A Discover Killaloe & Ballina festival on April 14-15 has been organised by local Junior Minister Alan Kelly as part of the lead-up to the Brian Ború Festival 2014.
“I have worked to set up this festival, and am subsequently delighted that Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland are running with it. It is planned that this festival will mark the start of what is to be a three-year plan regarding the increasing promotion of the area which builds up to the major event in 2014. I have been working extensively with locals and the Brian Ború committee to organise this brilliant weekend festival and have met with them a number of times. The aim of this two-day event is to highlight the fabulous heritage, culture and fun family activities available in the area. Local businesses will open their doors to the public, running various activities and demonstrations for free.
“As a local, I have a huge interest in the promotion of the area as an excellent tourist area and I am committed to involving myself and supporting anything that highlights the wonderful collection of things that this area has to offer,” he said.
The proposed activities will cover arts, crafts and drama, water activities;- demonstrations and try for free sessions - walking and heritage tours, face-painting, bouncy castles, street games and live music. Local restaurants, retail outfits and pubs will also have samples of their wares on offer to the public.
“This is a real opportunity for people all over Ireland to get a taste of what will be organised for 2014. There is sure to be a real buzz in the area during the festival and the atmosphere is going to be brilliant. I would urge everyone to attend and sample the best of what the locality has to offer”, he said.