Uncertainty over future of Ballina Salmon Festival

‘Event may have to be shelved unless more people volunteer to help with activities.’

Sligo News File Online.

Is it the end of the road for the Ballina Salmon Festival?





Reports point to some uncertainty about the future of the long-running annual event.

The Festival, one of the West’s top events, was launched more than 50 years ago, in 1964.

In that time, it has attracted hundreds of thousands to the area, generating millions of euros for the local economy.

But the high profile event is now clouded in uncertainty, and, according to a spokesman, may have to be wound down this year unless new volunteers are available to help with the running of the various associated activities, including the highly popular heritage day.

A meeting of the Festival committee is scheduled for Friday 27 January which people willing to assist are being urged to attend. The venue is the Manor Hotel, Ballina, with the meeting set to get underway at 8 pm

Meanwhile, a meeting of Sligo County Council has heard that a Sinn Fein councillor is to step down from the authority.

Sean MacManus reportedly announced that he will be resigning with effect from next month. It is expected that he will be succeeded by his son, a Sinn Fein candidate in the last general election.