Ballina Mayor Cllr Johnny O’Malley hosted a civic welcome luncheon to honour a delegation from Leeds Irish Health and Homes on Wednesday.
The Leeds Irish Health and Homes group, which included many natives of County Mayo, are currently visiting Ballina and enjoying a holiday calling on relatives and friends.
The close ties between Ballina and Leeds are due to the large number of North Mayo natives who emigraeted to the Yorkshire capital in the 1950s and 1960s.
Ballina and Leeds were twinned a number of years ago and it is hoped it develop the civic ties further over the coming years.
Pictured above: Ballina Town Council Mayor Cllr Johnnie O’Malley and Director of Services, Paddy Mahon, pictured with members of the visiting Leeds Health and Home delegation at a special reception hosted by the council. Each member of the Leeds delegated has Mayo connections, are Anne Gallagher (Charlestown and Ballina), Noel Keaney (Straide and Ballina), Anne Hanrahan (Ballyhaunis), Kevin O’Connor (Knockmore, Kilmovee and Ballina), and Barbara Cavell (Cooneal). Photo: Henry Wills