March Madness Festival

Ballina goes Mad from March 15th - 28th

This year Ballina’s St Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations come together to form the March Madness Festival. Running from Tuesday the 15th to Monday the 28th, the festival catalogue is brimming with events to suit all ages.

On Tuesday the 15th March from 10 – 5pm head to the Jackie Clarke Collection for National Proclamation Day. The Collection will feature some amazing artefacts including a genuine proclamation! Come and take a tour of the fantastic 1916 Collection.

On Thursday the 17th March make sure not to miss the sights and sounds of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Ballina. The Parade will begin at 4pm and make its way from Convent Hill, down Tone Street and through the town.

On Saturday the 19th March, The Jackie Clarke Collection will host the Lucky Leprechaun Treasure Hunt  at 2pm to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There’ll be plenty of prizes and lots of fun to be had. Traditional music will be provided by the wonderful Maria Ruane and the Ballycastle School of Music.

On Saturday the 26th March from 2-4pm bring the kids down to the Jackie Clarke Collection for the Collection’s Easter Weekend festivities with Easter Egg Painting and a marvellous treasure hunt. Make sure not to miss this amazing day of fun!

On Sunday the 27th March from 2-5pm wander down to Belleek Woods and experience the Easter Bunny Express. The train will take you on a magical adventure through the woods. (€2 per child)

From Sunday to Monday as part of the March Madness Festival, the Jackie Clarke Collection will host a special two day Easter 1916 celebration. The Collection hosts the biggest Exhibition of 1916 material on show outside of Dublin so make sure you attend this very special event.

Finally if you’re looking for something more, make sure you check out the amazing local musical talent on offer in the town each weekend.

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