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Ballina gearing up for 2017 Salmon Festival

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A large crowd attended the launch of Ballina Salmon Festival in Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday last, June 22, where the official programme of events was unveiled and a souvenir magazine launched.
Speakers helping to launch the event, one of the largest and longest-running festivals in Ireland included Mayo County Council Chief Executive, Mr Peter Hynes, who emphasised the importance of the event to both the local community and Mayo as a whole, and complimented the committee and volunteers for their effort. Cllr Seamus Weir spoke on behalf of the elected representatives, and Eva Dearie, Wild Atlantic Way Team Manager at Fáilte Ireland, spoke about the importance of delivering quality festivals and experiences along the route in order to encourage visitors to the county to slow down and spend more time in one place. 
Chair of Ballina Salmon Festival, William P Lewis said: “Ballina Salmon Festival gives the whole community an opportunity to demonstrate their pride in their place, their families, their clubs, their community and their town.
 It is our special celebration of life, giving us an opportunity to show the world the talented in our midst and the generosity of our spirits.”
The festival takes place from July 9 to 16, with a full daily programme of events, including a comprehensive children’s programme. Events include a spectacular choral event ‘Night at the Proms’, ‘A Celebration of Life through Irish Music, Song and Dance’, an appearance by country singer Johnny Brady and National Heritage Day.

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