Other Voices – a thank you to our local sponsors

David Gray at Other Voices Ballina 2020

Moy Valley Resources IRD has applauded the businesses of Ballina and North Mayo for emphatically backing Other Voices this year, and have pledged to continue their collaboration with Mayo County Council and other local partners to explore the possibility of bringing the event back to Ballina in 2021.

Moy Valley Resources IRD this year partnered with Mayo County Council and Other Voices production company South Wind Blows to co-ordinate the local fundraising effort, which ensured the international festival and TV production proceeded as planned on February 28 and 29, after doubts were raised initially raised about the appetite of the local business community for the festival. The weekend was a resounding success, and Other Voices Ballina is estimated to have delivered a €2m boost to the local economy, as well as raising Ballina and North Mayo’s profile considerably.

JYellowL at Other Voices Ballina 2020

CEO of Moy Valley Resources IRD Annette Maughan said: “We were proud to partner with Mayo County Council and South Wind Blows over the past number of weeks to work with a very large number of local businesses, who generously and enthusiastically responded when approached to support the fundraising appeal. Local businesses have rarely been found wanting down the years when it comes to supporting events that will benefit the region, and we are very grateful to them for playing a significant role in making this fantastic event possible for a second time in Ballina.”

Soda Blonde Other Voices Ballina 2020
Soda Blonde performs at St Michael’s Church of Ireland, Ballina during Other Voices 2020

The first Other Voices TV show from Ballina featuring acts Denise Chaila, Skinny Living, JC Stewart and Elbow aired on RTÉ2 on Thursday, March 12 and is available on the RTÉ Player, with the remaining Ballina episodes due to air on April 2 with a David Gray special, and April 16’s episode featuring Soda Blonde, The Howl and the Hum, Jyellowl and Jesca Hoop.

Ms Maughan continued: “Much credit is also due to the publicans in the town who again worked closely together to contribute towards the cost of the festival, as well as raising additional funds from their own suppliers. This kind of collaboration and proactivity is vital if Ballina is to continue securing and delivering high-quality events from which the entire community can benefit. We will do everything in our power to work with Mayo County Council, and local partners including Ballina Chamber of Commerce, to ensure that Other Voices returns to Ballina in the future.”

Jesca Hoop at Other Voices Ballina 2020
Jesca Hoop at Other Voices Ballina 2020

Other Voices Ballina 2020 is made possible with the support and partnership of Mayo County Council, Moy Valley Resources, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership, Department of Rural and Community Development, LEADER, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ, Mayo.ie, Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Mayo North Promotions Office, Wild Atlantic Way, Creative Ireland Mayo, Tesco Ireland, Virgin Media, Ballina Arts Centre, The Jackie Clarke Collection, St Michael’s Church of IReland, Music Generation’s Core Youth Music Hub and local hotels, pubs and businesses.

Other Voices Ballina 2020 Local Sponsors

Adrian P. Bourke & Co, Solicitors

Aesthetic Services Ltd

AIB Ballina

An Bolg Buí

An Sean Sibín

AudioWorks Event Production

Ballina Beverages

Ballina Chamber of Commerce

Ballina Credit Union

Ballina Dental Practice

Ballina Heating & Plumbing

Ballina Manor Hotel

Ballina Salmon Festival

Ballina Taxi Co-Op

Ballina Transport

Bank of Ireland, Ballina

Bar Square

Baxter Healthcare

Bella Beauty

Belleek Castle

Bernie’s Hair Salon

BizBroker (Clarke & Conlon Insurance)

