The much-anticipated 31st annual Féile Brian Ború is set to return to the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina, promising a vibrant celebration of heritage, culture, and community from July 3rd to July 7th. This year's festival marks a significant milestone as we welcome back the Vikings for the first time since 2014/2015.

A Collaborative Community Celebration

This year's festival is a testament to the spirit of collaboration, with various groups and businesses across Ballina and Killaloe coming together to create a rich and diverse program. The festival is designed to offer something for everyone, from historical walks and drama workshops to Viking reenactments and creative activities for all ages.

Wednesday, July 3rd: Stepping Back in Time

The festivities kick off with a Guided Historical Walk at 7:30 pm. Join Killaloe Heritage Tours as they take you through the rich history of the twin towns, starting outside the Killaloe Tourist Office on the bridge.

Thursday, July 4th: Nature and Nurture

Start your day with a Biodiversity Walk at 11 am in Ballina Riverside Park. Later, enjoy drama workshops at the Killaloe-Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre. For a serene evening, immerse yourself in Rhythm & Rhyme, an evening of music and poetry at The Bridge in Ballina, or test your knowledge at a Quiz Night in aid of Ballina Handball Roof Fundraiser at Brian Ború on the Hill.

Friday, July 5th: Art and Adventure

Friday offers a mix of wellness and creativity. Begin with Yoga with Jen at 10 am at Between the Waters in Killaloe, followed by an Oil Painting Workshop with Marian Conroy held at The Bridge. Children can participate in more drama workshops in the afternoon. The evening kicks off with the opening of Deborah Lyons' art exhibition at 7 pm, and the Brian Ború Boogie dance event from 7:30 to 9 pm in McKeogh’s Car Park, Ballina. Keep an eye out for the Viking Plunder, where over 60 Viking warriors will descend upon the towns!

Saturday, July 6th: Viking Invasion

Saturday is packed with activities for all ages. Start your day with Yoga with Jen at Two Mile Gate in Killaloe, followed by the Blessing of the Boats at Ballina Quay. Engage in creative workshops at the Community & Family Resource Centre, or take part in the Shannon Swim from the Pier Head to the Bridge. For the adventurous, the UL Activity Centre offers a High Ropes Course.

The Viking Village at Cathedral Quay in Killaloe will run from 12 pm to 6 pm, featuring traditional crafts and battle reenactments. Enjoy Sailing Taster Sessions in Ballina Riverside Park or participate in the Strut Your Mutt Fun Dog Show. As the day ends, join the Viking Torch Parade from the Viking Village to Flanagan’s, culminating in spectacular Féile Fireworks over the River Shannon at 10:45 pm.

Sunday, July 7th: A Day of Family Fun

Sunday continues the excitement with a Coffee & Cars event at McKeogh’s Car Park from 11 am to 1 pm. Children can indulge in creative workshops like Clay Warriors and Fairy Houses. The Viking Village remains open, offering another chance to experience Viking life.

Don’t miss the U10s Hurling Tournament at Smith O’Brien’s GAA pitch or the Pool Gala in Ballina Outdoor Swimming Pool. The day also features Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the Canal, a Garden Party at The Killaloe Hotel & Spa, Duck Races & Family Games in Ballina Park, and the Hang Tough Challenge at Ballina Quay.

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