Baile Uí Thaidhg
|• Village||45 km2 (17 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 (prelim.)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Irish Grid Reference||Q782211|
Ballyheigue (// BAL-ee-HYEG), officially Ballyheige (Irish: Baile Uí Thaidhg), which translates in English as Tadhg's town, is a coastal village in County Kerry, Ireland. It is approximately 18 km (11 mi) north of Tralee on the R551.
It is a scenic resort town with many miles of beaches that connect to Banna Strand to the south, and Kerry Head to the north. It has an active community who run many events throughout the year including an annual summer festival in July and a Triathlon in September.[not verified in body] Full details can be found on the Ballyheigue Website (see below).
The Cantillon family came to Ireland with the Normans and like all the settlers of this time they intermarried and settled into the Irish way of life. They built their long prominent thatched dwelling in a location overlooking Ballyheigue bay but not exactly in the same place as the present castle ruins, It is said by many that Thadhg Cantillon gave Ballyheigue (Baile Uí Thaidhg) its name, however according to other historical sources[which?], this may not be true. The name Tadhg O'Connor of the O'Connor chieftan clan of Barrow is said[by whom?] to have preceded Tadhg Cantillion. In the sixteenth century their lands were confiscated by Elizabeth I and 'planted' by the Crosbie family.
The fact that the castle whose front wall and towers, despite years of neglect still stand today offers testimony to the building knowledge, ability and skill of the trades people of that time. It was the Crosbie family who occupied the castle in 1812 and were appointed as landlords of the surrounding estate. The castle was at later date occupied and set alight by locals who opposed the crown forces. However, it is said by many locals that only the building was burnt but not the contents - they having been removed prior to the event and distributed throughout the parish. Some would contest this claim whilst others would testify to it.
Ballyheigue has a total population of 2,031(Preliminary Census Results 2011). This is made up of 1,414 people from the Ballyheigue DED area and 617 people from the Kerryhead DED area (Central Statistics Office of Ireland CSO 2011).
The 2011 census preliminary results are:
- Population 2006 - persons 1459
- Population 2011 - persons 1414
- Population 2011 - males 706
- Population 2011 - females 708
- Actual change in population 2006-2011 (-45)
- Percentage change in population 2006-2011 (-3.1%)
- Population 2006 - persons 575
- Population 2011 - persons 617
- Population 2011 - males 321
- Population 2011 - females 296
- Actual change in population 2006-2011 (+42)
- Percentage change in population 2006-2011 (+7.3%)
Note: the Civil Parish of Ballyheigue ceased to be used for census purposes in the mid-19th century when District Electoral Divisions (DEDs) were introduced.
Ballyheigue comprises the DEDs of Ballyheigue and Kerryhead.
Ballyheigue DED includes the townlands of Ballinclemesig, Ballyheigue, Ballyronan, Booleenshere, Buncurrig, Caherulla, Castleshannon, Cloghanebane, Cloghaneleesh, Dirtane, Doonamontane, Dromgower, Glenlea, Heirhill, Knockane, Tiershanaghan and Toanreagh.
Kerryhead DED includes the townlands of Ballylongane, Dreenaugh, Dromatoor, Glandahalin East and West, Glenderry, Maulin and Tiduff.
- Richard Cantillon, economic theorist and coiner of the term entrepreneur
- Christy Brown, author of the book My left foot
- Don O'Neill, fashion designer.
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- See map of Ballyheigue and its townlands
- Jevons, William Stanley (1881). "Richard Cantillon and the Nationality of Political Economy". Contemporary Review (reprinted from: Cantillon, Richard. Essay on the Nature of Trade in General, Henry Higgs ed., 1959, pp. 334-360.) 1881. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
- "The Irish Don of Fashion on". irishamerica.com. Retrieved 13 February 2013. "O’Neill grew up in the small seaside town of Ballyheigue in Co. Kerry, where his family ran seaweed baths and currently owns a popular bed and breakfast. Perched on a clifftop overlooking the water, the O’Neills’ home was surrounded with plenty to inspire a young mind."
- The Story of Ballyheigue, by Bryan MacMahon, published by Oidhreacht, Ballyheigue, County Kerry, May 1994 [ISBN 0-9517658-2-5]
- The Crosbie Papers, including manuscripts relating to the Danish Silver Raid, in documents of the Estate of John Viscount Crosbie, NLI MS 5033, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.
- New Light on The Golden Lion and the Danish Silver Robbery at Ballyheigue, by B. Mac Mahon, published in the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society. Vol: 24 pp:113-149, 1991. Abstract: This article examines the robbery in 1731 of six chests of silver, part of the cargo of the 'Golden Lion' which was driven ashore at Ballyheigue during the previous year.
- The Lively Ghosts of Ireland, by Hans Holzer, Wolfe Publishing Ltd., London, 1967, 1968, reprinted 1970. See Chapter on Ballyheigue, page 32, recalling earlier article in 1962 by Patrick Denis O'Donnell in Ireland of the Welcomes.
- North London Recording and Rehearsal Studios "Bally Studios", used by The Kinks, Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Shane McGowan & The Popes and Bernard Butler(Suede) got its name from Ballyheigue, as the manager's family is originally from the village.
- Ballyheigue Website
- Ballyheigue GAA Website
- Ballyheigue Castle Golf Website
- Ballyheigue Info Page
- Map of Ballyheigue & its townlands
- Photos of Ballyheigue