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BALLINA ONE ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL – 2021 NOV 5TH, 6TH & 7TH – BALLINA ARTS CENTRE

Festival Director Marie Loftus – was delighted to get the  ‘thumbs up’ regarding this year’s One Act Festival and whilst it will see some small changes in format, it certainly

Chambers Ireland welcomes Budget 2022 but critical issue of town centres and vacancies has yet to be tackled

Chambers Ireland, the voice of business throughout Ireland, has welcomed the Government’s focus on capital investment, childcare, and remote working in Budget 2022. Speaking this afternoon, Chambers Ireland CEO Ian

Chambers of Commerce to co-host all-island climate change event

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will join First Minister, Paul Givan MLA and deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill MLA for an all-island climate change event in Belfast this week. Jointly hosted by

Launch of We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Mayo

Mayo CYPSC, in partnership with Healthy Mayo, Mayo County Council and Mayo Chambers of Commerce are launching “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Mayo”, a breastfeeding initiative set up to improve the health

Ballina 2023 launch plans this September

Ballina 2023 to host free open-air live music event at Tom Ruane Park Ballina 2023 new website and new logo to be revealed Specially Commissioned Film to showcase Ballina to

Ballina 2023 is going live!

Ballina 2023 to host free open-air live music event at Tom Ruane Park Ballina 2023 new website and new logo to be revealed Specially Commissioned Film to showcase Ballina to

Ballina Fringe Festival bursts back to life from 9th-17th October 2021

Ballina Fringe Festival returns to the North Mayo capital for a fourth year from Saturday October 9 to Sunday, October 17. The annual arts festival this year, with a theme

Healthy Club status award for local GAA Club, despite global pandemic crisis.

Ballina Stephenites GAA Club are delighted to announce they have recently been awarded Healthy Club status by Croke Park, a fantastic achievement especially during such a challenging period. The Healthy

Mayo Coaches Team Up With Soccer Stars To Promote Integration in Ireland

Two Ballina based coaches with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation have returned to Northern Ireland to deliver a week-long cross-community training programme that brought together young people from different communities and

Mayo Irish Dancing School Founder Bags Prestigious Business Accolade

Sheila Moffatt Named All-Ireland All-Star Cultural Ambassador Traditional Arts 2021 Moffatt School Of Irish Dancing founder Sheila Moffatt has been named All-Star Cultural Ambassador in Traditional Arts 2021 by the

‘MOVE TO MAYO’

Move to Mayo, a promotional campaign by Mayo County Council in conjunction with iRadio will launch Monday next, August 23rd.   The campaign aims to showcase Mayo as the best place

Mayo Coaches Work With Football Legends To Promote Integration in Ireland

Football coaches Dan Gorman and Jonathan Heffernan from Ballina County Mayo teamed up with football legends Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Glenn Hoddle and Steve Macmanaman to deliver a landmark event

Irelands oldest River Swim returns this August

One of the oldest river swims in Ireland, the Moy Swim started in Ballina back in the 1950’s and was held for many years. The original swim started at the

Green for Micro, Green for Business

The official launch of the Green for Micro Programme took place on Monday, March 1st by the Local Enterprise Office nationwide. Sustainability is often quite a theoretical concept and many

Mental Health Engagement Ballina Forum as part of Ballina 2023

The Ballina Mental Health Forum at the National Office for Mental Health Engagement is focussing on working actively with service users, family members and carers in the Community, and are working in

Chambers Ireland looks to engage business on the Sustainable Development Goals

Chambers Ireland, the body which represents 40 chambers of commerce in Ireland, has called on Irish business to become leaders in the effort to create a more sustainable society. The

A little bit of festival fun this July

The longest running community festival in Ireland, Ballina Salmon Festival is synonymous with bringing over 200,000 visitors into the region, but alas was cancelled in 2020 and in the traditional

Local Authority Of The Year Presented To Mayo County Council

In late 2020, Mayo County Council was announced by Chambers Ireland as the Local Authority of the Year.  The accolade which was awarded under the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local

Ballina Arts Centre reopening!!

After a long period of Covid-enforced closure Ballina Arts Centre will re-open on Saturday 5th June. The venue will be opening its galleries and will be presenting an exciting new

Sustained support and stimulus for local economies must be at centre of Recovery Plan, says Chambers Network.

Ahead of an announcement on the further reopening of society and economic activity, Chambers Ireland is today (28 May 2021) calling on Government to ensure businesses are given the best

Ballina Arts Centre’s Music Makers is coming!

