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Bealach an Doirín
Businesses on the square in Ballaghaderreen
Businesses on the square in Ballaghaderreen
Ballaghaderreen is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°54′00″N 8°34′53″W / 53.90008°N 8.58144°W / 53.90008; -8.58144Coordinates: 53°54′00″N 8°34′53″W / 53.90008°N 8.58144°W / 53.90008; -8.58144
CountyCounty Roscommon
83 m (272 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM617948

Ballaghaderreen (Irish: Bealach an Doirín, meaning 'the way of the little oak grove'[2]) is a town in County Roscommon, Ireland. It was part of County Mayo prior to 1898. It is located just off the N5 National primary road. The population was 1,808 in the 2016 census.


As of 1837, the town was recorded as having 1147 inhabitants in about 200 houses and as "rising in importance" as a post-town,[3] being on the (then) new mail coach road from Ballina to Longford.

As of the mid 19th century, markets were held on Fridays, with seven fairs held throughout the year. A court-house, market house and an infantry barracks to accommodate 94 persons had all been established by that time.[3][4]

In 1860, Ballaghaderreen Cathedral was dedicated as the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Achonry.

In March 2017, Ballaghaderreen became an Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre (EROC) for hundreds of refugees from the Syrian Civil War.[5] In April 2018, the community was honoured with a People of the Year Award for welcoming the refugees into the community.[6]


Ballaghaderreen in 2008

Ballaghadereen is part of the Barony of Costello and in the parish of Kilcoleman.[3]

Ballaghaderreen has been part of County Roscommon since 1898, when the town and parish of Ballaghaderreen and Edmonstown was transferred from County Mayo under the Local Government Act 1898. This has led to some anomalies; for example, the local Gaelic Athletic Association team is affiliated with the Mayo GAA county board.


The local Gaelic football club is Ballaghaderreen GAA.[7] It is affiliated with the Mayo GAA county board.

Ballaghaderreen FC, the local association football (soccer) club, was founded in 1967.[8]


Ballaghaderreen was previously located on the N5 national primary road linking Longford to Westport. However, the town was bypassed in September 2014 with the re-routing of the N5 to the north of the town.[9][10]

The nearest railway stations are in Castlerea (21 km) and Boyle (26 km). Ballaghaderreen was previously served by the Ballaghaderreen branch line from Kilfree Junction, with Ballaghaderreen railway station having opened on 2 November 1874 and closed permanently on 4 February 1963.[11] The station house remains standing, in a state of severe dereliction, just off Station Road.

Ballaghaderreen is on the main Dublin-Ballina bus route and there are several buses daily serving this route.

Ballaghaderreen is located 22 km from Ireland West Airport Knock.


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  1. ^ "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Ballaghaderreen". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Bealach an Doirín/Ballaghaderreen". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "BALLAGHADIREEN, a market and post-town". LibraryIreland. From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Market Towns in Ireland - 1865".
  5. ^ Towey, Niamh (14 April 2018). "One year on: Ballaghaderreen and refugees 'let down' by State". The Irish Times.
  6. ^ "Coast Guard and Catherine Corless honoured at People Of The Year awards". RTÉ.ie. 15 April 2018. Archived from the original on 16 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Ballaghaderreen GAA Club". Retrieved 30 August 2021. Ballaghaderreen GAA club is a Gaelic Football club situated in East Mayo on the border of Mayo & Roscommon
  8. ^ "Ballaghaderreen FC achieve the FAI Club Mark". Football Association of Ireland. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  9. ^ "N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass". NRA Road Scheme Activity. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  10. ^ "N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass Opens". Transport Infrastructure Ireland. September 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Ballaghaderreen station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  12. ^ Hitzman, Grant (11 July 2013). "Queensland clubs celebrate diversity". AFL Queensland.
  13. ^ O'Toole, Fintan (2 August 2017). "Roscommon players and management condemn booing of Mayo forward Andy Moran last Sunday". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  14. ^ Ciarán Benson (2011). No sad imperialist of the aesthetic self. The Dublin Review of Books 17 (Spring 2011). Archived 3 June 2014.
  15. ^ McNally, Frank (13 July 2017). "Fanfare for Roscommon Man – An Irishman's Diary about the labour activist and 1916 rebel William Partridge". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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