In legend, the Salmon of Knowledge was a main feature of Irish folklore and heritage, an immortal creature of lore it was said to bestow wisdom on any who was fortunate enough to catch and eat it. This week legend and tradition not forgetting family fun and entertainment is to be found in the salmon capital of Ireland itself, Ballina on the banks of the river Moy in scenic Co. Mayo, currently running its renowned Ballina Salmon Festival. Named in honour of Ballinas reputation for salmon fishing, this action packed and family friendly festival is one of the biggest summer events in the west of Ireland and rightly so.
Action packed, this well established festival has a rich varied programme of fun and family activities (not confined to fishing) that mixes current trends with a nod to our heritage and traditions. Catering for every age group and taste, such varied events in the week long show include a heritage day, flower show, tug of war, motorbike show, family treasure hunts, an agricultural and horse show, Irish dancing and a range of live music gigs and a whole lot more. New events added annually ensure the festivals programme is up-to-date with social trends run alongside old favourites such as Lady of the Moy, Krazy Kart, It’s a Knockout, Heritage Day, Mardi Rag & Firework Display.
Whilst not bestowing one with wisdom, the Ballina Salmon Festival will however below one with a memorable few days of fun and entertainment for all ages and tastes.