An extraordinary general meeting will be held next week to decide the future of the Ballina Salmon Festival, which is currently under threat.

One of Ireland's longest-running family festivals, it attracts over 250,000 people to Ballina each Summer for a week of events, including the National Heritage Day, International Evening, Mardi Gras and Children's Programme.

The festival's annual general meeting last week was poorly attended, according to outgoing Chairman Billy Lewis, who says a number of dedicated festival directors are stepping down, and new volunteers are needed to take up the mantle.

Mr Lewis says it's likely there may not be a Ballina Salmon Festival next year, unless more people are prepared to become involved.

All interested are being urged to attend the EGM of the festival next Thursday night 13th December at the Cot & Cobble in Ballina.

Billy Lewis, outgoing Chairman, told Midwest News that more volunteers are needed, or the festival may not go ahead in 2019....

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