Heritage Day

  • 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.

     

  • It was another wonderful day in Ballina as Midwest Radio were out and about meeting the crowds at Heritage Day in Ballina. We had loads of guests and even more music - you can check it all here with some cracking performances from the local talent! 

     

  • Up to 40,000 people are expected in Ballina today for the annual Heritage Day - one of the highlights of the Ballina Salmon Festival.

    Gardai are advising that a traffic management plan will be in place throughout the day, and the town centre has been closed to traffic since early morning.

    Traffic from the Dublin Road and travelling towards Bonniconlon or Sligo should use Hill Street, which is remaining open today.

    Due to the large number of visitors expected, Gardai are advising that there will be a strict clampdown on illegal parking, and Gardai will tow away vehicles that are parked illegally.

    Meanwhile, the Garda Band will be one of the music highlights of Heritage Day, taking to the stage at Ballina Post Office between 2 and 4pm.