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Digital Transformations Conference coming to Ballina

AN EXPLORATION OF CULTURE IN A DIGITAL SOCIETY Memory, authorship, identity, productivity, privacy and consumption are all changing. The digital society is transforming our traditional relationship to these concepts, enhancing

Chambers Ireland welcomes strong Exchequer returns

Commenting on today’s (2 February 2018) announcement of the Exchequer surplus with the publication of the January Fiscal Monitor, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “Today’s strong Exchequer returns confirm

Local Author launches latest novel ‘That Girl’ in Ballina

WHOSE THAT GIRL? Local author Kate Kerrigan launched the e-book edition of her latest novel, That Girl, with a Facebook Live interview with a very special guest – her mother,

Its the Season Of Love in Ballina

      Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a

Ballina Lip Sync Returns with another bumper night of entertainment

Kilmoremoy LGFC returns with yet another night of entertainment with Cirque du Lip Sync on Saturday 13th January in Great National Hotel Ballina, doors opening at 7pm and the event itself

Happy Christmas to all our members!

Chamber President Paul Regan would like to extend the warmest of season’s greetings to all our members and wish you and your business continued success for the new year! Paul

Golden Rules Safe Online Shopping

The Internet provides a safe and convenient forum for people to shop and communicate with friends and family. And while Ballina Chamber of Commerce promotes and supports shopping locally with

Buy Shop Local Gift Vouchers and help keep money local this Christmas!

Commenting on the announcement that there are now over 40 local shops and businesses redeeming Shop Local Gift Vouchers Paul Regan, President of Ballina Chamber is calling on members of the public

Ballina Chamber launches new Brand

Ballina Chamber, as a member of the Chambers Ireland network, launched a new brand today, reflecting their strength and influence as a member of the collaborative network.   Launching the

Frosty Salmon Festival kicks off for month of December

Ballina’s Frosty Salmon Festival has just gotten underway and Santa has arrived in town, much to the merriment of children and adults alike. The town’s annual Christmas festival is designed to

Xmas Fever in Ballina 2017

    Frosty Salmon Festival Ballina  is alive and well again this year. With a exciting line up in store Frosty Salmon Festival Ballina 3rd Dec-23rd Dec 2017 Dec 3rd: Santa’s

More to Europe than Brexit

Irish Chambers Meet EU Senior Officials to Discuss Priorities for Irish Business A delegation from the Irish Chamber of Commerce Network, led by Chambers Ireland, today (7 November 2017) are meeting

Connolly Motors Group puts Ballina on the map

Written by Gabrielle Monaghan, Sunday Indo Business October 23 2017 1:30 AM At the southern section of the N17 – the road that connects Galway with Sligo – was last

Ballina ONE ACT Drama Festival 2017

As we enter the dark nights of Winter the annual Ballina ONE ACT Drama festival shines a light in a bleak November weekend. A festival of Drama which showcases the

Viral sensations Atlantic Rhythm Productions launch brand new summer show – “Tradbeats”

North Mayo production company Atlantic Rhythm Productions is preparing to launch a brand new summer show that is set to take Mayo by storm. “Tradbeats”, a fully choreographed contemporary show

Local woman is launching Facebook marketing book

Enniscrone native, Louise McDonnell, has issued an open invitation to the launch of her first book, Facebook Marketing, the essential guide for Irish organisations in the Ballina Library at 6pm

Samhain Abhainn – Ballina’s Halloween Festival is back, with ‘Huxopia’ – Huxley Horror’s newest macabre immersion experience

  Ballina’s much-loved Halloween Festival, Samhain Abhainn returns for another year of scares, running from Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November 2017. As always, the festival offers a variety of

Highlights of Budget 2017 —- How was it for YOU ???

