Ballina is a village that lies on the River Shannon in North Tipperary, Ireland. It is situated on the eastern shore of Lough Derg across from its 'twin-town' of Killaloe on the west bank of the lake. The towns are joined by the bridge in the picture.
For a long period, there was no traffic control system present on the bridge. While it was possible for cars to pass each other, it was difficult for HGVs and cars, and impossible for two HGVs, to pass. This led to the introduction of a traffic light system which, while leading to delays at peak times, has improved safety and traffic flow on the bridge. There are plans to build a new bridge downstream, as the existing bridge is preserved and cannot be widened.
In December 2006 North Tipperary County Council sought tenders for a 'design and build' contract for the new Shannon crossing .
The annual Brian Boru Festival takes place in early July each year. A joint celebration between the two towns of the ancient High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, it involves many community-based activities including a hurling match between the teams from both towns.
Ballina has a primary school, Ballina National School, with the nearest secondary school, St. Anne's Community College, present in Killaloe.
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Inchadrinagh, Killaloe, Co. Tipperary
On the banks of Lough Derg, Shannon Breeze B&B offers comfortable accommodation in Inchadrinagh, a 6-minute drive from the town of Killaloe, County Clare.