Salmon Life Centre

  • A Mayo Senator is urging Mayo County Council to apply for grant-aid to proceed with the proposed Salmon Life Centre in Ballina.

    Fáilte Ireland recently announced a new grant scheme for large-scale visitor attractions, with funding of up to €2.5 million available, and expressions of interest must be submitted by 17th July.

    Ballina-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin is urging Mayo County Council to submit an expression of interest before that date in relation to the Salmon Life Centre, which was first mooted in Ballina about ten years ago.

    She says the plan has been on the back burner for some time, but such a facility would help to expand the area's tourist attractions, and encourage visitors to spend more bed nights in north Mayo.

  • Plans to establish a Salmon Life Centre in Ballina need to be reactivated.

    That’s according to local Independent Councillor Gerry Ginty, who says such a facility would cement Ballina’s reputation as the Salmon Capital of Ireland.

    It’s almost ten years since a feasibility report on the proposed Salmon Life Centre in Ballina was unveiled, with plans for a salmon museum, angling information, education centre and café along the River Moy.

    However, a decade later, the proposed centre has not become a reality.

    The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of Ballina Municipal District, in terms of the overall new Ballina Public Realm.

    Councillor Gerry Ginty says the Salmon Life Centre would be an important development in Ballina, but would need Government funding to become a reality, and he’s calling on TDs and Senators to get involved in the campaign at a national level.

    Councillor Ginty claims this is just one of a number of proposals for Ballina that were shelved when the Town Councils were abolished…