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Return to Work Protocal for business

CE of Chambers Ireland, Ian Talbot spoke at the launch of the ‘Return to work Protocal’ at in Government press centre, on Saturday 9th May . These protocals, briefly highlighted

Ballina Chamber Say Government Must Increase Financial Support For Ireland West Airport Knock

Ballina Chamber of Commerce have said that Ireland West Airport Knock, will play a major role in rebuilding the tourism industry in the county after the Covid-19 crisis and the

Next Programme for Government Must Support Regional Recovery and Boost Impacted Sectors in the Wake of the COVID-19 Crisis

Chambers Ireland launches new research this morning (8 May 2020) on the sectoral and regional impact of COVID-19. This follows publication of survey results last week on the 30 April

Ballina Salmon Festival postponed until later in 2020.

Following on from the Government directive announced on Tuesday 21st April, that all major public gatherings will not take place this summer, and events with crowds of more than 5,000

Queues and the maintenance of physical distancing outside retail stores

The Government’s overriding objective during Covid-19 is to ensure the public’s health and safety. The public health advice is clear and consistent. Everyone is urged to stay in their home

Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business

Following the announcement from An Taoiseach here is the Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business here – Friday May 1st The changes to the public health guidelines that will come into

Wide-Ranging Financial Supports Welcomed by Business as We Plan for Re-Opening of Economy

Chambers Ireland welcomes announcement from Cabinet this afternoon (2 May 2020) of additional financial supports for businesses, particularly SMEs, who have been impacted by COVID-19. The supports range from waivers

Government announces 26 new COVID-19 research and innovation projects to complement existing third-level research activity

Issued by the Government Press Office 29 April 2020 Projects will address key areas such as frontline healthcare, diagnostics, infection control, contact tracing, mental health, potential treatments, and management of

Latest Chambers Ireland Survey Highlights Costs to Business in Reopening and Calls for More Support from Government

Chambers Ireland and our nationwide network of chambers has today (30 April 2020) published results from a survey of the Irish business community. This survey seeks to quantify and highlight

Ballina Fringe Festival & Pure Ballina! Promise to Shine Again in October

Ballina Fringe Festival, now in its third year, will take place 9-18 October.  The good news was announced today by festival organisers, who are actively planning ahead and looking forward

Tóg Mé Bhaile go Mhaigh Eó – “Take Me Home to Mayo”

by Paul Kostiak Part 1 – Nice to Meet You There are very few places on Earth that have truly captured my heart. I’ve traveled the world, over one million

Collaborative Town Centre Health Check Training Programme

A trans-disciplinary National Town Centre Health Check Training Programme in conjunction with 8 participating towns across the country. Overview The Heritage Council, RGDATA and the Retail Consortium, in collaboration with

Ireland’s Town Centres- Colouring Series for Kids

Ireland’s Town Centres have centuries and centuries of heritage in their historic market squares, streets and buildings. The Heritage Council’s Colouring in drawings for Kids aim to support these wonderful

Free online Business Planning Course from Chambers Ireland and Griffith College to Address Key Current Issues for Irish Businesses

Chambers Ireland, in association with Griffith College, are running a Free online business planning course for its 8,000 members nationwide.  The course will address the key concerns that businesses across

Rebooting The Economy – Your Opportunity to have a say!

The 3rd Chambers Ireland survey has just been launched. Ballina Chamber and all the Mayo Chambers network are asking ALL businesses across all sectors in Co Mayo to complete this

Businesses urged to start planning for comeback after Covid-19 restrictions lift

Businesses should start to plan how they will come back when Covid-19 restrictions lift, speaking to Ireland AM, today, Tuesday, Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation said businesses

The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities must enable more equitable charges to business users

Chambers Ireland has made a submission to the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) asking them to be more flexible in how business consumers are billed as part of

Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020

On Friday, 27 March 2020, the Government passed the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Act 2020, which introduces additional supports and protections for renters during the COVID-19 emergency

Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme – Competitive Call for Funding

Enterprise Ireland will launch a call for funding on April 20 to support retail companies to enhance their digital capability. This is a competitive fund which will be administered by

COVID-19 Mayo County Council Community Response Forum

A dedicated community support helpline has been established by Mayo County Council to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health