On Thursday (20th May), Ballina Arts Centre’s new online music show will hit social media screens. Described as ‘a platform for Mayo singer-songwriters to showcase their original songs’, the series

Ballina Chamber of Commerce submission to Ballina Town & Environs LAP 2021-2027

Mayo County Council is preparing a Local Area Plan for the Ballina Town & Environs area that will set out the framework to guide future development in the town an

Downpatrick Head in Mayo will host the event on September 12 2021

Ireland will return to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2021. Surrounded by a rugged coastal landscape, towering cliffs and staggering views of the Atlantic Ocean, Downpatrick Head

Mature discussion urgently required – Chambers Ireland and the Chambers network calls for certainty on reopening and duration of supports

Ahead of the Cabinet meeting later today, Chambers Ireland this morning (29 April) calls on Government to give certainty on financial supports and the reopening strategy for the months to

Your journey to becoming Climate Ready begins here.

Climate Ready is a five-year, national initiative developed in partnership with industry to equip Irish businesses with the skills they need to respond to climate change. Developed by Skillnet Ireland

JOIN OUR BID TO BE IRELAND’S GREENEST TOWN BY 2025

Ballina – Ireland’s Greenest Town is an initiative to make Ballina Ireland’s greenest town by 2025. It brings together families, business and community groups in Ballina and North Mayo to

Government has no time to waste and must support town centres during summer reopening, says Chambers Ireland

Following a meeting of Chamber CEOs, Chambers Ireland today (30 March 2021) calls on Government to use the time wisely and ensure we can plan for a sustainable reopening. Speaking

A more family-friendly workplace is essential to children’s wellbeing and will be critical to post-pandemic recovery

Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland have together issued a call to action for more family-friendly workplaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children and their families as health

Shaping the Future of Irish Business: The Business Show 2021 launches online

Business experts come together to provide solutions to Irish businesses feeling the impact of COVID-19 IRELAND: Ireland’s leading business summit, The Business Show, will take place virtually on 22nd of

From Ballina to Scranton to the White House, Mags Downey Martin writes.

A direct descendent from Ballina, Co Mayo is about to become the 46th President of the United States of America!  And this is the real story of an Irish immigrant

Empowering Mayo Businesses to Recover

During this extraordinary time in business, Ballina Chamber of Commerce want to support and empower you with the skills, knowledge and expertise in activating your business now as well as

Ballina Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

Ballina Chamber of Commerce AGM is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 23rd February at 7pm. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the virtual AGM will take place via the ZOOM

New COVID Aid Scheme Welcome But More Detail Needed, says Chambers Ireland

Chambers Ireland today (9 Feb 2021) welcomes announcement by Government that COVID business grants will be expanded. Speaking this afternoon Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “We have raised

Battle of Ardnaree commemoration planned for 2021

The Ballina Community Clean Up Group has announced plans for a major remembrance and commemorative event later this year to mark the historic, almost-forgotten and tragic Battle of Ardnaree, in 1586. Ardnaree

Existing Financial Supports Too Restrictive – Chambers Ireland Calls for Fresh Approach and Expansion of Payments

Chambers Ireland today (21 January 2020) calls on Government to substantially rethink and refresh the range of COVID-19 supports available to businesses over the coming months. Speaking this morning, Chambers

Revitalising Retail 2020 workshops by European Commission

In the wake of the pandemic – what does ‘A European retail sector fit for the 21st Century’ mean? Local decision makers were invited to find out more about the

Remote Work Strategy an Ambitious Vision for Future of Work- Chambers Ireland Calls for Acceleration of Broadband Plan

Chambers Ireland today (15 January 2021) welcomes the publication by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar of the National Remote Working Strategy “Making Remote Work”. The report commits to an acceleration of the

InBusiness Magazine Winter 2020

The seasonal Chambers Ireland magazine InBusiness Winter 2020 edition is now out and available to view at this link Download Featuring a plethora of useful business articles and interesting reads

Brexit

Click here for an updated list of contacts who can answer your queries regarding Brexit and Customs over the Christmas period. *The UK formally left the European Union on 31

Ballina Begin Together Fund Application

Ballina was fortunate to win the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards in 2020 in the 4-7k population category; a collaborative effort spearhead by Ballina Chamber of Commerce. As a

Ballina, Irelands Greenest Town

What was one of the very last big events in Co Mayo hosted by the Mary Robinson Centre; the 5th International Human Rights Lecture held in Ballina on March 6th

€100K worth of Ballina Shop Local Vouchers purchased in November!

In what has been a unprecedented year for the business community, there is some light at the end of tunnel for Ballina retailers; Ballina Chamber is delighted to announce it

Stay local, borrow local and spend local urges Ballina Credit Union

The new Loca-Fi campaign from Ballina Credit Union is encouraging people in the area to shop local this Christmas to help protect businesses and their employees during this critical time.

