Ballymacnab

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Ballymacnab
Baile Mhic an Aba
Town
Ballymacnab is located in Northern Ireland
Ballymacnab
Ballymacnab
Location in Northern Ireland
Coordinates: 54°17′54″N 6°38′24″W / 54.2984°N 6.6399°W / 54.2984; -6.6399Coordinates: 54°17′54″N 6°38′24″W / 54.2984°N 6.6399°W / 54.2984; -6.6399
Country Northern Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Armagh
Elevation 350 m (1,150 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference H886397

Ballymacnab (Irish: Baile Mhic An Aba) is a townland and village in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is within the Parish of Cill Chluana, 7 miles south of the City of Armagh on the road towards Newtownhamilton. It is within the Armagh City and District Council area and lives in the shadow of local rivals Granemore.[1]

Geography & History[edit]

Republican Plot in Naomh Pádraig Church, Ballymacnab, depicting the four provinces of Ireland.
The entrance to Naomh Pádraig Church, Ballymacnab.

Local buildings and amenities include Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (Irish: Naomh Pádraig, Baile Mhic an Aba),[2] Foley school (Irish: Fo-Bhaile PS), Ballymacnab Hall and the recently opened Mac's General Store. The local pub, O'Toole's Bar, was originally used a safe house for priests and is over 200 years old.[3] It was named Northern Ireland Pub of The Year in 2009.[4]

Seagahan Lake Reservoir is located to the east of the village, and includes the nearby dam and Seagahan Water Treatment Works. Angling is permitted at the reservoir, subject to certain restrictions.[5] In May 2008, Northern Ireland Water commenced a £6.6 Million project to upgrade water treatment technology and infrastructure at the plant in order for it to comply with a new EU directive on water quality.[6]

The closest settlements are Granemore to the west, Clady to the south, Corran to the south-west, Keady to the north west, Armagh to the north and Mullaghbrac to the east. The townland was previously part of lands confiscated from Catholic landowners and thereafter ceded to the Earl of Charlemont during the plantation of Ulster,[7] for example James Caulfeild, 3rd Earl of Charlemont. The lands were worked by tenant farmers under the tithe and con-acre system.

The majority Catholic population of Ballymacnab was reduced by emigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.[8][9] Many of the emigrants settled in the west of Scotland and in particular, Glasgow.[10][11][12]

The Troubles[edit]

For more information see The Troubles in Keady; The Troubles in Armagh and Provisional IRA South Armagh Brigade.

Culture[edit]

In common with much of County Armagh, the area is referred to in local history and folklore. One famous story concerns the ‘Bull’s Track’. This is a landmark at the junction of the main Armagh/Newtownhamilton road and the Ballymacnab Road that leads to Seagahan Dam. A large stone marks the spot where it is claimed a large black bull landed after having been flung from neighbouring Armaghbreague Mountain by an angry Saint Patrick, after the same bull had knocked down the church he was building in Armaghbreague for the third consecutive night.

A mark which resembles the imprint of a Bull’s Foot remains to this day, and recent refurbishment work to the landmark has attempted to highlight the Bull’s Track as a tourist attraction.[13]

Sport[edit]

Ballymacnab is home to Gaelic football club Ballymacnab Round Towers GAC, which plays its home games at Pairc na nGael.[14] Ballymacnab is also home to the successful Saint Brenda's camogie club.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NINIS | Neighbourhood Statistics for NI". Ninis2.nisra.gov.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Killcluney (Ballymacnab, Clady & Granemore)". Armagharchdiocese.org. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  3. ^ "About O'Tooles Pub". otoolesbar.net. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  4. ^ "O'Tooles Pub of The Year 2009". nipubawards.com. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Seagahan Lake Reservoir". Discovernorthernireland.com. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  6. ^ "May 2008". Niwater.com. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  7. ^ Connolly, S.J. (Ed); (2004). The Oxford Companion to Irish History
  8. ^ Economic history of Ireland
  9. ^ Guinnane, T (1997). The Vanishing Irish: Households, Migration, and the Rural Economy in Ireland. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-04307-8.
  10. ^ Burrowes, J (2003). Irish: The Remarkable Saga of a Nation and a City. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 1-84018-685-2
  11. ^ Coogan, T.P. (2002). Wherever Green Is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora. Hutchinson Press. ISBN 0-09-995850-3
  12. ^ Sloan, W. Cummings & Devine (Eds) (1997). Employment Opportunities and Migrant Group Assimilation: the Highlanders and Irish in Glasgow, 1840-1900 in Proc. Industry, Business & Society.
  13. ^ "The RuraLinks Project BALLYMACNAB C D A". Ruralinks.org. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  14. ^ http://ballymacnab.armagh.gaa.ie/home/history
  15. ^ http://www.ballymacnabcamogie.com/

Bibliography[edit]

  • Connolly, S.J. (Ed); (2004). The Oxford Companion to Irish History. ISBN 0-19-280501-0.
  • Burrowes, J; (2003). Irish: The Remarkable Saga of a Nation and a City. ISBN 1-84018-685-2.
  • Coogan, T.P; (2002). Wherever Green Is Worn: The Story of the Irish Diaspora. ISBN 0-09-995850-3
  • Guinnane, T (1997). The Vanishing Irish: Households, Migration, and the Rural Economy in Ireland. ISBN 0-691-04307-8.
  • Sloan, W. Cummings & Devine (Eds) (1997). Employment Opportunities and Migrant Group Assimilation: the Highlanders and Irish in Glasgow, 1840-1900 in Proc. Industry, Business & Society.

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