Manchester join forces with Mayo to stage Benefit Concert in Ballina

Manchester Irish Festival 2019

Manchester join forces with Mayo to stage Charity Gala concert in aid of Manchester Emergency Fund

Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group are donating all the profits from their annual Gala concert in the Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 5 Aug to the Manchester Emergency Fund. The fund was set up to help the families of the 22 people killed in the suicide bomb in the city centre and over 50 people who were injured in the attack. The Event has been kindly sponsored by Rosgal Civil Engineers, Manchester.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented "We have all been shaken up by the major incident in our home city and were touched by all the messages of support from our friends and family in Mayo and around the world. We felt it was only right to do something during our 6 day tradfest to try and support the people involved in this horrific act of terrorism."

"There is already a great line up for the concert but if any performers from Mayo still want to get get involved, they can email me at "

The annual concert is now in its fifth year with a cast of just over one hundred Irish singers, musicians and dancers from Mayo and Manchester the Mayo Manchester Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre promises to be a night to remember.

It will be Hosted by 'The Voice of Old Trafford' Mr Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football club who is flying in from United's USA Tour to host the evening.

Performers from Manchester include Joe Keegan from the TV Show The Voice, plus the award winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and the Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing which is run by the new Lord of the Dance - James Keegan and his sister Louise. Performers from Mayo include Sean Nos Dancers Tommy Stenson and The Ganley Sisters, there is also a specially commissioned performance from Lavinia Gilmartin's award winning Heroes for Hospice group, plus singer songwriter Dennis McCalmount.

This annual event always sells out in advance and you are urged to purchase your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are just 15 Euros each, but there are early bird tickets priced at just 10 Euros each available until the end of June. | Tel 003539673593