Ballymote

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Ballymote
Baile an Mhóta
Town
Ballymote Castle
Ballymote Castle
Ballymote is located in Ireland
Ballymote
Ballymote
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°05′23″N 8°31′00″W / 54.0896°N 8.5167°W / 54.0896; -8.5167Coordinates: 54°05′23″N 8°31′00″W / 54.0896°N 8.5167°W / 54.0896; -8.5167
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Sligo
Elevation 76 m (249 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Urban 1,539
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G662150

Ballymote (Irish: Baile an Mhóta, meaning "town of the motte/mound") is a market town in southern County Sligo in the province of Connacht, in the north-west of Ireland.

It is an historic town, with Ballymote Castle, the last and the mightiest of the Norman castles in Connacht.[1] This castle, dating from 1300, was built by Richard de Burgh. It also has a Market House, a three-bay, two-story building currently used by the South County Sligo Community Mental health service of the Health Service Executive.

Transport[edit]

Commemorative sculpture of Brother Walfrid

Ballymote lies on regional roads R293, R295 and R296, and on the main Dublin to Sligo railway line. Ballymote railway station opened on 3 December 1862.[2]

Demography[edit]

In 1900 Ballymote had a population of 1145,[3] compared to 1539 in 2011.

Sport[edit]

A number of sports are played in the town, including gaelic football at Corran park and soccer at Brother Walfrid Memorial park. Numerous other sports are played, particularly at under-age level. Golf is played at a nine-hole course on the outskirts of the town.

September 11 memorial[edit]

Ireland's National Monument to Fighting 69th in Ballymote

The Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg unveiled Ireland's national monument to the 69th Infantry Regiment (aka The Fighting 69th) and Michael Corcoran in Ballymote on 22 August 2006. At the foot of the monument is a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York, which was attacked on September 11, 2001. The steel was donated by the family of a local man who died in the attack.

People[edit]

Lord Edward Street, Ballymote.

Some well-known people from Ballymote and the surrounding areas include:

Annalistic references[edit]

From the Annals of the Four Masters:

  • M1300.3.The castle of Ath-Cliath-an-Chorainn (i.e.of Ballymote) was commenced by the Earl.
  • M1317.5.The castle of Ath-cliath an Chorainn (i.e. of Ballymote) was demolished.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ballymote Castle". Irelandseye.com. Retrieved 28 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Ballymote station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Description of County Sligo from Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)". Library Ireland. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 

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