Blooms & Things

Boland Motor Factors

Bond Store Cottage

Boot’s Pharmacy

Bourke Carrigg & Loftus Solicitors

BP Mitchell Haulage & Plant Hire

Cafolla’s Restaurant & Takeaway

Cahill Trautt Accountants

Carmel’s Fashions

Carousel Enterprises – Toons and Balloons

Carrabine Joinery

Carr’s Daybreak

Casey’s Londis

Charles River Laboratories


Clarke Flynn McCole Solicitors

Clarke’s Auto Service

Clarke’s Newsagent

Complete Beauty By Sandra


Connacht Whiskey

Corduff, Gunning & Co, Solicitors

Corinne Beattie Photography

Craven Construction

Crean Kitchens

Crockets Quay Bistro

Cube Fire & Security Ltd

Curry’s Butchers

Dara Calleary TD

DarkBlue Design

Dave’s Deli & Gourmet Coffee Shop

Davy’s Lawnmower & Tool Hire

Dillon McCarron Chartered Accountants

Dillon’s Bar and Restaurant

DNG Michael Boland

Doherty’s Bar

Doherty’s Daybreak

Downhill Inn

Dr Sean Moffatt, Ballina Medical Centre

Dr William Blaise Brunker

Duffy’s Hardware

Dunleavy Meats Ltd

Enniscrone Golf Club

ESB Networks


Falcon Fruits

Fit & Jump

Foody’s Pharmacy

Fox & Gallagher Ltd

Foxford Woollen Mills

Frank Convey Fuels

Fry Days Takeaway

Gill’s Driving School

Gill’s Drycleaners

Glacken Accountants

Gold Time Jewellers

Greenhills B&B

Hallahan’s Newsagents

Harmony Hearing

Harrison’s Bar

Heffernan’s Fine Foods

Heffron Business Services

HiFive Clothing

Hogan’s Bar

Hollister ULC

Holmes Insulation

Homeland, Ballina

Howard’s Bar

Hughes’ Bar

Ian & Mary Kilroy

Ian Dodd, Solicitor

Injection Moulds and Dies Ltd

Ita Staunton, FAOI

Jalan Jalan

JB Denture Clinic

Jiffy Cleaners

JJAD Hair Studio

Joseph Gavin, FAOI

Joseph Murphy Ltd

Judge’s Daybreak

Kelley’s Hair Salon

Kevin Kennedy Motors

Kilroy’s CarePlus Pharmacy

Leonard Executive Chauffeur Drive

Liam Hackett Commercials

Liam J Sheridan & Co Solicitors

Lisdovogue House B&B

Loftus Recycling

Love Lee’s Restaurant and Takeaway

Lundy Haulage

Mark Forbes & Sons Family Butchers

Martin Heffernan & Associates,

Max Tyres

Mayo County Council

Mayo North Promotions Office

McGowan’s Funeral Directors

McHale Solicitors

McLoughlin’s Total Health Pharmacy

McVann Furniture

Melvin Financial Services

Merrick’s Hardware

Micheal Carr & Daughters Foods

MJ Flood

MK Tyres

Mocha Beans

Molloy Concrete

Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy

Moran’s Butcher & Deli

Moran’s Furniture Stores

Mount Falcon Estate

Moy Veterinary Clinic

Moy View Practice

Mullafarry Quarry

Mulligan’s Pharmacy

Murphy’s Gala

Nigel Reape Office Supplies & Print

Noo Chocolates

Office Pro

O’Malley & Sons

Optimum Group Co.

O’Reilly Hughes Opticians

Paddy Mac’s

Phone Hospital

PJ Hennigan MPSI

Quinn’s Pharmacy

Regan’s Discount Store

Rouse Insurance

Rouse’s Bar

Rouse’s Jewellers

Sabrina’s Hair Salon

Sean Barrett (Ballina) Ltd

Shambles Bar at Ballina Manor Hotel

Shaws Department Store

Sherry Fitzgerald Feeney West

Sonas Nursing Homes

Steeltech Sheds

Supermac’s, Pearse St

T. Breathnach’s

Tarbh 47

Tastymac’s Takeaway

The Cot & Cobble

The Ice House

The Junction Restaurant

The Lantern Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway

The Loft Bar & B&B

The Merry Monk

The Mulberry Tree

The Western People

Tony’s Driving School

Topline Archers

Treacy Coaches

Tuffy’s Cash and Carry

Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Centre

Vincy’s Bar

Sincere thanks to all who supported.

This article was published in the Western People on Monday, March 16, 2020.

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