    Another Year Another Budget ——- Good points, Bad Points and a lot of Talking Points. Here are the Highlight of Budget 2017.     Housing A total of

Jack Fenn’s Courtyard Opens @Belleek Castle

Great news for Ballina as a brand new foodie destination set in Jack Fenn’s Courtyard at Belleek Castle, opens to the public. Who was Jack Fenn ? There once was a

A Stroll back in Time

  Hotels in Ballina The Irish Tourist Association conducted a survey of Ballina town in August 1942.  The aim of the survey was to determine the suitability of Ballina for

Proper Consideration Must be Given to the Impact of Local Adjustment Factor in Local Property Tax

Local Authority Budgets and LPT Decisions should be aligned to improve quality of decision making  As Councils across the country meet this month to consider their Local Adjustment Factor for

Excellent Work Undertaken by Local Authorities Highlighted In Awards Shortlist

Chambers Ireland announced the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2017. This year there are a total of twenty three Local Authorities shortlisted over sixteen categories ranging from

Ceide Coast Among Finalists Announced for EU Competition for Best Tangible Cultural Destination in Ireland  

Fáilte Ireland today announced the three Irish finalists of this year’s EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) competition to find the destination in Ireland which has best used its local tangible

Food Fleadh Market Ballina postponed until 8th – 9th September due to Mayo GAA odyssey

Food Fleadh Ballina has since its 2014 inception become an established event in the Mayo calendar of festivals and events, building a reputation as one of the region’s most enjoyable,

Old favourite re-opens under new management; Crockets on the Quay, Ballina Co Mayo

Crockets on the Quay, one of Ballina’s iconic pubs reopened recently under new management.  Situated on the banks of the River Moy, in the picturesque Quay village, the venue has

Affordable Childcare is Good for Families and Good for Business

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s ‘It Starts Now’ campaign, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said,  “The implementation in coming weeks of the childcare provision announced by

IFI Ballina Western River Basin District Angling report

Salmon Angling – weeks ending 23rd & 30th July 2017 River Moy Over the past two weeks the Moy system had a reported catch of 1,178 salmon bringing the total for

New bar reopens in the heart of Ballina town

Ballina has always had a great reputation for quality night life, sophisticated bars and urban chic night clubs in the West of Ireland. With the addition of recently renovated bar

Competition heats up for Mayo’s favourite carvery venues

The Great Carvery of the Year competition has reached one of its most exciting and anticipated points with the reveal of this year’s shortlist of Ireland’s top carvery venues. Mayo

Mayo Manchester – Returns for another Year

  All roads are set to lead to Mayo for the much anticipated 2017 Mayo Manchester Tradfest which runs from Thursday 3 August to Wednesday 9 August. Billed by the

New Driving Test Center opens in Ballina

The Official Opening of the New Permanent Driver Theory Test Center in Ballina, Co Mayo  Friday July 7, 2017   Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), officially opened

Chambers Ireland Welcomes the Conclusion of EU-Japan Trade Negotiations

Chambers Ireland today (6 July 2017) welcomes the news of an agreement between the EU and Japan for a new trade accord, negotiations for which first began in 2013. Speaking

Chambers Ireland June Newsletter

Chief Executive’s Welcome This month we entered into Budget 2018 planning season. The Government held the National Economic Dialogue (NED) this week, entitled “Sustainable and inclusive growth in the context

Chambers Ireland Pre-Budget Submission Calls for Increased Infrastructure Investment

Budget 2018 Cannot be Brexit-Proofed but Measures Needed to Mitigate Against Serious Challenges We Must Act On Matters Within Our Control Ahead of the National Economic Dialogue commencing tomorrow, Chambers

All Roads Lead To Ballina This July

From North ,South, East,West and of course Overseas they travel in their droves to reach One Destination  “Ballina”   Why You May Ask ? Ballina Salmon Festival of Course running

Ballina Salmon Festival is back with a bang in 2017

With just four weeks to go, planning for Ballina Salmon Festival is well and truly underway, as the festival committee launches a packed programme of family friendly events, with emphasis

Ballina Business Community Launches Business Watch

Following on from a recent Town Centre Health Check for Ballina, a retailer’s survey identified a need for a Business Watch be setup in the area. Based on the same

A Fire Safety Notice from Rouse Insurance

Hugh Rouse, of Rouse Insurance and Health and Safety Advisor says  ‘We are all horrified at this week’s London fire. What those people experienced is almost unthinkable, and the horror

SEAI Smart Lighting Grant

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is introducing  a new pilot SME support  – Smart Lighting grant scheme. The goal is to support energy efficient lighting that is more sustainable

