Bealach an Doirín
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Ballaghaderreen (Irish: Bealach an Doirín, meaning 'the way of the little oak grove') 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 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.
In March 2017, Ballaghaderreen became an Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre (EROC) for hundreds of refugees from the Syrian Civil War. In April 2018, the community was honoured with a People of the Year Award for welcoming the refugees into the community.
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.
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.
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. 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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