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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 in the days around St. Patrick’s Day when the footbridge over the River Moy is illuminated in green.

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Morning magic in Belleek Wood

‘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 […]

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Remembrance Sunday in Ballina

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.

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Story behind Augustinian Abbey in Ballina

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.

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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 artifacts, including books, maps, newspapers, and other historical memorabilia, that 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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Belleek Wood – Mayo’s best forest park

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.

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Rosserk Friary recalls Island of Saints and Scholars

Rosserk Friary near Ballina is a link to a time when Ireland was known as the Island of Saints and  Scholars.

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Ballina memorial to World War 1 dead

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 […]