The Ballina Salmon Festival will not go ahead this July.
In a statement on the Festival’s Facebook page today it states that “after much deliberation, it is with a heavy heart that the Directors of the Ballina Salmon Festival announce that the festival for 2019 has been postponed. This decision has not been taken lightly”.
Tracey Smyth PRO of the festival told Midwest Radio’s Tommy Marren this morning that the festival has experienced a difficult period since the end of the 2018 festival.
Ahe explained that his, coupled with increased insurance and general festival costs have resulted in the decision that the 2019 Festival will not go ahead.
A new and revised Festival will be revised for 2020.
Local Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara says that with so many families and visitors already having planned their holidays around this year’s event, he is calling for a shorter or smaller scale festival – but he told Midwest News that something needs to happen in Ballina over that week.
Cllr Annie Mae Reape says she understands that a bigger, better Festival is being planned for 2020 and she hopes that the town and the environs who benefit so much from the Festival will come on board to assist in any way possible, be that as volunteers, as event co-ordinators or as sponsors.