Friday 7th - Sunday 9th Sept. 2018

Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland

About Ballinasloe

Ballinasloe Crest

Ballinasloe has always served as a meeting point, situated as it is on the River Suck and was commonly a hosting area, for clansmen from local tribes. Indeed its name derives from Béal Átha na Sluaıghe, the Irish for “Ford-mouth of the Hostings”. The town continues to be known for its hospitality to tourists and is well situated as a touring base with great accommodation, restaurants, shops, and a plethora of leisure pursuits within close proximity.

The town is situated on the most eastern point of County Galway and is the largest town in the County with a population of over 7,500 people in both the urban & rural area. The Ballinasloe Great October Horse Fair, held annually during the first week of October, is acknowledged as being one of the oldest fairs in Europe and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Entertainment is at a premium in the town, in its hotels, pub and the Town Hall Theatre. For further details go to for a full listing of events in Ballinasloe.

The River Suck, on which Ballinasloe stands, is a tributary of the Shannon River and can now be navigated from close to Shannonbridge right to a state of the art Marina which is within a very short walk of the town centre.

Getting here

Ballinasloe is served by an excellent infrastructure being positioned on the M6 Motorway between Dublin & Galway, its Railway Station is served by the Galway - Dublin train services.

There are hourly Bus Services to both Dublin, Dublin Airport & Galway with both Bus Éireann and City Link.

Places to stay

There are a number of accommodation options in the town:

Shearwater Hotel, Marina Point, Ballinasloe
Tel: 090 96 403500

Gullanes Hotel, Main Street, Ballinasloe
Tel: 090 96 42220

Gibbons’ Pillar House Bar & Restaurant
Tel: 090 96 43939

MoyCarn Lodge & Marina
Shannonbridge Road, 
Tel: 090 9645050 

​Places to eat

Gibbons' Pillar House and Restaurant 
Tel:   090 96 43939

​Kariba's Restaurant and Coffee House 
Tel:   090 96 44830 

Venezia Restaurant 
​Tel:  090 96 46483

Noor Tandoori
Tel:  090 96 48111

Fusion Restaurant 
​Tel:  090 96 45419




About Larry

About Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds was a renowned Fiddle player from Ahascragh, Ballinasloe who emigrated to Boston over sixty years ago...Read more ›

Weekend Events

Weekend Events

There will Music, Traditional Singing & Sean Nós Dance workshops throughout the town with some of the finest tutors in the business...Read more ›