Ballina: The Merry Monk - Visit North Mayo

The Merry Monk is a family run business and is located five minutes from Ballina, Ireland’s salmon capital. They have been looking after locals and visitors alike for the past 23 years at this wonderful, award-winning bar, restaurant and function rooms. They have also just opened adjoining accommodation – The Belfry.

As part of the ‘People and Places of North Mayo’ series, meet Joe Lavelle, who along with his daughter Gillian and their dedicated, friendly and experienced staff make a visit to The Merry Monk such a warm and welcoming experience for locals and visitors alike.

The Restaurant

The award winning restaurant at The Merry Monk Ballina offers a really unique dining experience. Their team of professional chefs use only the highest quality of produce, all sourced locally.

🔸Did you know that they supply their kitchen and restaurant daily with fresh vegetables and salads grown chemically free on their vegetable farm?

🔸They also serve their unique daily speciality of Lamb, reared also on the green field of the Monk’s very own Lacken based farm!

This level of traceability from farm to fork is amazing and something that we applaud. With exquisite tastes’ all year round in a relaxed atmosphere, it is hard to beat this hidden North Mayo gem!

With Breakfast served all day, their award winning carvery running from 12pm – 4pm. Their delicious à la Carte menu on offer from 4pm – 9pm you will never be left hungry.

The Bar

Their bar offers homely and comfortable surroundings for a relaxing drink. Or if you choose to watch sporting events on one of our screens. Regular traditional music sessions are legendary here too, enjoy the best of our talented musicians and singers.

Function Rooms

Three function rooms are available for private functions or conferences.

– The Abbey Suite: A great venue for private parties, celebrations, get togethers and meetings or conferences. With a private bar and seating for up to one hundred guests in comfortable surroundings.

– The Conservatory Suite: Another great venue option for private parties, get togethers or meetings. Seating for seventy guests.

– The Garden Room: Ideal for smaller groups with seating for forty guests.

Accommodation at The Belfry

Their newly constructed accommodation facility is just next door. The Belfry offers nine modern and comfortably furnished en-suite bedrooms, a guest lounge with complimentary tea and coffee. Wi-Fi connection and private car parking are provided.

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From delicious dining, to large scale functions, a quiet pint or regular trad sessions. The Merry Monk is perfect for all. Not to mention a great place to stay! Pop The Merry Monk on your list of place to check out on your next visit to Ballina!

Contact Details

Address: Killala Rd, Kilmoremoy, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 D938

Website:; Email: [email protected];

Phone: +353 (0)96 73990

If you have time to spend in the area, why not check out one of our guides. 15 great things to do in North Mayo or 10 great places to visit within a one hours drive of Ballina.