The Crescent moon hung over Ballina to the south sinking between Venus and Jupiter both planets bleached out in the creeping light of a new dawn. In those magical minutes between darkness and daylight, the sky on this frosty late January morning was that deep blue that heralds a new dawn. Completing the serene scene, […]
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As we approach the centenary Armistice Day commemoration here in Ballina, I am glad to report by the strangest of coincidences that we can shine some light on the fate of one of those young men whose name is inscribed on the Great War Remembrance Monument at Green Park, Ballina.
The newly-opened Ballina and Killala sections of the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway, the 10km walking and cycling trail, partly follows the route of the old railway line that once linked the two north Mayo towns.
The making of fine whiskey is a craft as ancient as civilization itself. The skill and knowledge needed to distill something as common as barley and water into an elixir to be savoured by many, and truly appreciated by the connoisseur, is in many ways a magical process that owes as much the alchemy of […]
There was a most beautiful Moonset over Ballina this frosty, mid-winter morning, as the clear sky and the rising sun creeping above the horizon played their parts in creating a beautiful scene that could be viewed from many vantage points.
I took advantage of the lovely early June weather to travel the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway, the walking and cycling route that will link Ballina and Killala when it’s completed.
Ballina’s Salmon Weir Bridge looks splendid at night and especially in the days around St. Patrick’s Day when the footbridge over the River Moy is illuminated in green.
The first ever Remembrance Day ceremony at Ballina’s War Memorial at Green Park on the Killala Road took place on a wet and windy Sunday morning, November 8th, before a large and representative gathering of the local community.
Lying largely in ruins, the ancient Augustinian Abbey in Ballina has never attracted the same attention as the other abbeys of the Moy, at Rosserk, Moyne and Rathfran – all of which are mostly intact. Nonetheless, Ballina’s Abbey has an interesting story to tell – stretching all the way back to a golden age in our Celtic past.
Large crowds turned out at Ballina Quay on Sunday, June 14th, to enjoy an afternoon of Currach Rowing Races on the River Moy as part of the Coiste Lar na gCurrachai – All Ireland Currach Racing League.
The unveiling of The Great War Remembrance Monument in the Green Park, Ballina, took place on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. The monument was unveiled by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD before a large and representative gathering of local people, including public representatives, clergymen, relatives of some of those soldiers whose names are inscribed on the […]
A Ballina-born academic and writer whose book ‘A Brief History of the Future: The origins of the Internet’, features on many university reading lists, was honoured with an Alumni Achievement Award from University College Cork (UCC) on Friday, November 28th. Born in Ballina, Co Mayo, in 1946, John Naughton is a prominent media commentator and graduated […]
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has announced a €80 million capital investment by Hollister Incorporated in their facility in Ballina, Co. Mayo, that is being welcomed locally as a huge economic boost for the North Mayo capital. The announcement at Government Buildings was made following a meeting between the Taoiseach and Hollister’s global management team and is […]
The award-winning In Humbert Footsteps re-enactment of the French involvement in the 1798 Rebellion in Co Mayo will be staged on the streets of Ballina from June 25th-29th. The event, which is sure to be a big tourist attraction, is being organised by Ballina Chamber of Commerce. The 1798 Rebellion re-enactments in Kilcummin, Killala, Lahardane, […]
The 2013 Ballina GOAL Mile was held again at the Ballina Athletic Club grounds in Belleek Park on Christmas morning and raised over €2,365 to help the poor of the Third World. Over 300 people took part in this annual fundraiser for GOAL, the international humanitarian organisation that works with the poorest of the poor. […]
Ballina Athletic Club is celebrating the news that funding of €58,824 has been approved for the resurfacing of the existing running track. It is hoped that the funding boost is the first step along the road to the athletic track at Belleek Park becoming a regional centre for the West of Ireland. The funding was […]