Based along the banks of the Brosna River, a tributory of the world Famous River Moy, in Ballina, gateway to North Mayo, The Downhill House Hotel location is ideally situated among a variety of sporting, leisure and historical attractions so there's a wide variety of leisure options available to ensure your vacation is packed with activities.
Ballina Arts Centre...Based along the banks of the River Moy, Ballina's new Arts Centre, has developed a wide range of plans and programmes across the whole spectrum of art forms and practices, to develop audiences in anticipation of the newly dedicated space. The programme includes: Music development, endeavouring to achieve a balance between the major music forms and genres, including, classical, traditional, jazz, choral, world, folk, blues, Theatre and Dance. Further programme information can be accessed at http://www.ballinaartscentre.com/ or contact 096 73953
This is one of the most important Irish collections in the world. Its breadth and importance, once only known to its creator, is now being made available to all. The Jackie Clarke Library and Archive, based in Ballina, contains over 100,000 items including many unique documents that scholars had believed to be lost - sole surviving copies of publications, rare handbills and proclamations, unpublished manuscripts and political writings....
The Jackie Clarke Collection under the stewardship of Mayo County Council, will become an education and cultural centre of international significance. Mayo County Council has embraced the opportunity of showcasing this collection to the highest international standards. Mayo County Council has purchased a superb location to house the Jackie Clarke Collection; the former Provincial Bank which was designed by Thomas Manly Deane, architect of some of Ireland’s most impressive buildings including the National Library of Ireland. The Jackie Clarke Collection will be a world-class facility for those seeking ‘an authentic experience’ in Ireland.
Access to the Jackie Clarke Collection is by appointment only. Archival cataloguing of this vast collection is ongoing. Phase 1 restoration of the former Provincial Bank will be completed by May 2011. Phase 2 refurbishment for the new home of the Jackie Clarke Collection is expected to finish in 2012.
The Jackie Clarke Collection
Only 7 miles from Ballina, over the Co Sligo border, for years Enniscrone has been the seaside resort for much of Mayo. There are 5km of safe, clean golden beaches. For eight decades people have come to bathe in hot sea water and seaweed baths renowned for its therapeutic qualities at Kilcullens Seaweed Baths
Enniscrone offers the family a supervised playground and amusement parks. Enjoy the world famous18 hole championship golf links course at Enniscrone Golf Course, sand skiing, pitch 'n putt, boating and 7th Wave Surf School activities. Also there is fishing from the shore or on local lakes. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular sunsets and views over Killala Bay.
Waterpoint, ia an indoor water park. The wet area contains a kids fun pool, a 65 meter flume slide and heat suite with Sauna and Jacuzzi - it is a must for the family.
An ideal way to pass an afternoon, avail of riding lessons for the beginner and the more advanced. Try hacking through the Mayo countryside.
There are many Equesterian Centres to choose from in Ballina:
- Iceford Stables, Quay Road, Ballina - +353 (0)87 0555770
- Barnfield Equestrian Centre - +353 (0) 94 92 58175
- Ard Chuain Riding Stables, Sligo Road - 353 (0)96 45084
- Lisbeg Farm Stables - +353 (0) 96 26646
A short 20 minute drive there is a 10 pin in door bowling alley that has 15 lanes. Each lane has an A.M.F fully computerised graphic scoring system and automatic kiddy bumpers. For full details visit Mayo Leisure Point
Karting and Golf Driving Range is only 2km from Ballina - a fun way to improve your "drive". Surfing Take to the water with the latest craze - surfing. There are great surfing locations in the region including Enniscrone and Easkey. Lessons and equipment are available in Enniscrone from Seventh Wave Surf School or 087 - 9716389 / 087 - 2333789
If the little ones are bursting with energy bring them to Ireland's largest indoor play centre. A huge array of bouncy castles, climbing frames and obstacle courses. The adults can chill-out in the café while the kids are busy playing. For opening times please check with Tumble Jungle
For Something a little different why not try Flybow Traditional Archery?
Shooting range with 24 3D- animal targets. Lessons in instinctive shooting. Expert tuition. Groups/ school classes. Archery shop. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday - 11 - 10pm Cornelia + Harald Hoellrigl, Clooneigh, Cloghans, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Telephone 096 - 71993
Go on treat yourself
Kilcullen's Seaweed Baths
has been open for business in Enniscrone since 1912 offering hot sea water seaweed and steam health baths. Kilcullen's Seaweed Baths are famous the world over for acting as a natural aid to general wellbeing. Opening hours: 10 am - 9pm (7days); July and August 10 am - 10 pm
Activities in Ballina in 2012;
Ballina Salmon Festival 8th - 15th th July 2012 click on www.ballinasalmonfestival.ie for itinerary information
Detailed local activites can be accessed at the North mayo website www.northmayo.ie
Walks, Tours, Spirtual Activities and events organised by Ballina Tour Company Slainte Ireland Tours 00 353 (0)96 73311
Boat Trips on the River Moy - commencing in April to October, take a sightseeing river boat tour on the world famous River Moy, watch the seals diving in the water, and enjoy the sceneray along the Moy Valley Estuary, area of outstanding natural beauty, contact Michael Kilcullen for daily boat tour times; 087 2446902
A brief breakdown of what activities Ballina has to offer
- Sporting - Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Walking, Horse Riding, Bowling, Archery
- Leisure - Sea weed baths, Enniscrone Beech, Belleek Woods, Kids Tumble Jungle, Cinema, Ballina Park
- Historical - Ceide Fields,Ballycastle; Museum of Country Life, Turlough; Foxford Woollen Mills, Hennigans Heritage Farm, Mayo Heritage / Genealogy Centre, Crossmolina
- Religious - Knock Shrine, Knock; Fr Peyton Centre, Attymass, Ballina; Croagh Patrick, Westport; Ballintubber Abbey, Ballintubber