Now that a very successful St. Patrick’s Day parade has finished, the committee would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped make it happen – 

Our parade sponsors: 

Tipperary County Council; Clare County Council/Cllr Tony O’Brien; A Secure; Ballina Handball Club; Brain Ború on the Hill; Ború Blazers; Car Pal; Collins Pharmacy Killaloe; Derf Credit Union; Derg House Cafe; Farrell’s Centra; Fine Rags; Flanagan’s on the Lake; Green Cross Pharmacy; Harry Brann Auctioneers; The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre; McKeogh’s Hardware; O’Donovan’s Insurance. 

We put out a call for help with the parade and were blown away with the response we received locally from our local communities from people of all ages – we would like to say a huge thanks to all our parade stewards: 

Carla Abad; Aminata Dabo; Hannah Dillon; Tara Doolan; Rory Grogan; Rhys Kenny; Caoimhe Moran; Mark Mulcahy; Fionn McKeogh; Ryan McKeogh; Donal O’Brien; Kate O’Callaghan; Jack Scullane & Luath Walsh; Dmytro; Kamil; Serhii; Valerii; Vitalii; Vladyslav & Yehor; 

Aleksandra Anson; Karl Connolly; Celia Donoghue; Frank Free; Tarsila Felix; Donal Gleeson; Phil Glendinning; Liza Keane; Ben Kiely; Joe Mayo; Oisín Meagher; Rosari Mockler; Pius McGrath; Elaine McKegh; Chris O’Neill; Claire O’Sullivan; Tony Rafferty; Bobby Reynolds. 

We hope you enjoyed this years St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Féile GALA

July 10th, 2023 | Posted by arlenewhite in Entertainment | Family | Fun | Sport | Water Activities | Youth - (0 Comments)

Great Fun & Games was had at the Féile Pool Gala.

For the older Children the “Divestick Challenge” proved to be the most popular event once again. With Tag Team and single events the Kids were put through their paces at the Deep end.

At the Shallow end there were various cross pool Races, Ball in a lifebuoy event , Armband races to keep the small kids busy. All the kids received medals & a Goody bag at the end of a great morning.

Big thanks to our event leader Cliona, Lifeguards Luke, Dylan & Isabella, Mary who looked after refreshments, Pool Supervisor Paddy and Lisa for organising the treats.

A Big thanks to the Féile Brian Boru Committee for all their assistance.

As part of Féile Brian Ború 2022, we held a virtual children’s art competition.
We had so many entries our judges had a very tough job picking the winners, BUT here they are –

0-3 years –
1st – Senan Ronayne Age 3
2nd – Alexander Gough Coleman Age 1

4-6 years –
1st – Maxime Jang Age 6
2nd – Leo Ryan Age 5
3rd – Cathal Monaghan Age 5

7-9 years
1st – Elle Murray Age 7
2nd – Éile Ronayne Age 8
3rd – Roisin Harte Age 8

Hugh congratulations to all.
We will be in touch with the winners soon to deliver their prizes.

2nd Prize (joint winners) – BOX OF SIX MUFFINS EACH FROM BLESS CAFÉ – Maxime & James Howard
WINNER – PIZZA FOR 2 IN PONTE VECCHIO – Jack and Femke Schregardus

Art Competition Winners

July 13th, 2021 | Posted by arlenewhite in Art Trail | Arts | Family | Fun | Workshops | Youth - (0 Comments)

Congratulations to all the winners of our art competition – “Your Favourite Place on a Plate”
Thanks to Scoops for their ice-cream vouchers

All the pieces of art entered are currently on display in Crotty’s window on Bridge Street (across from RAW)

0 – 4 year olds: 
1st – Cathal Monaghan Age 4
2nd – Rody Cronin Age 3 and a half
3rd – Ebony Harty Age 2
5 – 6 year olds:
1st – Elle Murray Age 6
2nd – Ronan Fleming Age 5
3rd – Maxime Howard Age 5
7 – 9 year olds:
1st – Nora Neylon Age 7
2nd – Emily Monaghan Age 8
3rd – Liam O’Brian Age 8
10 + years: 
1st – Anna Fleming Age 11
2nd – Emily Seymour Age 10
3rd – Lucy Bradwell Age 11


On the recommendation of the National Public Health Emergency Team, we have decided to postpone the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day parade –

we hope to run this at a later date and will keep you posted! We did not make this decision lightly.

Sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Feile Brian Boru Children’s Art

July 22nd, 2019 | Posted by arlenewhite in Arts | Family | Fun | Music | Youth - (0 Comments)

The Feile Brian Boru Children’s Art competition took place on Saturday 20th in Killaloe Library. Over 60 children took part and created some amazing artwork.

The judges had a really hard job but the winners on the day were:

0 – 3 years
1st – Rian O’Connell
2nd – Maia Cooney
3rd – Logan Tucker

4 – 6 years
1st – Laoise
2nd – Ryan Murphy
3rd – Doireann Moloney

7 – 9 years
As there were so many fantastic entries in this category, the judges awarded joint 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes.
1st – Ryan Crotty & Elle Jorgensen
2nd – Grace Nagle & Tegan Muldoon
3rd – Emma Kenny & Louise Ryan

1st – Kristina Horenberg & Tori Muldoon (Joint Prize)
2nd – Tara
3rd – Caoimhe Moloney

Huge thanks to all who helped with thus event – Killaloe Library, Bridge House Studios & Benson Box.
Thanks to Mike Quigley for some great photos!

Everyone enjoyed some drumming with the Fuinneamh Community Drum afterwards

Feile Brian Boru 2019 is almost upon us and we have another jam-packed programme of events this year.
Events include: Feile Fireworks; Fly-Boarding displays; Traditional Family Fun Day – Archery, Games, Mini-Zoo; Strut Your Mutt Dog Show; Walks, Talks and Guided tours; Photographic Exhibition; Kayaking, Sailing, Canadian Canoe Races; 
Shannon Swim; Pond Dipping; Workshops for all – Art, Drama, Gardening, Natural Skincare; Mobile Theatre; 
Fuinneamh Drum; Brass Band; Beat on the Street; Craft Fair; Farmers Market, and much more…….
Printed programmes will soon be available in local shops and businesses and our full programme is now available on our website

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.
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Photo Credit: Denis Kennedy

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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Harp Workshops

June 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Music | Workshops | Youth - (0 Comments)

Trying out their harp skills at one of the workshops at Quay arts.  Workshops continue to run during the week, for the over 9’s. See here for more information.


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