Essential Services

The Government has released the confirmed list of Essential Services, these are the workplaces who are permitted to operate during this period of enhanced restrictions. (LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES link)

Commercial Rates

Ballina Chamber of Commerce Press Release 20th March 2020 The Government has today  (20 March, 2020) agreed with local authorities that they should agree to defer rates payments due from

Covid-19 Training and Workshops

Ballina Chamber continues to host COVID-19 training sessions supported by many of its own members, but is also working in association with Chambers Ireland and partner supports, as well asMayo

COVID-19: Resources for Business

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation – Key Supports for Reopening your Small Business Webinars –  Click here to view upcoming Chamber Network Webinars InterTrade Ireland Webinars Fáilte Ireland Webinars for

Financial Business Supports during COVID-19

Our advice in the first instance is to make contact with your Accountant and with your Relationship Manager in your Bank or Credit Union who is best placed to guide

Chambers Ireland survey results highlight severity of economic impact and calls for unprecedented economic stimulus for post-pandemic recovery

Ballina Chamber, fellow Mayo Chambers and Chambers Ireland and our nationwide network of chambers has today (9 April 2020) published the results of a survey of its members, which seeks

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD announces Major Expansion of Business Supports for SMEs

Minister Heather Humphreys TD, today announced a major expansion of supports for all businesses impacted by COVID-19. €1 billion in liquidity measures available for SMEs €180m Sustaining Enterprise Fund launched

The EU’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the coming weeks, the Chambers Ireland team and some guest contributors, will be bringing you blogs and articles to keep you posted on how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting

Cashflow Webinar for Business affected by Covid 19

Next Monday, April 6th, at 11am, AIB will be hosting a webinar ‘Accessing Financial Supports and Cashflow Management through Covid-19‘ for all Chambers and businesses. In this webinar you will hear from Deirdre

Chambers Ireland launches latest Covid-19 Business Community Survey

This morning, Chambers Ireland launches our second Covid-19 Business Community Survey. This survey is targeted at business owners and operators, both those who are members of their local chambers of

Irish Water defers the introduction of new business charges to support businesses during the Covid 19 Emergency

Irish Water’s new non-domestic tariff framework for business customers is to be deferred as a result of the current Covid 19 emergency. The new framework which supports a new national

Message from Fáilte Ireland’s CEO

These are truly unprecedented times for the tourism sector across the board and the effects will be catastrophic for the industry. As we see more and more job losses and

COVID-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme – Employer Eligibility and Supporting Proofs

On 24 March 2020, the Government announced measures to provide financial support to workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. As part of these measures and building on the functionality developed

Chamber survey says 90% of Businesses experiencing Decline in Revenue – Unprecedented Economic Response Required

Chambers Ireland and our nationwide network of chambers has today (24 March 2020) published the results of a survey of its members, which seeks to quantify and highlight the impacts

Government action on Commercial Rates does not go far enough and more action may be required as crisis evolves, says Chambers Ireland

Earlier this week, Chambers Ireland and our nationwide network of chambers called on Government and all State bodies to be flexible and responsive to the needs of their business and economic

Ballina Chamber March and April events cancelled.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce has postponed all March and April training courses, workshops and events that they provide for its 150 plus business membership, in response to the announcement by

Minister Donohoe outlines further measures to support Individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., today (Wednesday) welcomed the ongoing work of the Central Bank of Ireland, Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI),

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Ireland’s first case of Coronavirus was confirmed on 29 February 2020. The Government is taking measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. Please find below links to key

Next Government must align with EU Strategy to Support SMEs, says Chambers Ireland

Chambers Ireland welcomes the publication by the European Commission of a new SME Strategy, with the goal of empowering small businesses to make the digital and the sustainable transition. Welcoming

Chambers Ireland joins Government, Trade Unions & Employer Bodies in shared National Effort to respond to COVID-19

Chambers Ireland has today issued the following joint statement with the Government, trade unions and other employer bodies. Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “We are committed to showing

Minister Humphreys announces supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), Heather Humphreys TD, today announced details on the package of supports she has put in place for businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prepatory Actions

Following the confirmation of several cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the island of Ireland, please take the time to read this update via this link from the HSE on:  

Ballina St Patricks Day Parade Cancelled.

