Annual Welcome Home Festival at Great National Hotel Ballina - Visit North Mayo

Annual Welcome Home Festival at Great National Hotel Ballina

Join Gerry Flynn Music & Dance Holidays at the Great National Hotel in Ballina, County Mayo for 7 days and nights of dancing to top class entertainment, céilis, set-dancing and the best of country music, featuring:

💃 A Civic Reception Arranged For The Group
💃 A Treasure Hunt With Great Prizes
💃 A Presentation On The Area’s Local History

Gerry Flynn Music & Dance Holidays are delighted to be going to Ballina in Co. Mayo in 2023 and bringing our long – established WELCOME HOME FESTIVAL to the Great National Hotel, to participate, enjoy and share in the 300th anniversary celebrations of our lovely old town in North County Mayo. If you have connections with the area, then this wonderful milestone is an event not to be missed and even if you don’t have connections, you will still be made heartily welcome. Céad Míle Fáilte (pronounced Kay-ed Meal-a Fall-Cha) is a well – known Irish greeting and it means a Hundred Thousand Welcomes! These welcomes are waiting for everyone and if this is your first visit to the area then I can assure you that there are an extra couple of welcomes reserved just for you!

Ballina nowadays is a fine town located at the mouth of the world famous River Moy. It was granted it’s charter in 1723 and there are many thousands of individuals around the world with connections to the area and would love to be able to visit during this celebratory year, so we are the lucky ones and make sure you reserve your room as soon as you finish reading this introduction.

This really is an occasion NOT to be missed. Do join us on this very special trip to North Mayo and experience at first hand the sincerity of the welcome in the west, the depth of friendship, the wonderful music, the brilliant dancing and the mighty craic that permeates all our special events! Not to mention that on this occasion, you will also be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery, experience the relaxed pace of life and marvel at one of the longest and most spectacular scenic coastal routes in the world – YES, the Wild Atlantic Way, on the doorstep! All of this is available for you in BALLINA 2023, together with our usual program of afternoon and evening trad music sessions, (bring your own instrument!), plus several workshops and tutorials in sets and social dancing together with a full programme of evening Céilís, and Country Music and featuring a fantastic selection of our regular entertainers. Because it is such a special year, each individual on the event will be presented with a certificate to mark the occasion of your visit!


The Great National Hotel is a fairly new, brilliant four star hotel just a few minutes from the centre of Ballina.

It consistently delivers at a high-quality level and we know that you will enjoy your time spent here. Although your stay is on a dinner bed and breakfast basis, lunch is also available in McShane’s Bar and Bistro and it is here that we will be hosting our sessions during the week. The bedrooms are really comfortable and spacious and have all the usual facilities but also include free wi-fi. Plus, there are a host of other fabulous facilities available for you, including the spa which offers a range of relaxing treatments for peace and tranquillity and the swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gym. In fact, there is that much to keep you occupied and enjoying yourself you’ll hardly have time to leave the place. It is perfect for hosting this event and we know that you will in fact have a superb holiday.


💃 Meet and Greet on arrival in Ballina
💃 Seven Nights Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast in the Great National Hotel
💃 Great entertainment each day
💃 Dancing every evening to suit all tastes in both ballrooms (Ceili & Country)
💃 Classes daily in Céilí, Sean Nós, Ballroom, Jive and Salsa
💃 Civic Reception for the group
💃 Treasure Hunt with fantastic prizes (eg. free return trip for car and passengers)
💃 Optional excursions to places of historical or natural interest.
💃 A presentation on the history of Ballina and surrounding area
💃 A certificate to acknowledge your presence in Ballina during this special year.
💃 Full time services of the event team
💃 No hidden extras or spurious taxes. The price shown is the price you pay
💃 All monies secured in our trust account
💃 Easy Payment terms available
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💸 Per person based on two sharing: €670 /£585
💸 If travelling from UK with car + 2 on the ferry: £685 p/p
💸 If travelling from UK with car + 4 on the ferry: £649 p/p
💸 PLEASE NOTE; No more single rooms available.

Great National Hotel Ballina