Fathers Day gift ideas in Ballina

Ahead of Father’s Day this weekend, we celebrate the incredible bond between Irish fathers and their children and with that in mind we have compiled a short list of Fathers

Keep the Kids Busy this Summer in Ballina

With summer school holidays only round the corner, and hoping the weather stays good, there is all kinds of Summer Camps planned to suit your Child, in Ballina this July

Las Vegas comes to Ballina GAA Club

Las Vegas comes to Ballina at the Great National Hotel Ballina Saturday 10th June, as local Club Ballina Stephenites GAA Club hosts a Vegas themed night featuring a plethora black

Announcement of Brexit Supports for Small Business Welcome

Chambers Ireland today (30 May 2017) welcomed the announcement by Minister for State Pat Breen of a range of supports and funding available through LEO offices to assist small and

IFI Ballina Western River Basin District

  Angling report – w/e 21st May 2017     Salmon Angling   River Moy   The Moy system produced over 200 salmon for the week bringing the yearly total,

Route Millennia Mayo – 6 Unique Visitors experiences with 6000 years of History and Culture

Route Millennia Mayo is being officially being launched at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street, Ballina at 2 p.m on Wednesday 31st May 2017. Members of the public are invited

Ballina Business Profile: Specsavers Ballina

Specsavers Ballina opened in April 2014. It is run and owned by the Ophthalmic Director Eva Roache and Retail Director Kelley McGrath. Since opening Specsavers Ballina has proudly and passionately

Summer Social Get together at Connacht Whiskey

Ballina Chamber and Connacht Whiskey Distillery have joined forces and created a summer time social get together on the first day of Summer with a very unique networking event. Enjoy a

Mayo Business Awards returns in 2017

The Mayo Business Awards aim to celebrate all businesses in every town and village throughout the county and we encourage all Mayo Businesses to enter to be in with a

Competitive start fund for female entrepreneurs

Calling all female entrepreneurs – Date for the Diary -Weds May 3rd 2017 –  Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs opening date.   The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to

UEFA Development Under 16 Tournament bound for Ballina

Young footballers are being given a wonderful chance to showcase their talents and make crucial progress as players through UEFA’s international development tournaments. As part of UEFA’s ongoing efforts to

Graphite HRM Mid-Year Review

Graphite HRM will be presenting a mid-year review update on the 31st of May 2017 from 10:00am to 4:30pm, providing you with the latest employment law and HR updates. This event will be taking place

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

What is Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs? Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a pan-European mobility scheme for entrepreneurs, initiated by the European Commission in 2009. The programme aims to offer opportunities

Ballina Arts Centre celebrates Bealtaine Festival

May is here and with it brings good weather, a spring in everybody’s step and the Bealtaine Festival. This year Ballina Arts Centre has something for everyone with a great programme

Ballina Business Profile: The Broken Jug

Award winning Broken Jug Bar & Restaurant The Broken Jug, Ballina the backbone of evening and night time entertainment in the North west of Ireland caters for every celebration, whether

Ballina RFC hosts Junior Inter Provincial Match Saturday 6th May

After a fantastic year for Ballina Rugby Football Club (RFC) and recently winning Club of the Year for 2016/2017, the Club now plays host to a fantastic Junior Inter Provincial

IFI Ballina Western River Basin District

  Angling report – w/e 23rd April 2017 Salmon Angling River Moy   Salmon angling on the River Moy picked up further during the week with fish being caught throughout

Food Fleadh Ballina returns 25th- 26th-27th August 2017

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR’S FOOD FLEADH BALLINA HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 8TH – 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017 ***** Click here for further information     Ballina Salmon Festival isn’t the

Ballina ‘Business Watch’ launch Wednesday 26th April 2017

As part of a recent Town Centre Health Check for Ballina, (a collaborative pilot scheme conducted by The Heritage Council, GMIT, Mayo County Council, Ballina Tidy Towns and Ballina Chamber

Irish Rural Link Annual Conference – Friday 5th May, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

The conference; “Micro Enterprise: A Key to Rural Employment – Outlining Pathways to Europe’’ will allow participants to reflect on the many issues facing rural microenterprises and the effect of