With news just breaking that the Cabinet Sub-Committee dealing with the Coronavirus has decided to cancel the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, many parades around the country has followed

Mayo Local Enterprise Week 2020 Activities

Local Enterprise Week 2-6 March 2020 The first week in March will see small businesses and budding entrepreneurs gather across the country for Local Enterprise Week 2020. An initiative of

Fifth International Human Rights Lecture by The Mary Robinson Centre

Date And Time 2pm Fri, 6 March 2020 Ballina Arts Centre Barrett Street F26 NW83 Ballina Born in Durban, South Africa, Naidoo’s life-long campaign for social justice stemmed from his


ANNOUNCED FOR TV RECORDINGS AT OTHER VOICES BALLINA 2020 Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter DAVID GRAY, Kildare rapper JYELLOWL, new dreamy, alternative-pop music from SODA BLONDE, rising songwriter from Derry JC

Ballina Chamber of Commerce election manifesto makes infrastructure a priority

Infrastructure deficits are not a new issue in for Ballina and its environs but there are fears that the problem could get even worse. At present the majority of investment

Ballina Salmon Festival Dates Confirmed for 2020

5th -12th July 2020 Ballina Chamber of Commerce proudly presents Ballina Salmon Festival 2020, running from the 5th – 12th July. With dates now in place the festival committee look

First 15 Music Trail Acts Announced

Festival Registration now open on Eventbrite Other Voices Ballina 2020 Friday 28th & Saturday 29th February, Ballina, Co. Mayo First 15 acts revealed for the Other Voices Ballina Music Trail

David Coleman – Easing the transition to secondary school

Moving from Primary to Secondary School is a significant transition in any child’s life. However, it is easier for them if we think about it, not as an event, but

First four acts announced for St. Michael’s Church at Other Voices Ballina 2020

Friday 28th & Saturday 29th February, Ballina, Co. Mayo On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020, Other Voices Festival returns once again to the gorgeous town of Ballina, Co.

Ballina Chamber Annual General Meeting 2020

Date & Time:Date: Tuesday 28th JANUARY 2019Time: 8pm Venue: Ballina Chamber of Commerce & Ballina Tourist OfficeCost: FREE Event Details The Annual General Meeting of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce will take place on Tuesday 28th January at

Christmas Wishes from The Ballina Chamber of Commerce President

As the year draws to another end I would like to wish all the members and their families a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a very prosperous new year.


It has been confirmed by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that construction of a new bridge at Cloongullane near Swinford on the N26 will get underway in 2020 receiving funding

Ballina Town Centre’s Pulse taken in first Town Centre Health Check

The findings of a major new consumer survey on the strengths and opportunities for Ballina Town Centre have been released this week by the Ballina Collaborative Town Centre Health Check

Construction begins on Mary Robinson Centre Project in Ballina Co Mayo

Following the recent signing of contracts, Mayo County Council has confirmed that construction of the Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina will commence on December 5th. The project entails the conservation


Nominations are now open for the Mayo Annual Awards 2020, which will be presented to the ‘Mayo Person of the Year’, the ‘Meitheal’ and the ‘Young Mayo Person of the

Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards

Fingal County Council was named Local Authority of the Year at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The 16th annual Awards ceremony was held in association with the

Holidays are Coming to Ballina on 4th December 2019

Holidays are Coming; Coca-Cola Unveils the 2019 Christmas Truck Tour Holidays Are Coming – the countdown to Christmas has now officially started as Coca-Cola announces the return of the iconic

Ballina Chamber of Commerce Christmas Networking Dinner

The highlight of Ballina Chambers’ calendar of events, the Christmas Networking Dinner, returns Friday 29th November in the The Cot and Cobble with reception drinks served from 6.30pm. Enjoying an

Ballina’s Frosty Salmon Festival and Countdown to Christmas

The much-anticipated Frosty Salmon Festival, Ballina kicks off on Sunday 24th November, celebrating all that is great and wonderful in our community, with Santa’s Arrival Party at the Jackie Clarke

Christmas Cracker Bonanza Draw launched for 6th Year in Ballina.

