"Ballina, Queen of the Moy Valley" Ballina by RhineRoll

Ballina Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 41 photos

Having been to Ballina for a couple of hours only, I don't think I'm really qualified for any specific comment on this town.

Ballina's main attractions seems to be its setting in the Moy Valley and the river Moy itself which is famous for salmon fishing. Apart from that, my impression is that Ballina is a quiet and quite authentic Irish county town bordering the more remote areas of North West Mayo. It is supposed to be the largest town in Mayo, but Castlebar feels bigger and busier.

When pronouncing Ballina, put the accent on the last syllable -- BallinA -- the name is phonetically derived from Gaelic "Beal an Atha" and when you speak that , it is quite natural that the last syllable dominates the expression.

Further down the Moy, Killala is supposed to be a beauty spot and the CeideFields archeological site isn't too far away either.

I came to Ballina with the specific goal to visit Leigue Cemetery -- you can read the story in my travel tip.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice Setting in the Moy Valley, authentic place, important for the rural and deserted hinterland
  • Cons:a bit sleepy
  • In a nutshell:if you're not into Salmon Fishing, not a prime attraction
  • Last visit to Ballina: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 17, 2004
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  • Colzy's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2009 at 3:17 AM

    Hi there Mr Roll. Does absence make the heart grow fonder? Saw Ballina on your travel page and was interested to see the difference to the Ballina I know... the conlcusion? Very different! :-)

  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Gaelic football on TV tonite from Ballina, so wanted to know where & what it is. Thanks. Not very peaceful game - battle really (Mayo v Dublin)

  • Bilimari's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2006 at 7:00 AM

    Very interesting and informative tip, Win. I see big and small monuments, plaques, marked stones, etc. every where in Ireland. They all must have interesting stories behind like this one.

  • hekate's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2004 at 7:15 AM

    Interesting tip indeed. I love to learn new things :))) And as you know, I find it important to visit cemeteries because they reflect the people's culture.


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