Arts & Culture

Drama/Musicals

An Annual Drama Festival takes place in March. The local committee works through the year to organise troupes from Wexford to Derry bringing together a week long programme which forms part of the All Ireland drama festival. This is an example of where a new comer to town could enjoy being part of a successful team effort.

The musical society welcomes new members all the time, recent productions includesold out performances of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Anything Goes and Annie.

A strong tradition exists and numerous concerts and events are staged through the year, most notably Scor which is a GAA competition. Ballinamore Sean O’ Heslins club and clubs in the surrounding parishes have been very successful in all sections of traditional music, song and dance and most notably in the Novelty Act which has been won by the Ballinamore Club on numerous occasions at All Ireland level.

Gaelic Language

Irish language is alive and well in Ballinamore as you will even notice in the wording on shop fronts. The County Library situated on Main St, hosts a weekly comhra (conversation in Irish) in winter, catering for beginners, improvers and rusty Irish speakers. It is sociable and fun and enables participants to improve their Irish in a very enjoyable way.

This group continues through the summer in the informal setting of McGirl's pub.

Readers and Writers Groups

Readers group meets weekly in the library.

A group of John Mc Gahern enthusiasts meet around the time of the Annual John Mc Gahern summer school, this alternates between La Nua and the Cultural Quarters, the latter being the building which was the original Garda Station where Mc Gahern’s father was stationed when he first came to Ballinamore in the 1920’s

Local Culture

Leitrim County Library is situated in Main Street Ballinamore. Apart from a huge selection of books, the library has an extensive archive of newspaper records facilitating research and genealogy studies. The library is a very valuable resource in the community, its separate meeting area hosts lectures on various topics of interest as well as facilitating readers groups and discussions. It also provides internet facilities to the public.

Art

The Solas Art Gallery has ongoing exhibits featuring both local and national artists showcasing their paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Gigs

Live music is staged in a number of venues in Ballinamore throughout the year, Mc Girls brings international names, while other pubs in town host local and national artists.  The Annual Free Fringe Festival showcases a variety of new and established music acts.

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