Minister launches Countdown to Tradfest

Government Minister kicks starts Tradfest countdown in Ballina 

The newly appointed Minister for Regional Development, Michael Ring TD has just kick started the countdown to the forthcoming week long Mayo Manchester Tradfest in Ballina which begins on Friday 29 July. He is pictured here holding the festivals top ten key events with Cllr John OHara, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Dara Calleary td, Peter Hynes Mayo County Council Manager, the newly appointed Ballina District manager, Marie Crowley, Cllr Neil Cruise.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester "We were delighted that the Minister could help us start the countdown to what promises to be a fantastic celebration of Irish music, song and dance. We have been working with Michael since 2012 when as The Tourism Minister he launched the Year of the Gathering in Manchester. It is great to have his support and that of the other politicians in Mayo and the council behind the Tourism initiative. Mayo and Manchester have a world wide reputation for Irish Music, Song and Dance and it is great to have a festival which celebrates that legacy. "

With over 70 events in and around Ballina featuring over 500 performers the festival of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance is set to attract over 50 ,000 visitor

s.to North Mayo.

The Top ten official events are as follows:

1. Friday 29 July,
VIP Mayo Manchester launch party and 2 hour live Radio broadcast by Midwest Radio in Bar Square on Garden St, Ballina.
6pm-8pm, Adm free 

2. Saturday 30 July
Mayo Manchester Gala Concert
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert at Ballina Arts Centre
Performers from Mayo include: The award winning musicians Tom Doherty and David Doocey with the CCE Admiral Brown group from Foxford, The Murphy Sisters, Irish dancers The Ganley Sisters, musicians, singers and dancers from Atlantic Rhythm Production Company, The Heroes for Hospice group and acoustic singer songwriter and Brian Duffy.
Performers from Manchester include: The Keegan Academy of Irish Dance who are trained by Lord of the Dance star, James Keegan and his sister Louise plus The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band.
Tickets are available from the Ballina Arts Centre and are 15 Euros Doors 7.30pm
Tel 0967 3593
3. Sunday 31 July
CCE Admiral Brown Seisun with Mayo Manchester in Cruisers Bar, Foxford
2pm-4pm, Free Admission
4. Sunday 31 July
Attymass Gathering closing concert and BBQ with Mayo Manchester
Sionnach Rua Pub in Bunnifinglas, Attymass (on Church Road from Ballina)
Concert features a host of Irish Musicians, Singers and Dancers from Attymass and Mayo Manchester
7.30pm-10pm, Free Admission
5. Monday 1 August
Mayo Manchester - A Taste of Mayo Manchester - Business and Tourism Event at Bonniconlon Show
Features The Reel Deel Brewery, Connacht Whiskey Company, Cakes by Hollie, Mayo North, Enniscoe House, Ballina Chamber, Atlantic Rhythm Production Company, Keegan Academy, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Excel Excavations
12 noon - 2pm
6. Monday 1 August
Mayo Manchester Tradfest performance on Stage 2 at Bonniconlon show, with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus guests
2pm-3pm
7. Monday 1 August
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Street performance at Kilkelly Heritage Day, with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus performers from Kilkelly
7pm-9pm, Free Admission
8. Tuesday 2 August
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Performance at Siamsa Sraide Street Festival in Swinford with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus guests, followed by the Copperplate Ceili Band.
2.30-3.30, Free Admission
9. Tuesday 2 August
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Performance at JP Leonards in Lahardane with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus guests
7pm, free admission
10. Wednesday 3 August
Country Cottage Concert with Mayo Manchester (with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance) and Irish dancers, musicians and singers from Atlantic Rhythm Production Company. Plus open seisun.
Enniscoe House, just outside Crossmolina village, Tel: 0879364504 for tickets

For the full list of 70 events taking place in the festival visitwww.mayomanchester.com