Ballina has an annual Salmon Festival which incorporates music, food, crafts and
entertainment and of course, salmon. It is fast becoming one of the best festivals in the country. For one
week every July, the town is a hive of activity, appealing to young and old alike, with a host
of events, incorporating music, art and heritage, as well as a variety of cultural activities,
showcasing the best of Mayo.
Killala Bay is formed out of the estuary of the River Moy and straddles counties Mayo and Sligo, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way route. It has long been a place for famously good salmon fishing, a fact that became internationally known in part due to the second home of the Republic of Ireland’s football team manager, Jack Charlton.
There is something profoundly literary about the life of a salmon. Born into the waters of a river, they head to the mouth of the river at a young age, fattening up and preparing for the changes in water salinity that they will experience as adults.