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Ballyboughal (also Ballyboghil)
The parish RC church
The parish RC church
Coordinates: 53°31′15″N 6°16′00″W / 53.52083°N 6.26667°W / 53.52083; -6.26667Coordinates: 53°31′15″N 6°16′00″W / 53.52083°N 6.26667°W / 53.52083; -6.26667
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Dublin
Local authority Fingal
Elevation 35 m (115 ft)
 • Total 1,946
Eircode routing key A41
Telephone area code +353(0)1
Irish Grid Reference O149535

Ballyboughal (Irish: Baile Bachaille), also sometimes Ballyboghil, is a village and district in central Fingal within the historic County Dublin, near the Naul. The name means the town of the staff, and the Bachal Isu was protected in this area until Strongbow moved it to Christ Church, Dublin.[1] It is also near Oldtown.

In addition to the Church of the Assumption, erected in 1836,[2] the medieval church still stands in ruins in the Old Ballyboughal Burial Ground north of the center of the town. It is the place where the Bachal Isu was kept. All the walls stand without the roof, and the building, which has some grave markers on the inside, is divided into a nave and chancel with doors on the north and south sides. The west gable has a triple bellcote, and the east gable has an arched window (without glass) dating from the fourteenth century.[3]

There was a monastery in Ballyboughal sometime before the arrival of the Anglo-Normans.[4]

The Ballyboughal (or Ballyboghil) River flows eastward through the center of the settlement. It has its source at Tobergregan, south of Garristown, and its mouth at the Rogerstown Estuary.[5]

There is a private family-run airfield, Ballyboughal Airfield,[6] ICAO code EIBB, near the village.[7] Lying within the Dublin Control Zone, this grass-strip facility holds a small number of historical aircraft, and has occasional educational activities, as well as hosting meetings of Balheary model aircraft flying club.


  1. ^ Myles V. Ronan, "St. Patrick's Staff and Christ Church," Dublin Historical Record 5.4 (Jun. - Aug., 1943), pp. 121-129.
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  4. ^ Gwynn, Aubrey, and R. Neville Hadcock. Medieval Religious Houses: Ireland: With an Appendix to Early Sites. P. 374. Harlow: Longmans, 1970.
  5. ^ Doyle, Joseph W. Ten Dozen Waters: The Rivers and Streams of County Dublin. 2013.
  6. ^ Also known (Google Maps) as Balheary Flying Field
  7. ^ "IAP - AD1.3 Index to Aeroromes and Heliports, issue Aug-Sept 2018". Irish Aviation Authority. Retrieved 5 September 2018.