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Baile Uí Laigheanáin
Ballylinan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°56′37″N 7°02′32″W / 52.9436°N 7.0422°W / 52.9436; -7.0422Coordinates: 52°56′37″N 7°02′32″W / 52.9436°N 7.0422°W / 52.9436; -7.0422
CountyCounty Laois
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceS644885

Ballylinan or Ballylynan (Irish: Baile Uí Laigheanáin) is a small village in County Laois, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the border with County Kildare in Ireland. The name means "Lynan's town", though exactly who Lynan was is now forgotten.

Ballylinan is mainly a farmland area with no real industrialisation, although the building of many new housing developments has changed the area dramatically and increased its population. These developments, some still currently under construction, include "Rahin Wood", "The Village", "White Thorn Grove", "Cottage Gates", "The Crescent" and "Gracefield Manor".

The village has a number of shops, a church, a Garda (police) station, school, garage, and Murphys Pub (Skinners) and now has a new school, the old wynne park is now made into a playground. All of these establishments are on the one road: the N78.[2]


Ballylinan has a traditional history of excellence in football (see Ballylinan GAA).


A 12-mile railway line linking Ballylinan to the nearby towns of Athy, County Kildare and Wolfhill, County Laois was opened in September 1918 by the British government during WW1 to aid the supply of coal. It was closed at the end of 1929 but the section connecting Ballylinan to Athy was retained for sugar beet traffic until 1963 when it was fully closed. Some of the trackbed still exists around the Athy area. [3]


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  1. ^ "Ballylinan (Laois, Towns, Ireland) - Population, Map and Location by City Populations". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Ballylinan, Co. Laois in 1967". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Railway Stations, Ballylinan". Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  4. ^ "The Honourable William Russel Grace, Mayor of New York". Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Anna May McHugh, National Ploughing Association chief". Retrieved 27 Feb 2014.
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