The Moy Ridgepool & Salmon Weir, Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland


Tom Ruane Park & Playground

Ballina, Mayo 


The Tom Ruane Park & Playground is based along the Sligo Road in Ballina. The park is a very spacious area with lots to do for all the family big and small. It's always a big hit with families that stay in Ballina Manor hotel. 

Overlooking the beautiful River Moy the park & playground has recently been upgraded to ensure accessibility for children of all ages and abilities, the park is now one of the most inclusive outdoor play facilities in Ireland. Recently FLOW  (A community projected dedicated to creating a more inclusive community for people with disabilities in Ballina and Mayo) & Ballina Community Clean Up (An community organistation made up of volunteers who are dedicated to Biodiversity projects and enhancing Ballina & North Mayo) have teamed up with the support of Mayo County Council to fundraise for a sensory garden to be added to Tom Ruane Park. To date they have raised €47,000 for this wonderful addition which would be of great benefit for autistic adults and children.

The play equipment and surrounding area is constructed mostly from sustainable wood and bark mulch making it very child friendly.  It has an endless amount of entertainment for children with it's many types of play equipment, we are certain the only issue you may have is getting the kids to leave again. 

There is a huge double slide, swings, bucket swings, a wooden beam, monkey bars, a roundabout, zip line, seesaw and a climbing structure. There are also two tennis courts, basketball courts, table tennis tables, a cycle lane and an all-weather football pitch. 

Not to forget the large green area and a number of picnic benches dotted throughout the park which make for perfect lookouts for some duck spotting. 

Located within walking distance of the hotel, the Tom Ruane Park is a brilliant way to spend any afternoon with the family for free.




​Fun Facts about Tom Ruane Park


  • Tom Ruane Park was named in The Irish Times Newspaper as one of Ireland's Top 50 Playgrounds 
  • ​The park is named after solider and politician Tom Ruane who hails from Castle Road in Ballina
  • The Tom Ruane Park hosts the Teddy's Bear Picnic which runs every July in conjunction with the Ballina Salmon Festival. It's the highlight of the festival for all the kiddies
  • Tom Ruane Park & Playground is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive from Ballina Manor Hotel
  • The park and playground are open 24 hours a day and is completely free