Ballyhack, County Wexford

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Ballyhack
Baile Hac
Town
Ballyhack is located in Ireland
Ballyhack
Ballyhack
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°14′38″N 6°58′01″W / 52.244°N 6.967°W / 52.244; -6.967Coordinates: 52°14′38″N 6°58′01″W / 52.244°N 6.967°W / 52.244; -6.967
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Wexford
Population (2006)
 • Urban 189
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Area code(s) 051
Ballyhack Castle, Co. Wexford.

Ballyhack (Irish: Baile Hac)[1] is a small village located in the south-west of County Wexford, in Ireland, on the eastern shore of the Waterford Harbour, which is the estuary of The Three Sisters.

History[edit]

The village contains a 15th-century Norman castle or tower house, which probably belonged to the Knights Hospitallers.[citation needed]

Name[edit]

It is believed that Ballyhack comes from the Irish for stable[citation needed]: “Seasmhach”[citation needed], Ballyhack meaning “Townland of the Stable“[citation needed]

There is also a belief that Ballyback translates to "Town of Excrement",[2][3][4] but this may have been caused by English settlers trying to translate the old gaeilge to the old English. Baile(Bally)“Town or Townland and Chac (hack). Chac or Cac was old English slang for “dung excrement, kack, a privy, a boat“[5]

Details[edit]

The village contains a shop, a pub and a small quay for fishing boats.[citation needed]

A Ferry service operates between Ballyhack and Passage East (County Waterford), over the broad estuary of The Three Sisters.[6]

There is also a cemetery located on a height near the edge of the village.[citation needed]

The school in the village is called St. Catherine's NS and is located on top of Ballyhack Hill. It opened in 1959.[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

The local GAA club is St James GAA which currently plays in the Intermediate grade of the Wexford Championship. The local soccer team is Duncannon FC.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

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