With €10,000’s worth of Vouchers from local businesses including retail, pharmacy, hotels and restaurants up for grabs, this is a fantastic way of supporting your local business while being rewarded

Chambers Ireland Welcomes Mary Robinson in Address to Business

Chambers Ireland welcomes Mary Robinson in an address to members of the business community, calls for more urgent action in the transformation of Ireland into a sustainable competitive low carbon

Reduced unemployment figures welcome but concerns on emerging skills gaps need to be addressed

Following today’s publication of the CSO’s Monthly Unemployment statistical release for October 2019, Chambers Ireland welcomes the further growth of people at work. Speaking this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive

Mayo Mental Health Association hosts ‘Moving Your Mind’ at Ballina Stephenites GAA Club

Mayo Mental Health Association in partnership with the HSE, The Movement Castlebar, Mayo GAA and Healthy Ireland recently held the launch of the ‘Moving your Mind’ Initiative 2019 in the

The Scary Woods Walk returns for another year of Chainsaws, Clowns and Coffins

Ballina’s much-loved Halloween Festival, Samhain Abhainn returns for its seventh year, running from Friday 25th to Thursday 31st October. As always, the festival offers a variety of great events for children, with terrifying

Budget 2020

Plan for Brexit will be welcomed by business, but overall, a missed opportunity to invest more in long term challenges for economy Following today’s Budget 2020 statement by Minister Paschal

Chambers Ireland outlines key priorities ahead of Budget 2020

Ahead of tomorrow’s announcement of Budget 2020 by the Minister of Finance, Chambers Ireland calls on Government to plan for the long-term challenges to the Irish economy. Speaking this morning

Chambers Ireland welcomes the strong performance of the economy, but Government must remain prudent ahead of next Tuesday’s Budget

Following the publication of the September Exchequer Returns this afternoon (2 Oct 2019), Chambers Ireland welcomes the strong performance of the economy, but calls on Government to ensure that the

Chambers lead the way on Sustainable Development Goals

Chambers Ireland and ICC Ireland have announced that both they and the network of affiliated Chambers across Ireland have together signed up to a new charter to support the Sustainable

Arts on the fringes – Ballina Fringe Festival is a fine showcase of fantastic arts for the West of Ireland.

Ballina Fringe Festival returns from 4-20 October this year in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre and Mayo North Promotions Office.  With an impressive range of diverse arts events taking place

Banquet in the Barracks brings a Taste the Island Experience to Ballina.

Ballina’s Military Barracks hosted a one of a kind dining experience over the weekend of the Food Fleadh, welcoming local and visiting Chefs to create a menu using ingredients and

Food Fleadh Ballina brings a Taste the Island Experience to Co Mayo this September!

Food Fleadh Ballina, Co Mayo makes a welcome return for its sixth year this September 26th – 29th 2019.  With a four day holiday programme planned for the end of September,


Duncan Stewart, probably Ireland’s best-known advocate for environmental and conservation issues, and the presenter of television show ‘Eco Eye’, will be the special guest during the Green Energy and Home

Mayo Business Awards 2019

Mayo Chambers and local organisations, in association with and the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Mayo, are delighted to announce that the prestigious Mayo Business Awards will take place on

Two-day Cannonball Quay Festival to attract thousands to Ballina

A festival of supercars, live music, and fantastic family fun The famous Cannonball Ireland road trip roars back into Ballina on Saturday, September 7, bringing with it the sophisticated style,

Moy Feasibility Study – Public Consultation Meeting – Enniscrone

Ballina Lions Club is the promoter of a major new study of the commercial, touristic, community and social benefits and uses of the Moy Estuary, encompassing Killala, Enniscrone and the

Summer Programme kicks off at The Core

Young musicians aged 12 to 18 will have the opportunity to engage in a plethora of musical activities this summer including camps, clinics, workshops and a multitude of performance opportunities across

Exhibition: Voices of ’68

A fascinating travelling exhibition featuring video testimonies from people who featured prominently in events during one of the most pivotal years in modern Irish history is visiting Ballina this month.