Chambers Ireland Announces Winners of 2020 Excellence in Local Government Awards- Mayo County Council named Local Authority of the Year 2020

Mayo County Council was named Local Authority of the Year at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards which took place today (26 November 2020). The 17th annual Awards ceremony

Planning for Ballina 2023 gets underway

Year-long series of events to celebrate anniversary of formal establishment of Ballina and deliver a legacy 2023 may feel like a lifetime away, especially from lockdown, but already, plans are

Things you can do NOW to support your trading this Lockdown

Miriam Simon is a Retail Strategist with over 25 years high level experience across the Multiples, Big Box Retail and Independents. Teaming up with the Chamber network across the country,

“Places Matter”- New Reference Guide Illustrates Chamber-Led Best Practice in Supporting Local Economies

Chambers Ireland has today (11 November 2020) published its ‘Places Matter’ – Chamber Guide to Best Practice in Collaboration and Local Economic Development. Supported by An Post, the ‘Places Matter’

Ballina Chamber President ask folk to think Local before shopping.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce has made an appeal to local consumers to make an effort and ‘shop for Ballina’ in your local town and region where possible to ensure that

Western Chambers Call for Increased Funding for Ireland West Airport Knock

On October 22nd, Galway Chamber, along with representatives from Ballina Chamber and fellow Chambers in Mayo and Sligo, met virtually with Minister of State for International and Road Transport and

Revenue update on changes to EWSS subsidy rates and payment schedule

Last Monday (19/10/2020) the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., announced that the rates of subsidy provided for under the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) will be revised to achieve

Ballina Fringe Festival in association with the Ice House Hotel premieres short documentary film exploring the art collection of the Ice House Hotel.

Ballina Fringe Festival in association with the Ice House Hotel continues until Sunday, October 18 October, and in one of the festival highlights this year, art lovers can enjoy a

Brand new street art by Maser boosts Ballina to coincide with start of Ballina Fringe Festival

Street artist Maser makes strong, colourful impact during his short visit Ballina has a brand new, bold piece of street art in the heart of the town, thanks to renowned

Mayo County Council shortlisted in 5 cateogories in the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020

Chambers Ireland today revealed the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020. In its 17th year, the Awards features a total of 86 projects from Local Authorities shortlisted

Expansionary approach to Budget 2021 – National Economic Plan must build on this.

The theme of the Chambers Ireland Budget submission is “Place” and through it we called on Government to support businesses to trade through the pandemic, by supporting liquidity, local economies

Business community calls for immediate clarification on potential new restrictions – evolved strategy for living with Covid-19 urgently required

This morning (5 October 2020) Chambers Ireland expresses concern at new advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team that the entire country should move to Level 5. Speaking this

Western Business Community Unite to Fight for Ireland West Airport Knock

The business community of Galway, Mayo and Sligo has united for the first time, to call with one voice for Government to respond to the challenges currently facing Ireland West

The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy

At the beginning of September, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE) published its Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy, which aims to give direction to

Chambers Ireland launches new research on digital learning and skills development during COVID-19 restrictions

Chambers Ireland today (22 September 2020) launches new data on engagement with training and life-long learning between the months of March and June. The survey polled businesses and employees to

Putting Place First – Government Budget 2021 stimulus must restore the health of our towns and cities

Chambers Ireland, supported by Ballina Chamber, launches its submission to Government detailing recommendations to be included in Budget 2021 and the longer term National Economic Plan. Aligned with the Sustainable

Become One of Ballina’s Swimming greats this September 13th by swimming the Moy Swim.

Great news in Ballina as the organisers of the Moy Swim announce the swim will take place in 2020, with a date now set for Sunday 13th September @ 3pm

Chambers Ireland Calls for National Co-ordinated Strategy on Managing Virus Needed to support Local Economies

Chambers Ireland has today (1 September) sent a letter to An Taoiseach Micheál Martin outlining the concerns of our members regarding the Government response to Covid-19 in advance of the

LETTER TO TAOISEACH ON ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW FORUM REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW RESTRICTIONS

Chambers Ireland supported by the Chamber network has written to the Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD asking that the Department of the Taoiseach establish a regular forum to discuss matters regarding

Taoiseach-led “Town Centre First” Initiative vital to national economic recovery stimulus package

In a submission to An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Chambers Ireland today (30 July 2020) calls for the establishment of an inter-departmental National Town Centre Taskforce to revive urban centres, address

JULY STIMULUS PACKAGE PUBLISHED

The Government has now published the July Stimulus Package, which aims to help businesses across Ireland recover & to return people to employment.The July Jobs Stimulus is the next phase in

Your Friday nights are about to get more interesting!

