Ballyboy

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Ballyboy
Baile Átha Buí
Village
Ballyboy National School
Ballyboy National School
Ballyboy is located in Ireland
Ballyboy
Ballyboy
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°10′N 7°42′W / 53.167°N 7.700°W / 53.167; -7.700Coordinates: 53°10′N 7°42′W / 53.167°N 7.700°W / 53.167; -7.700
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Offaly

Ballyboy or Ballaboy (Irish: Baile Átha Buí, meaning "settlement of the yellow ford")[1] is a village in County Offaly, Ireland. It is about two kilometres east of Kilcormac.

Prior to the Plantations of Ireland, Ballyboy was ruled by O'Molloy in a territory known as Firceall which was allied to the Kingdom of Meath. When the Gaelic chieftains were removed from power following the English Plantations, Firceall was broken up with Ballyboy forming its own Barony within the then newly formed King's County (now County Offaly).

Although now a small village of several houses, a pub and a primary school, it was an important and thriving hub in the Middle Ages.[2] During this era, the town had a hat and glove factory, a large mill and even its own mint.[citation needed] It also had a mill called The Jacksons mill; the mill was used for making flour grinding corn and cutting timber.[citation needed] The ruins of the mill are still standing today and can be seen as one leaves the village and heads in the direction of Ballyoran. The mill, one of several in the area was powered by water from the Silver River which is a tributary of the River Brosna.

There is also a ring fort in the village environs which legend has it is linked by underground tunnel to the Ballyboy church about 400 metres distant.[citation needed] The church in Ballyboy was originally a Catholic Church but was later dedicated as a Church of Ireland (C 0 I).[citation needed] It is now derelict and in ruins.

The graveyard contains the graves of many both Catholic and Church of Ireland families of the area for many generations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Kilcormac.com, A Brief History of Kilcormac, retrieved 2010-08-23