Mayo’s Youth takes to the stage to celebrate Mayo Day 29th April 2017

Ballina and across the county of Mayo the level of talent is unbelievable so much of that talent is with the young people of our community! And to celebrate the

Ryan Sheridan headlines Mayo Day celebrations in Ballina

LIVE outdoor concert in the Military Quarter, Market Square Ballina from 8pm on Mayo Day, 29th April.   Mayo Day celebrations in Ballina features Irish music sensation Ryan Sheridan, playing

Mary Robinson Centre 4th International Human Rights Lecture

The International Human Rights Lecture is the signature event of The Mary Robinson Centre, bringing global leaders and international voices to local communities.  Following in the footsteps of Hina Jilani,

St Muredachs College, Ballina represent Ireland at F1 in Schools World Finals

On March 21st , St Muredachs College, Ballina, team qualified for the 2017 F1 in Schools World Finals, where they will be representing Ireland in Kuala Lumpur next September.         Consisting


Event: Using Facebook for Business – Advanced. By Louise McDonnell of 2Market Date: Tuesday 2nd & Tuesday 9th May 2017 Time: 6pm – 9pm – Each evening is a half

Strong Economic Forecasts Highlight Urgent Need to Address Infrastructure Deficits

Commenting on the publication today (11 April 2017) of the Draft Stability Programme Update, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said, “The improved GDP forecast and the positive employment

Event: Wills, Trusts and Enduring Power of Attorney

 Event: Breakfast Seminar; Wills, Trusts and Enduring Power of Attorney  Date: Thursday 27th April 2017  Time: Registration 9am – 10.30am  Venue: Ballina Chamber Office, Pearse St, Ballina Co Mayo Cost: Free

Talks Urgently Needed to Resolve Damaging Industrial Action

Chambers Ireland today (31 March 2017) called on management at Bus Eireann and the Unions to utilise the industrial relations machinery of the State to resolve the current industrial dispute

Ballina Business Profile: Ballina Motor Care

Ballina Motor Care is a family owned and run business incorporated in 1993, starting with just two employees. Ballina Motor Care has grown progressively over the years and this expansion



Western River Basin District

Angling report – w/e 19th March 2017   Salmon Angling River Moy The first fish of the season was caught on St. Patrick’s Day by Gerry Seck, Crossmolina, on the

Enhanced Credit Guarantee Scheme Is Good For Small Business

Chambers Ireland has today (21 March 2017) welcomed the announcement of the new Credit Guarantee Scheme 2017 by Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD.   Commenting on

Mothering Sunday in Ballina

With Mothers Day just around the corner heres a little piece to get us thinking of the important role all mother’s play in our everyday life. Mother’s Maintenance Manual Many

Ballina Business Profile: The Ice House

History of the Hotel Originally called the ‘Iceland Cottage’ the Ice House hotel is a building steeped in history. Strategically positioned on the Moy Estuary, (which became the principal sea-port of Ireland)

Paul Regan remains on as Chamber President for a second term

Ballina Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that Paul Regan current President of Chamber of Commerce will remain as President for a second term in 2017. Paul Regan is

All –island Civic Dialogue on Brexit – Report

The second plenary meeting of the All-island Civic Dialogue took place in Dublin Castle on 17 February 2017. A video from the day is now available to view on the

Irish Business Can Set a Standard for Best Practice Corporate Social Responsibility

Awards to recognise excellence in CSR launched today Chambers Ireland today (09/03/17) launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2017 in the Guinness Storehouse. The CSR Awards offer the business community

Ballina Business Profile: Beautiful Touch

Salon owner and senior therapist, Sinéad O’ Hora, qualified from Mayoralty Beauty College in June 2002 having excelled in ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO exams. Between 2002 and 2008, Sinéad worked in

European Commission White Paper on the Future of Europe

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last week presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe to the European Parliament. Click on White Paper to view this document – European White

SMEs and Trade- Ready2Go Programme

The European Commission and the European Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (EASME) launched Ready2Go to support European SMEs to internationalise and become active in five target Third-Country markets. and Ballina Chamber host Food Tourism Seminar