Friday Night Live from Ballina Music brings us together, even when we need to be apart. In that spirit, EAV- Event Audio Visual in collaboration with the Ballina Arts Centre

Chambers Ireland welcomes progress on Government Formation

Chambers Ireland today (15 June) welcomed progress in the formation of a new Government and the publication of a Programme for Government. Speaking this afternoon, Chief Executive Ian Talbot said;

MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE MEASURES TO HELP BUSINESSES GET BACK ON TRACK

As restrictions ease and businesses reopen their doors, Mayo County Council want to work with local business to assist them in getting their business back on track. Dedicated teams have

With our economy re-opening, the hard work is only beginning. Regional differentials risk being exacerbated

Chambers Ireland and our nationwide network of Chambers has today (10 June 2020) published results from a survey of the Irish business community. This survey sought to quantify and highlight

Operational Guidelines & related business supports from Fáilte Ireland

Some of you may have been listening to our CEO Paul Kelly on Morning Ireland just now. Fáilte Ireland has just published the sector specific operational guidelines for the tourism

Online trading a lifeline for business – additional funding welcomed by Chambers Ireland

Chambers Ireland today (8 June 2020) welcomes news from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, that the Trading Online Voucher

Progress in Reopening Economy Welcome – Retention of Financial Support in this phase critical, says Chambers Ireland

Chambers Ireland welcomes this afternoon’s announcement (5 June 2020) that the “Roadmap to Re-Opening the Economy” will be escalated and compressed to four stages, rather five, and that we can

In briefing with Minister for Finance, Chambers Ireland calls for certainty on COVID-19 financial supports and commitment on National Development Plan

Ahead of this morning’s (5 June 2020) Cabinet meeting, Chambers Ireland welcomed Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, in a digital briefing to Chief Executives and Directors of our network of

Data Crucial to Obtaining Supports for Business – Chambers Ireland Launches Latest COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Chambers Ireland is today (27 May) launching our latest Covid-19 business impact survey. The target of this survey are the business owners and operators around the country, both those whose

Half measures not enough – Chambers Ireland calls for significant expansion of supports to support business through COVID-19 catastrophe

Following today’s (22 May 2020) launch of the Restart Fund, Chambers Ireland calls on Government to urgently commit to increased funding and a more expansive approach, so that businesses of

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

From Ballina to Pennsylvania, Sarah’s Story By Paul Kostiak Part 2 In the first installment of this series I wrote of my great grandmother Sarah Carden. You may recall that

Chambers Ireland welcomes wellspring of supports from An Post

Following today’s (20 May 2020) announcement from An Post of its commitment of €2 million worth of practical supports for Ireland’s SMEs to get back to business, Chambers Ireland welcomes

Ballina famine movie wins Jury Prize at Athis-Mons Film Festival

Locally made short film “A Famine Portrait” has received the Jury Prize at the 11th DiViPassion Short Film Festival in Athis-Mons in Paris-Orly, the twin town of Ballina in France.

The Rising Ballina 2016

Living History Market Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April 1916 / 2016 Ballina Military Barracks, Market Square, Ballina Co. Mayo To commemorate the Easter Rising centenary, the Ballina Military Barracks

Ballina goes Mad this March

Easter comes early this year and with this in mind Ballina’s St Patricks Day Parade and Easter festival, combined and named ‘March Madness’ kicks off Thursday 17th March with St

Mayo Manchester 2016

Hands up if you love Ballina in Manchester The Mayo Diaspora old and new were out in force in Manchester to promote the West of Ireland in the city’s annual St

Is whiskey really a man’s drink? – Rachel Nolan

Being a woman and a whiskey drinker has a certain stigma but that is all changing.. and fast! Greta Garbo perhaps said it best when she uttered her very first

Through Streets Broad and Narrow

Shops of yesteryear a Step back in Time with James Reddiough   The streets in Ardnaree and Ballina as well as the environs had small shops that were family owned

Tom Ruane – Soldier and Politician recalled by James Reddiough

On the Sligo road in Ballina in North Mayo is the Municipal Park dedicated to the memory of one Tom Ruane,  but do the younger generations realise who he was? Tom played

March in the Garden

By Garret Michael of Archers Ballina  March is the first month that you can get out and tackle those jobs that you couldn’t face in the winter months. It’s a

North Mayo – Ireland’s final frontier

By David Horkan, Paddle and Pedal As an outdoor enthusiast and being fond of adventure I am never left without something to explore in this diverse landscape. Being based in

Ballina Junior Golf Programme

The Ballina Junior Golf Programme started in the Ballina Golf Club in 2014. Since the programme started our numbers have grown from 30 to an expected 165 in 2016, a

David’s new “undertaking” to lift Enniscrone to new heights

Our neighbours in Enniscrone will have a seriously exciting new arrival to the town within the next few weeks, if local businessman David McGowan has his way. Ballina locals will

Ballina Chamber Of Commerce AGM

Ballina Chamber of Commerce AGM recently took place at Ballina Manor Hotel, the event highlighted the Chamber’s focus on delivering a member-centric approach, encouraging networking between members and businesses and

Mixed news for Ballina in 2016 General Election

Mayo has opted to return just one of the two Ballina sitting TDs to the Dáil in the recent General Election, with Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary retaining his seat and