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, […]
Just as the flowering daffodils signal the end of winter, the carpets of Bluebells that decorate Ballina’s Belleek Wood in late April and early May are a sure sign that summer is on its way.
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.
‘Fog’s rollin’ off the East River Bank‘ – the opening line of Bleecker Street, the lovely Paul Simon song – came to mind as I witnessed a rolling bank of fog smother the River Moy and suddenly change the entire appearance of a sunny, frosty morning that moments earlier had illuminated the woodland with streams of […]
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.
It’s always a great pleasure to visit the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina and browse the rare and valuable artifacts, including books, maps, newspapers, and other historical memorabilia, that is a treasure trove of Irish history, stretching back over 400 years.
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.
One of my great pleasures when walking in Belleek Wood is seeing the red squirrels at play – just one of the many attractions of the recreational forest park that has brought pleasure to generations of Ballina people.
Rosserk Friary near Ballina is a link to a time when Ireland was known as the Island of Saints and Scholars.
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 […]
Tobar Mhuire, St. Mary’s Holy Well, near Rosserk Abbey, Ballina, is one of the most unique holy wells in Ireland.
A Bonniconlon-born nurse was among the award winners at the Irish Heart Foundation’s 5th Annual Stroke Awards, supported by the German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. Now retired, Anna Mai Maloney (60), worked as a nurse for many years in Galway and her incredible dedication to her patients was the key instigation in the set up […]
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 […]