All types of food businesses from Mayo and West Sligo are invited to attend the first Mayo North Food Tourism Seminar, which takes place in the Great National Hotel Ballina

New Frontiers Entrepreneurship Programme Public Information Session

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION – Moy Valley Resources, Bunree Rd., Ballina  Thursday March 9th 2017 @ 6.15pm   The New Frontiers Entrepreneurship Programme will commence on April 1st 2017 in the

​The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ireland

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation An Irish non-profit organisation located in the village of Ballycastle on the sea coast of North County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. Its programmes are

Arts March Madness in Ballina 2017

March 2017 at Ballina Arts Centre Visual Art: Girlhood: Orla Sloyan Official Opening: Friday 10th March, 8pm Throughout the months of March and April, Ballina Arts Centre will present Girlhood,

March Madness 2017 in Ballina

Jackie Clarke Collection Wednesday 8th March 2017 International Women’s Day.  In acknowledgement of this important day in the Global Calendar, the Jackie Clarke Collection extend an invitation to all the

Ballina Business Profile: Merricks Hardware

Merrick’s Hardware first opened its doors unofficially in 1984 and launched itself into a fully operational family run business in 1985, celebrating 33 years in business this year! And its

‘Local on Line’ Now is the time to get your Business Online

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Mayo is participating in Local Enterprise Week, a national LEO initiative aimed at stimulating business activity locally, from 5th – 10th March 2017, and as part

Valentine Love is in the Air in Ballina

Here we are at the start of what we hope will be another busy year- The Love Fest of Valentine’s Day is a mere matter of days away and St.

Ballina Business Profile: Twin Trees Hotel (formerly the Downhill House Hotel)

Twin Trees Hotel | Accommodation | Occasions | Weddings |Dining | Activities | Conferences | Leisure Twin Trees Hotel is owned & managed by David & Rachael Smith. The Twin

EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan discusses all things Brexit in Ballina

People of Ballina and Mayo North are welcome to attend a Brexit Briefing in the North Mayo capital on Friday 17th February at 8am, with light breakfast served from 7am,

Ballina Chamber announces date for AGM 2017

Ballina Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 27th February 2017.  Full details about the date, time and venue

Give the one you love “Ballina Shop Local Gift Vouchers” this Valentine’s Day…

Looking for the perfect Gift for the one you love for Valentine’s Day (or Mother’s Day)? Then look no further! Shop Local Gift Vouchers are the ideal gift for the one

A Clear Strategy for Regional Economic Development Needed – Ireland 2040

National Planning Framework must drive the sustainable economic growth of Ireland’s regions   Commenting on the launch of Ireland 2040 consultation process, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said,

Ballina Business Profile: Corinne Beattie Photographer

Corinne Beattie Photography; Freelance Photographer specialising in Portrait and Wedding work. Based in the beautiful town of Ballina, Co Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way, Corinne has worked as a professional

Action Plan for Jobs 2017 Key Pillar of Ireland’s Brexit Strategy  

Government Must Focus on Meeting Ambitious Jobs Targets Chambers Ireland today welcomed the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs 2017. Commenting on the Action Plan, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive

Spring into the Arts this February

Balina Arts Centre offers a jam packed itinerary of the Arts this February ranging from local Amateur Dramatic presentations to the coolest music groups in the land. There has to

Increase in Capital Investment Needed to Meet Demands of Growing Economy

Commenting on today’s (31 January 2017) announcement by  Minister Donohoe and Minister Noonan of the Capital Plan Review, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said, “We welcome today’s announcement

Increased Variety of Apprenticeships & Traineeships a welcome addition to the Irish education landscape

Commenting on today’s (26 January 2017) announcement by Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD and Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan TD, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of

Ballina Chamber hosts New Chamber Members Networking Evening

THIS EVENT IS NOW BEING HOSTED DURING ENTERPRISE WEEK 5th – 10th MARCH 2017 All Ballina Chamber of Commerce New and existing Members are invited the very first Chambers Networking

Are you looking for a new Job in 2017?

Arcon Recruitment are holding an Open Evening on Thursday 26th January in the Manor Hotel in Ballina from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. This is a great opportunity for all potential job