Ballygall

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Ballygall
Baile na nGall
Suburb
Ballygall is located in Ireland
Ballygall
Ballygall
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°23′01″N 6°16′30″W / 53.3835°N 06.2750°W / 53.3835; -06.2750Coordinates: 53°23′01″N 6°16′30″W / 53.3835°N 06.2750°W / 53.3835; -06.2750
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Dublin
City council Dublin City Council
Government
 • Dáil Éireann Dublin North–West
 • EU Parliament Dublin
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Ballygall (Irish: Baile na nGall, meaning "townland (baile) or possibly route (bealach) of the Foreigners") is a small suburban area located between Glasnevin and Finglas on the northside of the city of Dublin, Ireland. It was settled by Vikings in the 11th century, and the name preserved as that of a townland.

Etymology[edit]

The name is believed to have come from the old route from the Tolka River uphill to Finglas, where there was an early monastic settlement, so the road may have been in use as early as the fifth century AD. The route of the ancient roadway is thought to be similar to the existing route to Finglas via Ballygall Road East, Beneavin Road and Ballygall Road West.

Location[edit]

Ballygall lies within the southern part of ancient Fingal, although the modern county of the same name has its southern boundary a bit further north. Ballygall is divided between the civil barony of Castleknock to the west and the barony of Coolock to the east. Ballygall lies between the villages of Finglas and Glasnevin, and the old parish, now large suburban district, of Ballymun.

The townland has an area of 134 acres (0.54 km2) of which 85 acres (340,000 m2) are in the Barony of Castleknock, Civil Parish of Finglas, and 49 acres (200,000 m2) in the Barony of Coolock, Civil Parish of Glasnevin.[1]

Boundaries[edit]

The townland of Ballygall is bordered in the south by Griffith Avenue, in the north by Glasnevin Avenue, to the east by Ballymun Road and the west by Beneavin. The centre of the townland is located where St. Canices Road and Ballygall Road cross in front of the Church of the Our Mother of Divine Grace. Historically, a large part of the original townland of Ballygall belonged to the Ball family and their manor house was located in the modern housing estate called Hillcrest Park. Ballygall House was located between the present houses number 10 and 60 in Hillcrest Park. The Ballygall estate which belonged to the Ball family in the 16th century was used for agricultural purposes right up to the 1960s when the last owners, the Craigie family, sold it for housing development.

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Notable people from Ballygall[edit]