Bonniconlon, County Mayo

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Bonniconlon, officially Bunnyconnellan (Irish: Muine Chonalláin),[1] is a village in the barony of Gallen in east County Mayo, Ireland. The village is on the R294 regional road to the east of Ballina, County Mayo, and close to the Ox Mountains.

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Bonniconlon was located in County Sligo when the Sligo border went as far as one shore of the Moy in Ballina. It is located in Mayo since the border was changed back to the Ox Mountains Windy Gap. It was founded in 1874. Prior to this, Bonniconlon was called Kilgarvin, where the original local cemetery is located. The village has an old church, a Gaelic Athletic Association hall and playing pitch, a town hall, two pubs, three shops and a graveyard. Judges Bar & Shop in Bonniconlon is a location in the small film Black Velvet. The old school house which was used for local meetings and events was located between the newer school and the church. The roof still had bullet marks left by the black and tans.

Bonniconlon is actually the combination of two townlands, Bonniconlon East and Bonniconlon West. A townland is the lowest governance structure in Ireland. Many emigrants from Ireland, however, often record the townland subdivision as their home. In the case of Bonniconlon East, for example, townland subdivisions are Glenree and Templetigan. Bonniconlon West is really the main part of Bonniconlon village, including the 3 shops,2 pubs,a post office, the school, pitch, graveyard, town hall, two estates (Cois na hAbhann and Lough Conn Heights) and several different houses.

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Coordinates: 54°06′N 9°01′W / 54.100°N 9.017°W / 54.100; -9.017