ballina 2018-2019 involving the Involve Youth Project and Scoil Íosa. For 2023, the project will be developed into a public event rooted in community and celebration. The multi-cultural event will celebrate Traveller culture in Ballina and the myriad of cultures and communities that call Ballina home. Dates to be announced This event is funded by […]
The Connacht Council of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann (CCE) has awarded the 2023 Connacht Fleadh to Ballina to coincide with the 300th centenary of the town. The Moy Valley and Bofield branches of Comhaltas have joined forces to stage the event which will be held from 23rd June to 2nd July. Around 2,000 competitors will compete in the Fleadh competitions in a bid to qualify for the All-Ireland Fleadh. In addition to the competitions, a […]
Ballina 2023, together with The Mary Robinson Centre, Mayo County Council and the University of Galway, will hold a week-long international sustainability assembly in July 2023, supported by a broad group of national and regional stakeholders. The programme will focus on the theme of sustainable development and enabling grassroots community climate action, exploring the international perspective and the local perspective in Ballina, connecting communities, practitioners, agencies and government with academics and researchers, through dialogue, deliberation, arts […]
River Moy Swim 2021, Credit James Wright Photography On July 8thth 2023, Ballina 2023 will shine a spotlight on the River Moy with a day long celebration of water centred activities and cultural events. The day will kick-off with the River Moy Swim, which aims to have 300 participants to mark Ballina’s 300th anniversary and will conclude with a very special performance along the banks of the River. Swim Ireland will open bookings for the […]
Macnas Parade Galway The internationally acclaimed spectacle and street theatre company Macnas' work is renowned for its unique hybrid of professional artists and volunteers collaborating on an event. Throughout 2023, the company will work with local community members to develop and deliver one of its renowned parades on the streets of Ballina. Workshops will begin Spring 2023. A Partnership with Ballina Salmon Festival and Ballina Chamber of Commerce. This event is supported […]