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Ballina cuts a new Fringe

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Pictured at the launch of the Ballina Fringe Festival are Mayo North’s Anne Marie Flynn; sponsors Pearse Farrell and Bernie Keogh of The Ice House Hotel, Ballina; Ballina Municipal District’s Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Smyth; and tourism and marketing consultant Susan Heffernan, and (at front) Ballina Arts Centre director Sean Walsh. Pic: Henry Wills

Ciara Moynihan

Ballina Fringe Festival, a fledgling week-long arts festival, will run next month, from July 6 to 15. New it might be, but it has one of the country’s longest-running festivals to lean on for support: Ballina’s flagship Salmon Festival, now in its 54th year.  
The inaugural Ballina Fringe Festival will focus on how north Mayo, its landscape and heritage have contributed to the arts.
The line-up includes ‘Crossing the Firebreak: An Exhibition by Donald Teskey’, a rare Mayo exhibition encompassing Teskey’s 40-year artistic career, much of which has been inspired by his residencies at Ballinglen Arts Foundations and along the Wild Atlantic Way. The exhibition, which is being run in association with the Oliver Sears Gallery, can be viewed from July 6 to 27 at Ballina Civic Offices.
Other events include an evening with Paddy Casey; a variety performance based on ‘Heartland’, by Patrick McCabe; poetry readings by Vona Groarke, Tom French and Eamonn Grennan; and Paddy Cullivan’s show ‘The 10 Dark Secrets of 1798’.

Full festival details are available on www.ballinafringefestival.ie and Facebook, and tickets are on sale now.