The sleepy Irish town of Ballina lies in County Mayo
in the Republic of Ireland. It is located in the West Region
, on the western seaboard of Ireland with the Atlantic Ocean. Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland (1990–1997), and United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights, was born in the town.
The highest point in Mayo and Connacht is Mweelrea, at 2,671 feet.
There is plenty of lush green and breathtaking views.
The area has a number of older buildings. Ballina has many listed buildings including Georgian Housing.
There are also many fabulous gardens, from the ornate:
To those which celebrate the natural beauty of wild flowers.
Ballina means "mouth of the ford" in Gaelic, and salmon fishing
is big in the area. To mark this the town recently commissioned a modernist statue of a fisherman.
There are many fields around the area, containing horses:
As well as friendly-looking donkeys.
In short, there is plenty of Irish charm in the area, it is great for hiking, fishing or taking in the local hospitality in a variety of pubs and restaurants.