Ballina Gardai are advising people to expect very heavy traffic in the town today, as the annual Heritage Day takes place, along with the funeral of a popular Garda who died suddenly on Saturday evening.

50-year old Detective Garda Martin Mitchell of Killala Road, Ballina collapsed and died suddenly while out jogging in Belleek.

The father of two will be laid to rest today in Leigue Cemetery, following 11am Requiem Mass in St Muredach's Cathedral.

Gardai are expecting a large attendance at the funeral Mass, while up to 40,000 people are expected in Ballina today for Heritage Day - one of the highlights of the 2019 Ballina Street Festival.

Gardai are advising people to expect delays and obey the stewards on traffic duty.

 

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