Bellavary

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Bellavary
Béal Átha Bhearaigh
Town
Bellavary is located in Ireland
Bellavary
Bellavary
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°53′37″N 9°08′57″W / 53.8936°N 9.1492°W / 53.8936; -9.1492Coordinates: 53°53′37″N 9°08′57″W / 53.8936°N 9.1492°W / 53.8936; -9.1492
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation 62 m (203 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M244943

Bellavary (Irish: Béal Átha Bhearaigh)[1] is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. It is situated on the N5 between Swinford and Castlebar (11 kilometres (7 mi) north-east of the latter), close to Foxford and the River Moy. The 2006 census showed that Ballyvary had a population of 147. It stands on crossing of River May, railway and the N5.

Transport[edit]

Bellavary railway station opened on 19 June 1894, but finally closed on 17 June 1963.[2]

Famous people[edit]

The parents of Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, are natives of Bellavary and near-by village Bohola. Staunton is famous for roles in Vera Drake (2004), Nanny McPhee (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

Soccer[edit]

Bellavary's soccer team, the Bellavary Blue Bombers, were founded in McKeown's Field Knocksaxon. The Bombers originally were friends from the Aughaluskey, Knocksaxon, Shraheens, Ara, Coolfox, Derrinogue, Tavanaghkeneffe & Loughkeerane who got together for town leagues.[citation needed] They entered the old Division 3 in the Mayo League in 1986. Today the Bombers offers soccer at under 10, 12, 14 and 16 boys/girls as well as boys under 16, 18 & junior football.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Bellavary/Béal Átha Bhearaigh
  2. ^ "Ballyvary station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-11.