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Bealach an Doirín
Ballaghadereen is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°54′00″N 8°34′53″W / 53.90008°N 8.58144°W / 53.90008; -8.58144Coordinates: 53°54′00″N 8°34′53″W / 53.90008°N 8.58144°W / 53.90008; -8.58144
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Roscommon
Elevation 83 m (272 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Town 1,238
 • Urban 527
 • Rural 711
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC+1)
Irish Grid Reference M617948

Ballaghaderreen (Irish: Bealach an Doirín) is a town in County Roscommon, located on the N5 National primary road. The Irish meaning of the town name is 'The way (Bealach) of the little oak wood (Doirín)'.

In 1860 Ballaghaderreen Cathedral was dedicated as the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Achonry.

Prior to 1898 the town and parish of Ballaghaderreen and Edmonstown was located in the eastern part of County Mayo until its transfer to County Roscommon under the Local Government Act 1898 by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The local Gaelic Athletic Association team, Ballaghadereen GAA plays in the Mayo championship and its players represent County Mayo.


Andy Moran, Gaelic Footballer Dermot Flanagan, Gaelic Footballer

  • F. Lawrence Fleming, Author/Historian Fleming Family of Slane, Wigton, Cornwall,Devon and Allied Lines


It is located on the N5 National primary road. The town has become a bottleneck on the N5 route in recent years, and the opening of the nearby Charlestown bypass has exacerbated the problem. In late 2012 work started on a bypass to the north of the town,[1] and completion is anticipated in 2014.[2]

Ballaghaderreen was formerly served by rail from Kilfree Junction. The old railway station opened on 2 November 1864, but closed permanently on 4 February 1963.[3] Ballaghaderreen is on the main Dublin-Ballina bus route and there are several buses daily serving this route. The nearest railway stations are in Castlerea 21 km and Boyle 26 km. It is 22 km from Ireland West Airport Knock.

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  2. ^ "N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass". NRA Road Scheme Activity. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Ballaghaderreen station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 

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