See the past come alive at the Ballina Salmon Festival’s Heritage Day. The streets of the town are transformed into by-gone days when Ballina hosts the largest gathering of craftsmen and
women who practice the time-honoured traditional skills and crafts of Ireland. From the spinners
and weavers who produced by hand our Irish wool and flax, to the hand knits Ireland is famous for,
see it come to life.
This year we are delighted to welcome Capt. Johnny Dicker
Watch how boats are made by hand and meet some of the fishermen who use them at sea
and on our River Moy and lakes and observe the skills used in spinning, fly fishing, knots used at sea,
tying flies and lures and the art of telling tall tales of the ones that got away!
Many thanks to the
Mayo Shore Angling Club who are sponsoring a cup for the heaviest salmon caught on the Ridge Pool
Get a chance to see straw craft before the art disappears, find out how to make hemp ropes,
baskets, rush-craft, pottery, spoon-carving and even bread cooked on an open fire and fresh churned
Kids have a special area at Walshe Street near the Jackie Clarke Museum with games, crafts and entertainment for and by kids. There are also special crafts for kids around the Market Square and on Garden Street with a chance to make a skipping rope, a willow fish or a rustic face along with other arts and crafts.
Enjoy a wide variety of sweet and savoury foods while enjoying the performances by many generations of traditional musicians on the streets and on four stages.
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