Ballon, County Carlow
|Elevation||103 m (338 ft)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Irish Grid Reference||S832661|
The main attraction and meeting point is the 'Bull-Tree' on the corner of main street and Ballon Hill. Also on this corner is McAssey's Butcher's and store.
The village has two pubs, Joe Doyle's and Kavanagh's Lounge, both on the Main Street in the centre of the village. A Chinese take-away is situated in Chaple Street and Jimmy's Take Away is in Main Street. There are Service Stations at either end of the village.
Nolan's stonecutter and monumental works are also situated on the main street.
There is a primary school and community hall on the main street, as well as Ballon National School. Beside the community hall, there is a Credit Union. A playschool/kindergarten/creche is also situated near there.
The village boasts a state of art Community Centre which was renovated during 2013 at a cost of €656,000. There is also a beautiful Grotto opposite the church.
At the eastern side of the parish is the beautiul Altamont Gardens and The Forge Restaurant is close by. The bridge at Aghade over the river Slaney is, perhaps, the most scenic area in the parish.
Ballon is home to Ballon GAA club who, compete in the Carlow Intermediate Football Championship.
It is also home to Burren Rangers which caters for all the under-age boys and girls from under-6 to under-21.
Ballon is home to Burrin Celtic who play in the Carlow & district football League.
Although only some 450 feet (137 m) above sea level, Ballon Hill provides extensive views of the extensive lowlands of the region.
Geologically the hill is of granite covered by limestone.
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