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article imageScenes from Co. Mayo, Ireland Special

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By Tim Sandle     Jul 17, 2014 in Travel
Ballina - Ballina is a town in north County Mayo, Ireland. It lies at the mouth of the River Moy near Killala Bay, in the Moy valley and Parish of Kilmoremoy. Digital Journal has paid a visit and we have captured some of the scenery.
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.
Clouds swirl above the highest peak in Ballina  Co. Mayo  Ireland. It takes about 3 hours to climb t...
Clouds swirl above the highest peak in Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland. It takes about 3 hours to climb to the top.
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There is plenty of lush green and breathtaking views.
A view from the roadside coming into Ballina  Ireland.
A view from the roadside coming into Ballina, Ireland.
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The area has a number of older buildings. Ballina has many listed buildings including Georgian Housing.
One of Ballina s old buildings; this one has been converted into a hotel.
One of Ballina's old buildings; this one has been converted into a hotel.
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There are also many fabulous gardens, from the ornate:
A pretty walled garden in Ballina  Ireland.
A pretty walled garden in Ballina, Ireland.
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To those which celebrate the natural beauty of wild flowers.
A blistering display of color from an array of wild flowers in Ballina  Ireland.
A blistering display of color from an array of wild flowers in Ballina, Ireland.
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A different set of interesting flowers on the road into Ballina  Ireland.
A different set of interesting flowers on the road into Ballina, Ireland.
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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.
A modernist interpretation of a fisherman casting his rod out to sea.
A modernist interpretation of a fisherman casting his rod out to sea.
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There are many fields around the area, containing horses:
Grazing horses in a field near Ballina  Ireland.
Grazing horses in a field near Ballina, Ireland.
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As well as friendly-looking donkeys.
A donkey in a paddock near the Irish town of Ballina.
A donkey in a paddock near the Irish town of Ballina.
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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.
A charming cottage by the roadside in Ballina  Co. Mayo  Ireland.
A charming cottage by the roadside in Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
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