Manchester joins forces with the Ballina Salmon Festival in County Mayo

The Manchester Irish Festival website and the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group have once again joined forced with the annual 2015 Ballina Salmon Festival which runs from Wednesday 8 July to Sunday 12 July.

Lawrence Hennigan the marketing director of the Manchester Irish Festival website and one of the directors of Mayo Manchester said “We are delighted to continue to help promote and market this fantastic community festival through our website and social media network. Members of our group always go over to support the festival and we are indebted to the volunteers at the Salmon Festival office for their support for our Mayo Manchester Tradfest which runs from Friday 31 July until Wednesday 5 August.”

The Chair of the 2015 Ballina Salmon Festival, Paul Burke added “It is great to see Manchester continuing to support the festival and to continue to develop links with us in Ballina.”

The community based festival which has been running since 1964 attracts over 200,000 visitors to the North Mayo town which is Europe’s Salmon capital, bringing in millions of euro to the local economy, making it one of the biggest festivals in the West of Ireland.

The Festival is proud of its family orientated action packed programme that includes old favourites like the Lady of the Moy, Heritage Day, International Evening, Teddy Bears Picnic, Mardi Gras Parade and a Monster Firework Display, along with river based events like fishing competitions and raft races along the world famous River Moy. New events are introduced annually to keep the festival fresh and up-to-date with modern life expectations.

New Highlights this year include the return of the National Busking competition with a 1,000 Euro cash prize and Mayo’s Got Talent with a prize fund of 1,500 Euros plus a Ballina State Fair and Country Evening and a massive Rock the Square outdoor gig by one of Ireland’s top Rock bands – Keywest.
There are a number of pre-festival events taking place this year including the staging of the hit Mayo Musical – Beyond the Barricade, which returns to the Ballina Arts Centre after its sell out run on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 July.

For those people unable to come back home for the festival there will be live video streaming of all the major events online as they happen beamed all around the globe.

For more information about the Ballina Salmon Festival visit www.ballinasalmonfestival.ie
For information about the Manchester Irish Festival and Mayo Manchester visit
www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk and www.mayomanchester.com