Great line-up for 72nd annual Ballygar Carnival

The 72nd annual Ballygar Carnival will take place in the town from Thursday, July 28th, to Tuesday, August 2nd.

  As well as the exciting line-up of events, entertainment will be provided by Murray’s Amusements nightly from 7.30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday and on August Bank Holiday Monday.


The Grand Opening of event will feature Marty Mone playing live at the Mattie McDonagh Centre from 11.30 pm on Thursday.

  Mone, the popular Castleblayney man, is currently enjoying huge success with his second hit single, Slip the Clutch, a follow-up to the phenomenally successful Hit the Duff.

  This is a performance not to be missed. Admission is €10, with a late bar. The event is for over 18s only.


The action will continue on Friday, July 29th. Ireland’s king of country music – Big Tom & The Mainliners – will be supported by ‘The Outlaws’ in a concert beginning at 8 pm. Admission is €25, while this is also for over 18s only.

  Patrons are in for a treat with Tom McBride, a true Hall of Fame showband legend.

  That night at 7.30 pm a seven-a-side mixed tournament will be held by St. Brendan’s at their new GAA pitch.


On Saturday, July 30th, Mike Denver, a top country entertainer, will play at 11.30 pm in the Mattie McDonagh Centre. Mike was voted ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the inaugural Irish Country Music Awards recently.

  His show is an excellent mix of Mike Denver hits, country classics and lots more. A super night is guaranteed. Admission: €15. This event is for over 18s only, with a late bar.

  The Annual Soccer Tournament, in association with Shiven Rovers, will be held at noon that day at the Niall Walsh pitch. Registration will be held at 11.30 am.

  A Truck & Tractor Run, in aid of Galway Hospice, will also be held that day, at 4 pm, and a Reversing Competiton will take place at 1 pm. A barbecue, music and entertainment will take place throughout the afternoon.

  Street entertainment will be provided by ‘The Crooked Jacks’ at 9 pm. 


A number of wonderful events will be held on Sunday.

  Described as Ireland’s top party band, ‘Hot Fuss’, will play at 11.30 pm. Organisers say this band are “regarded as the biggest and most entertaining band on the pop/rock and roll music scene”, and an amazing night’s entertainment is guaranteed.

  Admission is €15 to this over-18s event, while a late bar will be available.

  At 11 am, St. Brendan’s LGFC will stage the Carol Kelly Memorial 5k/10k Walk/Run. Registration will begin at 9.30 am at Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar.

  A Children’s Fancy Dress event will be held at 3 pm, while the annual Carnival Parade, led by the Tulla Pipe Band from Co. Clare, will take place, to much fanfare, at 5 pm. A wonderful day’s entertainment is assured.


On August Bank Holiday Monday, four brilliant events will be held, most notably The Conquerors, who are returning to the Ballygar Carnival for the Grand Finale at 11.30 pm. Admission will be €15 for this over-18s event.

  A Fair Day will be held throughout the day. This promises to be a great day out for all the family and includes a craft fair and cake sale at Coláiste Mhuire, traditional music and all the features and attractions one associates with the old fairs.

  Other events include a Sheepdog Demonstration by Eamon Egan, a renowned sheepdog trainer, and street entertainment by ‘Project 37’.


Monster Bingo will be held in the Mattie McDonagh Centre at 8.30 pm, with €5,000 in prizes to be won. Tickets: single – €10; double – €15; and flyers – €2. It will be great fun for all the family.