Experience Ballinasloe - "Something for Everyone" Tourism Weekend 26th to 28th May 2023
A number of activities for locals and visitors to experience:
These events are being coordinated by the Ballinasloe Tourism Group set up under the umbrella of Ballinasloe Area Community Development Clg. All general enquiries can be made to Lyn or Martina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 09096 46516.
Gullanes hotel €139 per night per room
Shearwater Hotel €200 per night per room
Moycarn Lodge & Marina €140 per night per room
Gibbons B&B €70 per night per room
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Venue: Gibbons Bar
Time: 9pm to 11pm Friday 26th May
An evening’s entertainment of Song, Music, Storytelling and Dance to recapture the spirit of the rambling houses which were a big feature in Irish Rural Life. Complimentary light bites of Traditional Irish Food
Enquiries: Claire: 0879574582
Guided Bog Walk from Ballinasloe to Clonfert
Location: Starting Point at Gun Club & Lismanny Board walk
Time: 9am & 11.15 am Saturday 27th May
Walkers will meet at Gullanes car park at 8.45 am and bus transferred to the Gun Club for 9.00 am walk start. The group will stop at Lismany board walk for lunch (approx. 11.15am) where tea/coffee will be provided.
Walk Details: Commence at Ballinasloe Gun Club, along the Grand canal towpath ( following the Hymany way route) past the aqueduct where the Grand Canal and Ballinure river meet, and on to the Lismanny Boardwalk where there is a break for lunch. After the break continue past Kylemore School house and church, along a track, through a forest path alongside Kylemore bog, then bog tracks and finish at Clonfert Cathedral where a bus will be waiting to drop all walkers back to start of walk at Ballinasloe Gun club/Gullanes Hotel
Meet bus in Lawrencetown village at 11 am and brought by bus to Lismanny boardwalk (53.2628805, -8.1564162, 7R7V+5C4) at 11.15 am.
Walk Details: Join the group for the second half of the walk along tracks, forest and bog to Clonfert Cathedral. where a bus will be waiting to drop all walkers back to start of walk at Laurencetown/Ballinasloe Gun Club/Gullanes Hotel
The walk will be guided by Claire Kelly & Fiona Maguire. Claire is an ecologist and will explain the expansive biodiversity and eco systems along the route. Fiona Maguire is a local archaeologist who will talk about the rich cultural heritage along the route.
The terrain is a mix of road and grassy trails so please be mindful of footwear. We advise walkers to have good walking boots/shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather to ensure your greatest comfort and safety.
Please remember to have water to keep you hydrated, and snacks for along the way if you so wish. We will provide Tea/ Coffee for the stop scheduled at Lismany boardwalk.
Enquiries: Brid Lyons on 0874136769
NB: THIS WALK IS FOR MODERATE LEVELS OF FITNESS & AT PARTICIPANTS OWN RISK
All persons participating in this event being organized by Ballinasloe Area Community Development (BACD Clg) do so at their OWN RISK. By purchasing ticket for the event you herby agree to accept all Responsibility. BACD Clg nor its Directors, Volunteers or Employees accept any Responsibility whatsoever caused by any injury or damage suffered by any person participating in this event.
Guided Tour Ahascragh Distillery
Venue: The Old Mill Shop & Café
Time: 11am & 12pm Saturday 27th May
Duration: 45 mins
Details: Be one of the first cohorts to tour the newest Irish distillery transformed from a nineteenth century mill into an eco-distillery and visitor centre exploring Irish whiskey making and the future of the Ahascragh spirit.
The tour will start in the café with an insight into some history of Ahascragh and the old Mill then the tour will be taken over to the distillery for a guided tour and will return to the café for a sample tasting of some of our products.
Cost: €15 per person
Enquiries: email@example.com or 090 9688935
Boat Cruise on River Suck
Venue: Shannon Bridge to Ballinasloe along the River Suck
Time: Boat departs Shannonbridge 4pm ( bus pick up in Ballinasloe @ 3pm) Saturday 27th May
Duration: 2 Hours
Details: Cruise along the majestic River Suck to Ballinasloe onboard the luxurious, all-weather River Queen. Snap photos and enjoy unsurpassed views of this spectacular waterway with live on board entertainment and full bar facilities. 2 Drop of points on way back 1) Moycarn Marina and 2) Ballinasloe Marina
On arrival at Moycarn Lodge, A complimentary glass of Bubbly and Chef's Canapes will be served on the Marina to welcome you.
Cost: €20 per person
Enquiries: Lyn on 0863070579
Tour of Battle of Aughrim
Venue: Aughrim Interpretive Centre
Time: Sunday 28th @ 10 am
Details: Meet Michael and Abbie at the Battle of Aughrim Visitor Centre (H53 KH51) on Sunday 28th May at 10am for a journey through the fields surrounding Aughrim village. These seemingly ordinary-looking fields were the site of the last pitched battle fought in Ireland- and the bloodiest, with approximately 7,000 men losing their lives in the most significant battle of the Williamite War in Ireland. You'll learn all about the events leading up the battle, the key characters involved, and its impact on Ireland's history. You'll also have the opportunity to handle replica weapons, uniforms, and props of the era. The tour will take approximately 2.5hrs on foot over sometimes rough terrain, taking in Kilcommadan Hill, St. Ruth's Bush and Fort, and the ruins of Aughrim Castle - all key locations on that fateful July day in 1691. Suitable clothing and footwear are advised.
Cost: €20 per person
Enquiries: Mike 0878160971
Kayaking on River Suck
Venue: Moycarn Marina
Time: 1pm & 2pm Sunday 28th.
Details: Kayak along the river Suck with an experienced guide who will take you along the banks of the River Suck to give you a unique view of the countryside. Small Groups, No kayaking experience required. We will supply kayaks, buoyancy aids, helmets and paddles.
Meet at Moycarn Marina 15 minutes before start time. Wear old runners, tracksuit bottom or shorts, a t shirt and a wind breaker, or under-armour type top. If you have your own wetsuit, feel free to wear it but not a necessity.
Duration of activity: 1 hour
Queries: Leo : Lets Enjoy Outside: 086 8406726
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