Béal Átha an Cheasaigh
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Ballinhassig (Irish: Béal Átha an Cheasaigh) is a village in County Cork, Ireland, situated 10.6 km south of Cork City just off the N71 Bandon road and not far from the source of the River Owenabue (Abhainn Bui, meaning "Yellow River").
Traditionally an agricultural area, Ballinhassig has seen economic growth due to commuting, being within easy reach of Cork City and the many multinational chemical and industrial facilities located in the surrounding areas. This growth was matched by the construction of many new houses at the height of the Irish construction boom.
There are a number of prehistoric ringforts around Ballinhassig.
During the War of Independence there was a number of actions in the area. Including on February 3, 1921 when the Irish Republican Army (IRA) ambushed and killed three Black and Tans on the Tulligbeg side of the village in what was known as the 'Toureen Ambush'. That night the Black and Tans retaliated by burning much of the village and homes in the Ballinaboy area and arresting and imprisoning a number of local citizens.
There are three primary schools in Ballinhassig (Ballyheada N.S and Goggins Hill N.S and Ballygarvan), several public houses, a number of shops, three churches, the recently renovated Marion Hall, and a co-op.
A steam rally club is situated in Halfway, 2.5 km from Ballinhassig village, a village so named as it is half-way between Cork and Bandon.
Ballinhassig GAA has a senior hurling team founded in 1886, which has proved very successful in the past years, having been promoted from an intermediate team to a senior hurling team in 2005. Following relegation in 2011 Ballinhassig have again won the Premier Intermediate Hurling Cork County Championship in 2012. Thus retaining their status as Senior Hurling Club in Cork. In 2012 Ballinhassig won their first ever South East Junior A Football Championship defeating Tracton in a replayed final. Trophies won in 2012: Cork County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship, South East Cork Junior A Football Championship & League, South East Junior A Hurling Championship and League. South East Cork Junior B Football Championship.
2012 Winning Captains:
Darren Dineen, Fintan O'Leary, John Crowley & Michael Walsh
Michael Aherne, Michael Desmond and Eddie Finn played for CIT in the Cork Senior County Championship Semi Final.
Patrick Collins was the Cork Minor Hurling goalie aged 16.
Matthew Collins won a Senior County Hurling Championship with Kilmacud Crokes in Dublin.
The Club opened their new pitch in Ballinaboy.
The Gogginshill Tunnel at Ballinhassig, opened in 1851, is now the longest abandoned railway tunnel in the Republic of Ireland. Ballinhassig railway station itself was opened on 1 August 1849, but finally closed on 1 April 1961. Part of the Cork, Bandon and South Coast Railway.
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