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The joys of spring

We miss so much that past generations loved – the walk along a quiet country road or boreen. Following the green line as I like to call it – that mossy band of worn grass flecked with cheerful daisies unfolding down the centre of the quiet byway inviting the walker to stroll further into the […]

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Story behind Ballina to Killala railway

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.

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Distilling a dream in Ballina

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 […]

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Walking the Ballina to Killala Greenway

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.

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Ballina’s Salmon Weir Bridge under god of light and sky

Ballina’s Salmon Weir Bridge looks splendid at night and especially on the days around St. Patrick’s Day when the footbridge over the River Moy is illuminated in green.

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A visit to the Jackie Clarke Collection

It’s always a great pleasure to visit the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina and browse the rare and valuable artefacts, including books, maps, newspapers, and other historical memorabilia, which is a treasure trove of Irish history, stretching back over 400 years.

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Currach Races at Ballina Quay Regatta

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.

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Monasteries of the Moy trail moves closer

Work continues on the Monasteries of the Moy – a 14km off-road walking and cycling greenway between Ballina and Killala. Work on the Ballina section of the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway at Belleek Wood, towards Knockatinole, has already been completed. The Killala section of the route has also been completed. And Leader funding of €346,472 for the […]