Despite the rather risky weather, hundreds of people lined the streets for the 2019 Ballina/Killaloe St. Patrick’s Day parade and the organising committee would like to say a huge thanks to all those who helped make the day such a success.

  • Inspector Morgen O’Donoghue, Sergeant Annette Ryan and members of the Killaloe Gardaí for their excellent work in ensuring the safe and successful running of the parade
  • The Killaloe Coastguard Unit for their fantastic display of their services
  • Killaloe Fire Brigade
  • Our group of drummers who led this years’ parade, St. Patrick and our Piper Brian O’Connell
  • All the voluntary clubs & organisations, individuals and businesses who put so much work into preparing their floats for the day –

Ballina GAA Club; Ballina/Killaloe RFC, Birdhill FC, Birdhill Tidy Towns, Ború Tri-Club; CarPal, Derg Credit Union; Derg Credit Union; Fergus Collins Construction; Irish Taekwondo Academy, Killaloe 5th/22nd Scout Group, Kieran Scullane Home Improvements; Kilbane Tractor Run; Killaloe Garden Hire; Lough Derg FC, My Next Adventure; Smith O’Brien’s GAA and Vintage Tractor driven by John Bowman

  • We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the floats who continued from the Green to Lakes Nursing Home to entertain the many residents who were getting into the spirit of our feast day
  • Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre for their continued support,
  • Our sponsors, without whom the running of such a successful parade would not have been possible:

Main Sponsors of this year’s event: Tipperary County Council and Technopath Clinical Diagnostics.

  • Allied Irish Bank, Birdhill Tidy Towns, Brian Ború on the Hill, Car Pal, Collins Pharmacy Ballina, Derg Credit Union, Farrell’s SPAR, Fergus Collins Construction, Fine Rags, Flanagan’s on the Lake, Gooser’s Bar & Restaurant, Grogan’s Pharmacy & Optician’s, Harry Brann Auctioneers, Irish Taekwondo Academy, Kieran Scullane Home Improvements, Kilbane Tractor Run, Killaloe Garden Hire, Killaloe Post Office, Larkin’s Gala, Lough Derg FC, McKeogh’s Hardware, Scoop’s Ice-Cream Parlour, The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre, & Walsh’s Bar.
  • The dignitories who attended the parade and those who were present on the reviewing stand – Councillor Fiona Bonfield, Councillor Phyll Bugler, Timmy Dooley T.D, Fr. James Grace, Councillor Mattie McGrath, Inspector Morgen O’Donoghue, Fr. Tom Lanigan-Ryan, Councillor Tony O’Brien

We would also like to thank the following who, due to other commitments, were not able to attend on the day – Cllr. Joe Cooney, Councillor Ger Darcy and Sadie Scanlan.

  • Mike McGrath Haulage for providing the reviewing stand for the parade
  • Killaloe Flowers for beautifully decorating the reviewing stand for the celebrations
  • Ballina Engineering who kindly provided our steps for the reviewing stand
  • Mike McKee for providing the PA for the day
  • Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre for their continued support,
  • Ballina GAA for use of the complex,
  • The parade stewards & all those who helped out with the preparations on the day
  • Our volunteer photographers who did a great job capturing the parade – Dennis Kennedy and Robert Fairfield

We would also like to congratulate the winners on the day –

Best Overall Float: Fergus Collins Construction;

Best Business Float: Killaloe Garden Hire;

Best Topical Float: Birdhill Tidy Towns;

Best Comical Float: Lough Derg FC;

Best Club Float: Killaloe 5th/22nd Scouts;

Special Merit Award: The Irish Taekwondo Academy

Best Dressed Window: Collins Pharmacy, Ballina

We look forward to seeing you for Féile Brian Ború 2019 which this year will take place on the later dates of from Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st July.
Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Feilebrianboru) to get updates on this years’ festival.

Photo Credit: Denis Kennedy

We are delighted to announce that this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday 17th March 2019.

The parade will start from Ballina GAA complex at 2:30pm, travel through Ballina, across the bridge, finishing in the Green in Killaloe.

All local businesses, clubs and individuals are encouraged to take part on the day. All entries must complete a St.-Patricks-Day-parade-application and return to the committee.

Prizes will be presented in the following categories –

  • Best Overall Float
  • Best Business Float
  • Best club/voluntary group
  • Best Comical Float
  • Best Topical Float
  • Special Merit Award

A prize will also be presented to the business or home with the best dressed window in Ballina & Killaloe.

