Ballynahinch, County Galway
Baile na hInse
Area view in 1910s; Ballynahinch castle at base of mountain
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Ballynahinch or Ballinahinch (Irish: Baile na hInse) is situated close to Recess in County Galway in the west of Ireland, on the road from Recess to Roundstone. It also lies on the route of the former railway line from Galway city to Clifden (the "Capital of Connemara"). The name comes from the Irish Baile na hInse meaning settlement of the island.
Ballynahinch Castle, built in the 17th century for the Martyn family, one of whose better-known members was 'Humanity Dick' founder of the RSPCA, has been used as a hotel since 1946. The Castle was originally built in about 1684 and is today well known as a high-end hotel with a focus on fly fishing for salmon.
Ballynahinch railway station opened on 1 November 1895, but finally closed on 29 April 1935.
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