Bealach an Doirín
|Elevation||83 m (272 ft)|
|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)'.
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 plays in the Mayo championship and its players represent County Mayo.
- John Blake Dillon
- James Dillon
- Douglas Hyde
- Sean Flanagan, Politician and Government Minister.
- Garry Hynes
- Matt Molloy
- Thomas Flynn, Bishop of Achonry
- David Drake Famous gaelic player for Mayo.
- Patsy McGarry Irish Times Journalist
- John O'Gorman, piper
- Brian O'Doherty, writer, artist, art critic and academic
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, and completion is anticipated in 2014.
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. 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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