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Founded in 1462 with its first of many Monasteries which line the banks of the River Moy, Ballina is the seat of St. Muredachs Cathedral, built in 1829. The market town is laid out in Georgian fashion and surrounds the old Georgian Military Barracks built in 1742.
The main street, Pearse Street, is a fine example of Georgian and Victorian architecture and is the main shopping district and commercial centre. The large ascendancy house of the town, Belleek Castle is a Victorian masterpiece. Home of the Knox Gore family for centuries, it is now a boutique hotel and visitor attraction surrounded by the Belleek woods and river walks.
The town is the starting point for exploring the Monasteries of the Moy; Killala and the Ceide Fields; and Foxford Woollen Mills. It is also the birthplace of Mary Robinson who has been President of Ireland, UN Commissioner, and a human rights campaigner. Her family home is on the west bank of the river and is being turned into the Mary Robinson Centre. Another attraction within the town is the Jackie Clarke Collection, located on Pearse Street.
- Pearse Street - a fine example of Georgian and Victorian architecture
- Belleek Castle, a boutique hotel and visitor attraction
- The Belleek woods and river walks
- The Jackie Clarke Collection, comprising over 100,000 artefacts of Irish history
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Ballina Heritage Town,
T: +353 (0) 96 761 00
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DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Ballina has numerous cafés and restaurants with a range of dining options.
There are several shopping options in Ballina and surrounds.
Car and coach parking available throughout the town.
Ballina is located on the west side of County Mayo, by the County Sligo border. It is part of the Wild Atlantic Way route.Ballina Heritage Town Nearby Attractions