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The Battle of Ballinamuck

The Battle of Ballinamuck 225th Commemoration

September 7th to 10th, 2023

Come help us celebrate the 225th anniversary of the 1798 Battle of Ballinamuck, in the North County Longford historical village.

From a full battle re-enactment to live music each night it promises to be a 

fun filled weekend for all the family.

If you wish to donate to the running costs of the commemoration weekend please use this PayPal link:

The Battle of Ballinamuck

The Battle of Ballinamuck, fought on September 8, 1798, was a significant event in the history of Ballinamuck. A small French army, joined by local Irish volunteers, had landed at Killala Bay, Co. Mayo, and fought its way eastward, gaining more Irish rebels from Counties Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim.


They were met at Ballinamuck by vastly superior British forces. The French, led by General Humbert, had 800 regular soldiers and about 1000 Irish volunteers, while the British general Lake commanded a force perhaps 20 times larger, including regular English, Scottish, and Hessian soldiers, as well as Irish militia men. The military battle lasted half an hour, after which the French surrendered and were taken into custody, while many of the Irish fighters were killed on the spot or while fleeing.


The battle has been commemorated many times since and 2023 marks the 225th commemoration!

Visit our Battle of Ballinamuck History page for a more detailed account of the battle events. 

Battle of Ballinamuck 225th Anniversary Commemoration

Commemorative Event Highlights

We have a range of educational and entertaining events for all to enjoy. Visit our Events Guide page for a full list and schedule of events. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Live music including:

    • Johnny Brady

    • High Stool Prophets

    • Rhythm & Sticks

    • Cronin

    • Mick Flavin

    • Nite Fever

  • Battle re-enactment

  • Guided tours

  • Living history campsite

  • Traditional music

  • Historical Cloone

  • Ballinamuck walk

  • Food stalls

  • Historical lectures

  • Art projects

  • Football matches

  • Blacksmith forge exhibition

  • Poetry & storytelling

  • Dance workshops

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