2016 Ballinamore 50th August Festival Aug 7th – 14th 2016

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Amazing line up of Free Entertainment includes :

Opening event Sunday afternoon, August 7th Mike Denver, followed by Ritchie Remo

Through the week : Lee Matthews, Gerry Guthrie, Abbaesque, Kevin Logue

all rounded off on Sunday 14th from 9pm with Robert Mizzel

Fun events throughout the week include

Binocular Soccer, Canoeing on the Canal, Kids Treasure Hunt, Dodgeball, The Bed Race, Ducking Chair and Canal Games, ending with FIREWORK DISPLAY Sun 14th

Highlight of the week Ballinamore Agricultural Show Tues Aug 16th

 

Joe Mooney Summer School

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Hamill’s in Ballinamore is a great base from which to enjoy the Joe Mooney Summer School in nearby Drumshanbo, July 16th to 23rd.  Visitors gather on the deck in the evening to share the days tunes, songs and stories www.joemooneysummerschool.com

 

 

Nathan Carter in Drumshanbo

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July’s entertainment calander is brimming with events for visitors to Hamill’s with Pat Shortt and Nathan Carter as part of the exciting lineup of entertainment at An Tostal Festival Drumshanbo starting June 25th  http://www.antostalfestival.ie/

 

 

Angling Holidays in Leitrim

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After Ballinamore’s best angling season in recent times, we are pleased to note that many of our regulars are already planning their 2015 angling holidays in Ballinamore.  We look forward to seeing you all back with us your next visit.

World Pairs Angling Championship 2014

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The World Pairs Angling Championship returns to the Ballinamore area this week.  Registration takes place in the Standing Stone Hotel on Sunday September 7th.  Anglers from all around the world will compete for very generous prize money.  We are pleased to welcome back to Hamill’s B&B the winning pair from the 2012 and 2013 championship and we wish Cathal Hughes and Philip Jackson and all our other competing guests the very best of luck for 2014.  It will be an exciting week with its closing ceremony at the Slieve Russell Hotel on Friday September 12th .

Ballinamore Angling Festival 2014

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Winner, Dara Finnegan

Winner, Dara Finnegan

The match anglers were back in town again for the IFI Ballinamore Angling Festival this week. The festival borne from the anglers competing in the World Pairs Angling Championship which highlighted the good fishing in the area has been resurrected to promote angling tourism in this part of County Leitrim. The Ballinamore Angling & Tourism Association who are keen to intereact with the anglers once again and get them returning to an area spoilt with accessible lake venues to include parking behind your peg at Gardice Lake, several loughs known for specimen hunting and pike angling and the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Ballinamore-Ballyconnell Canal, sponsored the event by a massive €500. All accommodation in the town of Ballinamore and surrounding area is equipped for the angler.

This coarse angling match only in it’s second year was fished entirely on Garadice Lake for ease of all entrants. A five day match with four rotating sections on both Haughton’s and Church Shore concluded with an open draw on the final day ensuring the end result was less easy to predict. The upper pegs at Haughton’s Shore and D section at Church produced the top weights of 26lb and 33lbs yet the catches were fairly consistent all round. The wet and windy conditions experienced all week made it difficult for the anglers who were mostly fishing the feeder with the pole only coming into play when the wind was low. Nets were full of Hybrids, with a few quality Roach coming in on the pole and several anglers netting Bream.

The festival was won by Roscommon angler Dara Finnegan, Ballyhaunis AC with 101lbs 07 oz. In second place with 98lbs 2oz was Peter Jones, Cork fishing the match for the second year followed in third by Enniskillen angler Gary Drew with 91lbs 8oz. Brian Bohan, Mohill gained a very respectable 4th place with 90lbs 15oz followed by Sam Merry, Leicester, UK who was very happy with his fifth position and 86lbs 3oz.

The match organisers, Ballinamore Tourism & Angling Association and all competitors would like to thank the IFI and local landowners for their cooperation with this event. Please refer to www.facebook.com/lakelandsanglingballinamore or www.irelandtravelplus.co.uk for details of the 2015 event which will be announced soon.

Ballinamore Angling Festival 2014

Sam Merry who stayed at Hamill’s Bed & Breakfast

Presentation night of Ballinamore Angling Festival May 2014-05-20  Monica Sharpley and Brian Mc Keon of Ballinamore Angling and Tourism committee presenting award to Dara Finnegan overall Festival winner

Presentation night of Ballinamore Angling Festival May 2014-05-20
Monica Sharpley and Brian Mc Keon of Ballinamore Angling and Tourism committee presenting award to Dara Finnegan overall Festival winner