Ballina Street Festival 8th-14th July 2019

Ballina Street Festival running from Monday 8th July to Sunday 14th July kick starts the summer holidays with the usual stallworth events scheduled to take place including National Heritage Day,

NUI Galway: Ideas Academy

NUI Galway Launches New Ideas Academy Summer Camp for second level students in senior cycle Today, NUI Galway in partnership with the HEA and Local Enterprise Office Mayo launched the

Springboard courses at Athlone Institute of Technology

Athlone Institute of Technology is delighted to announce the following free and heavily subsidised training Springboard courses which will run September 2019 to May 2020. Certificate in Food and Beverage

Our Time to Vote

The European and Local Elections will be taking place in May 2019. Voters will be able to go to their polling station to vote in both of these elections on Friday,

Ballina Chamber hosts AEC Business Forum Seminar

In 2015 Chambers of Commerce and a group of Action Oriented Partners from nine western counties (Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry) signed up to a Charter

Ballina Street Festival hosts Heritage Day 2019

National Heritage Day, 10th July 2019 Ballina Street Festival running from Monday 8th July to Sunday 14th July kick starts the summer holidays with the usual stallworth events scheduled to

Ballina Street Festival is announced for July 2019

On behalf of Ballina Chamber of Commerce we are delighted to announce that we are organising a ‘Street Festival’ running from Monday 8th – Sun 14th July 2019.  The old stallworth’s of Heritage day, Picnic

Press Release: Futureproof Broadband

A future-proofed accessible broadband network essential for 21st century economic prosperity Chambers Ireland is the national voice of Ireland’s largest business network. Our network has the broadest geographic presence, reaching

This week @ Ballina Arts Centre

After another brilliantly busy week at Ballina Arts Centre on Barrett Street with a great spread of Poetry, Visual Art and Theatre this time around! It’s that time of year

Live Music in Ballina this Easter Bank Holiday, along the Wild Atlantic Way

This Easter Holidays Ballina is exploding with entertainment in many of its bars and restaurants here’s our round up of everything this bank holiday weekend. Friday April 19th The Shebeen;

Easter Events In Ballina, Co Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way

There’s no shortage of events and activities all over Ballina to keep everyone entertained this Easter break. Here’s our round up of the very best on offer for all the

Ballina Dramatic Society presents new Theatre show

Ballina Dramatic Society in association with Keepsake Theatre presents Welcome To The Stranger, a new play inspired by the eye-witness accounts of an extraordinary American woman, Asenath Nicholson, who travelled through

Easter Camps in Ballina Co Mayo along The Wild Atlantic Way

Easter comes late this year with School holidays kicking off from Monday 15th April and reopening Monday 29th April. Here are just some Easter camp suggestions to entertain and educate your your

Removal of ‘no-deal’ welcome, now is the time for constructive solutions -Chambers Ireland

Commenting this evening (13 March 2019) on the UK Parliament’s vote on leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship, Chambers Ireland Chief

Live Music in Ballina Bars this St Patrick’s Weekend

Boasting a large Community parade and Fireworks on St Patrick’s day 17th March, kicking off from 4.30pm, as well as a War of Independence 1919-1921 Exhibition at the Jackie Clarke

Statement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on latest developments on Brexit

Government Buildings, 12 March 2019 As you know, Prime Minister May met with President Juncker in Strasbourg last night where they agreed an interpretative ‘Instrument’ on the Withdrawal Agreement and

St Patricks Day and Weekend festivities in Ballina Co Mayo

The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival in Ballina is to celebrate our wonderful community, to celebrate our national Saint and Irish identity and stand proud with our fellow town

Invitation to Open Evening at Ballina Lions Club’s Famine Exhibition

Famine Exhibition Opening Evening Ballina Lions Club are hosting an Open Evening on Friday March 8th between 6pm & 9pm. With an open invitation to the Ballina Community to see The

Protecting Your Business – Employment Seminar in Ballina

Focusing on Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2019, Terence Morgan of Peninsula Ireland will be running this Seminar to advise delegates on how to protect their businesses in light of the

Ballina Chamber Spring Training Courses

Training is a great way for your team to get the chance to develop new skills and increase their contributions to the business. Employees having confidence in their work and them knowing what to do can help boost their self-esteem,

Funding For Creative Events For Children – Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

Do you have an idea for a creative event for children and young people? Now you can make it happen! Mayo County Council is seeking proposals for events for children