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Baile Uí Thaidhg
Ballyheigue Village
Ballyheigue Village
Ballyheigue is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°21′00″N 9°41′00″W / 52.35°N 9.6833°W / 52.35; -9.6833Coordinates: 52°21′00″N 9°41′00″W / 52.35°N 9.6833°W / 52.35; -9.6833
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Kerry
 • Village 45 km2 (17 sq mi)
Population (2011 (prelim.)
 • Urban 1,414
 • Rural 617
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference Q782211

Ballyheigue (/ˌbæliˈhɡ/ BAL-ee-HYEG), officially Ballyheige (Irish: Baile Uí Thaidhg),[1] which translates in English as Tadhg Heartnets town, is a coastal village in County Kerry, Ireland. It is approximately 18 km (11 mi) north of Tralee on the R551.

It is a scenic resort town with many miles of beaches that connect to Banna Strand to the south, and Kerry Head to the north. It has an active community who run many events throughout the year including an annual summer festival in July and a Triathlon in September.[not verified in body] Full details can be found on the Ballyheigue Website (see below).


Ballyheigue has a total population of 2,031(Preliminary Census Results 2011). This is made up of 1,414 people from the Ballyheigue DED area and 617 people from the Kerryhead DED area (Central Statistics Office of Ireland CSO 2011).

2011 census[edit]

The 2011 census preliminary results are:[citation needed]


  • Population 2006 - persons 1459
  • Population 2011 - persons 1414
  • Population 2011 - males 706
  • Population 2011 - females 708
  • Actual change in population 2006-2011 (-45)
  • Percentage change in population 2006-2011 (-3.1%)


  • Population 2006 - persons 575
  • Population 2011 - persons 617
  • Population 2011 - males 321
  • Population 2011 - females 296
  • Actual change in population 2006-2011 (+42)
  • Percentage change in population 2006-2011 (+7.3%)


Note: the Civil Parish of Ballyheigue ceased to be used for census purposes in the mid-19th century when District Electoral Divisions (DEDs) were introduced.[citation needed]

Ballyheigue comprises the DEDs of Ballyheigue and Kerryhead.[2]

Ballyheigue DED includes the townlands of Ballinclemesig, Ballyheigue, Ballyronan, Booleenshere, Buncurrig, Caherulla, Castleshannon, Cloghanebane, Cloghaneleesh, Dirtane, Doonamontane, Dromgower, Glenlea, Heirhill, Knockane, Tiershanaghan and Toanreagh.

Kerryhead DED includes the townlands of Ballylongane, Dreenaugh, Dromatoor, Glandahalin East and West, Glenderry, Maulin and Tiduff.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ See map of Ballyheigue and its townlands
  3. ^ Jevons, William Stanley (1881). "Richard Cantillon and the Nationality of Political Economy". Contemporary Review (reprinted from: Cantillon, Richard. Essay on the Nature of Trade in General, Henry Higgs ed., 1959, pp. 334-360.) 1881. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Don of Fashion on". Retrieved 13 February 2013. O’Neill grew up in the small seaside town of Ballyheigue in Co. Kerry, where his family ran seaweed baths and currently owns a popular bed and breakfast. Perched on a clifftop overlooking the water, the O’Neills’ home was surrounded with plenty to inspire a young mind. 
  • The Story of Ballyheigue, by Bryan MacMahon, published by Oidhreacht, Ballyheigue, County Kerry, May 1994 [ISBN 0-9517658-2-5]
  • The Crosbie Papers, including manuscripts relating to the Danish Silver Raid, in documents of the Estate of John Viscount Crosbie, NLI MS 5033, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.
  • New Light on The Golden Lion and the Danish Silver Robbery at Ballyheigue, by B. Mac Mahon, published in the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society. Vol: 24 pp:113-149, 1991. Abstract: This article examines the robbery in 1731 of six chests of silver, part of the cargo of the 'Golden Lion' which was driven ashore at Ballyheigue during the previous year.
  • The Lively Ghosts of Ireland, by Hans Holzer, Wolfe Publishing Ltd., London, 1967, 1968, reprinted 1970. See Chapter on Ballyheigue, page 32, recalling earlier article in 1962 by Patrick Denis O'Donnell in Ireland of the Welcomes.
  • North London Recording and Rehearsal Studios "Bally Studios", used by The Kinks, Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Shane McGowan & The Popes and Bernard Butler(Suede) got its name from Ballyheigue, as the manager's family is originally from the village.

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