Ballyhaunis Visitor's Guide in Co. Mayo

Ballyhaunis is perfectly positioned as an inland base for a touring holiday as it is situated in the centre of Connacht. For 'Day Trips' there are a wealth of destinations that are all approximately one hours drive from Ballyhaunis.

  • To the north you could visit Yeats County - Sligo.

  • To the north/west you'll find the most spectacular coastal scenery and miles of clean, sandy beaches with clear water to swim in.

  • To the south/west are the rugged mountains of Connemara with many places of interest such as Kylemore Abbey and Ashford Castle, and on to the city of Galway.

  • Head east to the beautiful banks of the River Shannon

  • Travel north/east to Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle.

All of the places above are within easy reach of Ballyhaunis.

Other Visitor Attractions

Clubs & Organisations

Ballyhaunis has a wide variety of clubs and organisations, some of which are listed below.

Abbey Male Choir

Founded in 1991, they regularly sing at Mass in the Parish Church and also at celebratory events such as weddings, festivals, concerts and the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock.

Active Retirement Association

A social group for all Senior Citizens aged 55 and over, with regular meetings featuring a variety of speakers on topics such as Health, Social Entitlements, Stress Management, Learning and Economic issues. They also have Yoga and Computer classes, frequent outings to places of interest and an annual Christmas party.

Angling Club

Formed by enthusiastic local anglers to develop and maintain local coarse fishing waters in the area, and to encourage the younger generation to partake in the sport and above all to enjoy and respect their surroundings and environment. The club is affiliated to the Irish Angling Development Alliance.

Ballyhaunis ABC - Aid for Belarusian Children

Every year Ballyhaunis ABC host children from farms and orphanages in Belarus to provide respite from the high levels of radiation to which these children continue to be exposed. The Belarusian children come to Ballyhaunis during the month of July for a months holiday and are hosted by local families.

Ballyhaunis GAA

St Patrick's GAA Club in Ballyhaunis was founded in 1889.

Ballyhaunis Town FC

Ballyhaunis Town FC were established in 2010 and currently play in the Mayo Soccer League. Their club grounds are at Station Rise, Ballyhaunis.

Bridge Club

Established in the 1960s, runs weekly bridge competitions from Sept to May each year.

Cycling Club

In existence since 1990, members participate in leisure cycling, touring, road racing, time trials and some mountain biking.

Golf Club

Founded in 1929, Ballyhaunis Golf Club is a challenging 9-hole parkland course located 2 miles north of Ballyhaunis town along the N83.


A female-voice choir formed in 1999 who perform a varied repertoire, ranging from folk to sacred music and from renaissance to contemporary compositions. They have competed very successfully in many choral competitions in Ireland and abroad.

Men's Shed Group

Open to all men over 18 years of age, provides a safe, friendly and open environment where men can meet and engage in positive, productive experiences that will, in turn, enhance their overall health and well-being.

Rugby Club

Ballyhaunis RFC has been part of rugby in Connacht for over thirty years and is located on the edge of town on Doctors Road.

St Patrick's Dramatic Society

In existence for many years, they have staged many great productions.

Town Twinning Association

Ballyhaunis was twinned with the French town of Guilers in Brittany in 1982 and many successful exchange visits have taken place since then.

Guilers was selected as an ideal twinning partner for Ballyhaunis because of its size, location and cultural similarities.