For further details or booking, please contact 087 261 5406 or e-mail: info@feilebrianboru.com

A huge thank you to all those who came along to the unveiling of our two plaques outside Killaloe Library yesterday morning.
These pieces were commissioned by the Féile Brian Ború committee, which grant assistance from the Heritage Council, and work began on them during Féile Brian Ború 2018 in July.
The first sculpture depicts  Sinann – the Goddess of the River Shannon.
Under the experienced tutorage of Mark Wilson, Artist and Blacksmith, this piece was planned and prepared by the Circle of Friends group based in Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre. The group came together yesterday to unveil this plaque, showing the team effort that went into researching, planning and preparing this wonderful piece of art. Group member Harriett Moore then read a story which explained how Sinann became known as the Goddess of the Shannon.
The second piece depicts the Salmon of Knowledge and this piece was worked on during Féile Brian Ború 2018 in July. 
This piece was unveiled by Ailish Conacur, the granddaughter of the late historian, Seán Kierse.
Seán himself unveiled a copper sculpture which again was commissioned by the Féile Brian Ború in 2014 to commemorate the millennial anniversary of the death of King Brian Ború at the Battle of Clontarf.
We felt it very fitting to have Ailish unveil one of our plaques and we would like to thank her and her family for being a part of the day.
We would also like to thank all those who were involved in this project – Mark Wilson & team; Circle of Friends Social Group; staff of the Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre; Deirdre Scanlan who provided musical entertainment on the day and the Killaloe Library for allowing us to mount these pieces of art in a perfect location in our beautiful twin-towns.
Both plaques will be permanently mounted outside Killaloe Library in the coming week or two, which is the perfect location on the bank of River Shannon. We hope you will enjoy them for years to come.

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

January 11th, 2018 | Posted by arlenewhite in Arts | Entertainment | Family | Fun | Music - (0 Comments)

Ballina/Killaloe St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Plans are well underway for this year’s parade and it’s guaranteed to be full of music, entertainment, colour and fun!

This year’s parade will leave Ballina GAA Complex @ 1pm and it will follow the usual route, finishing in the Green, Killaloe.

We are encouraging all businesses, clubs, organisations and individuals to get involved and enter a float – All creative interpretations are welcome!

To register an entry, please contact John Grimes 086/2587819 or Paddy Collins 087/2615406 or e-mail info@feilebrianboru.com for a registration form.

Prizes will be presented on the day for the best entries. A prize will also be presented on the day for the business or home with the Best Dressed Window so if you would like to help add colour to the streets of Ballina/Killaloe by decorating your window(s), please e-mail to info@feilebrianboru.com.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the 2018 Ballina/Killaloe St. Patrick’s Day Parade in style!

We need you!

The organising committee are looking for volunteers on the day to assist during the parade. If you are interested in stewarding or you are a First Aider and would like to help out please contact John Grimes 086/2587819 or Paddy Collins 087/2615406 or e-mail info@feilebrianboru.com

From Wednesday 1st July – Sunday 5th July 2015, experience a variety of fun activities including, historical guided tours, a stunning Fireworks display over the river Shannon, Traditional Craft Experience, Animal Magic with their amazing display of animals, Strut your Mutt Fun Dog Show, Children’s Art Competition, Art exhibitions & displays, Street Theatre, Live Music, Table Quiz, Farmers Market, Shannon Swim, Canoe Polo and much, much more!

Féile Brian Ború 2015 Highlight – Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS will play LIVE in concert in The Lakeside Hotel on Sunday 5th July. Renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 37 years. Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A FUREYS concert  is always a night to remember. Tickets €20. For further information and tickets, contact The Lakeside Hotel T: 061-376122.

Féile Brian Ború 2015 – Fun for all the family guaranteed!

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This year’s Féile Brian Ború got off to a great start with Tommy Tiernan performing a sellout show at the Lakeside Hotel on Thursday. Highlight of the first weekend in an action packed 10 day schedule was Sunday’s children’s parade. Hundreds of children from primary schools on both sides of the river came together during the week to craft costumes, and on Sunday, a  river of colour and sound poured across the bridge. Also on Sunday, the Feile Feis was a busy day for dancers with some super performances given.

Butterly preparation for the parade

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Events didn’t slow down after the weekend. The new week brought culture galore with Harp workshops and storytelling from the master of tales, Eddie Lenihan, and the weather on Monday held out for a wonderful guided historical walk. More of these will be running during the rest of the festival.  There are dozens of events on over the next few days, with something to suit everyone. Mary Coughlan, Richie Hayes, Canal tours, Féile singing, Spin on the Street and a not-to-be missed performance from the National Harp Orchestra at the Cathedral. Saturday and Sunday are busy with 30 unique events running over the weekend.

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Feile Feis at the Lakeside

Feile Feis at the Lakeside

This year the Féile has introduced an historical re-enactment of Brian Boru’s camp at Cathedral Quay. From 11.30 on Saturday you can observe battle tactics, warriors competing, combat trials and at 4.30pm  a full battle! On Sunday, observe a traditional Brehon trial, and a battle at 3.30pm. Saturday night’s Feile Pageant on the Green at 8pm will bring history to life, and culminate in fireworks from 10.30pm. Sunday has plenty to do with Garden Fete, Farmer’s Market, Viking long boat racing,  animal magic, dog show and lots more.

Pop Up Playhouse Art

Pop Up Playhouse Art

We are delighted to launch the new Feile Brian Boru website.

You will see signs throughout the site that the Feile is increasing in scale and ambition as we move towards 2014.

This has been made possible by an expanding team of professionals giving their time to advise and assist with all aspects of the event.

If you would also like to be involved, please get in touch and you can be part of a truly inspiring community collective effort.