Ballinasloe Map and Tourist Information
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BALLINASLOE HORSE FAIR - The Farming Society of Ireland resolved to hold a "Show for reat cattle, sheep, pigs, draft horses and ploughing in Ballinasloe on Wednesday 1801". This therefore makes Ballinasloe Show the oldest in the country. A competition takes place during the day to find the best 3 year old horse to jump a simple fence. Meanwhile in the Showgrounds (opposite the green) a full Grand Prix jumping programme takes place during the day ending with an Interhunt competition made up of 16 teams. Monday is Showday for all, from horse to cattle, sheep, home produce, garden produce, export lamb carcass class, an all Ireland yearling Championship side saddle class, Broodmare Championship and horse driving class. While this is going on, the fair green is again full of every sort of horse for sale. Some of these compete in their classes and then go back to the green to be sold. Some great horses have been bought on the green and it was said that Napoleon bought his chargers from the Ballinasloe Fair. The week goes on with much entertainment, fashion shows, dog shows, singing and on Saturday Country fair day. Here we have a Show and sale of foals which takes place between the fair green and showgrounds. There is something for everyone during the week. The Ballinasloe fair is an annual event early in the month of October.
BALLINASLOE CASTLE - One tower and part of the curtain wall are all that remain of this building which commanded the bridge over the River Suck. Built by O'Kelly in the 14th century, it later belonged to the Earl of Clanrickarde, but was captured by Ireton (Cromwell's son-in-law) in the conquests of the early 1650s.
GARBALLY PARK - This is a scenic wooded estate near Ballinasloe and was formerly the seat of the Earl of Cloncarty and is now known as St. Joseph's College. The park is in private ownership.
GARBALLY COLLEGE - This fine Georgian mansion, which is not usually open to the public, on the west side of Ballinasloe, was built in 1824, by the Earl of Clancarty. It is now known as St. Joseph's College, and is the Catholic seminary for the diocese of Clonfert.
THE TOWN HALL - This Hall was built in 1846 and has been renovated to a very high standard.
DR. RUTHERFORD MONUMENT - Situated at the junction of Harris Road and Ard Mhuire it was erected by the people of Ballinasloe in appreciation of all the good work he did.
LE POER TRENCH MONUMENT - Situated near the top of Dunlo Hill it was erected in honour of Rev. Charles Le Poer Trench who was Archdeacon of Ardagh.
THE HARRIS MONUMENT - Matt Harris was a local patriot. He was a member of the Young Irelanders, the Fenians, the IRA, the Land League and was a member of Parliament for East Galway.
FISHING - Ballinasloe is the main angling centre on the River Suck, which is renowned for its Pike, Bream, Perch fishing in its more slugish sections and Trout in its tributaries.Cuuising on the Grand Canal (which terminates in Ballinasloe) and River Suck are also available.
Moycarn Lodge & Marina at junction 14, M6 motorway just 2 minutes away. Food served all day. 15 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. Free overnight birthing. A visit is a must when in the area. Tel: 090 9645050. www.moycarnlodge.ie