Ballymoe

Infobox Irish Place
name = Ballymoe
gaeilge = Béal Átha Mó
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pin coords = left: 137px; top: 11px
north coord = 53.7 | west coord = 8.4667 | irish grid = M692723
area = | elevation = 80m
province = Connacht
county = County Galway
town pop = - | rural pop = 431
census yr = 2002
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Ballymoe ( _ga. Béal Átha Mó) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. Ballymoe is situated on the western side of the River Suck that separates counties Galway and Roscommon. The N60 national secondary road meets the R360 regional road in the centre of the village.

History

The name Ballymoe is derived from a fort which was built by Queen Maeve of Connaught, under the order of Mogh. The fort and village would later become known as Átha Mogh Mór and Béal Átha Mogh. The town is now the center of a small rural area involved in scale mixed farming. Raised bogs, forts and a mass rock from penal times are features of Ballymoe today. [ [http://www.irelandwest.ie/content.asp?id=63 Ireland West] retrieved 23 February 2007]

People

*Éamonn Ceannt, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising and seven signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was born in the police barracks in Ballymoe where his father James Kent, an officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary was stationed. The Garda barracks in the town today is named in his honour. [ [http://www.nli.ie/1916/1916_main.html National Library of Ireland - 1916 Exibition] , ]
*It is the birthplace of Fr. Edward J. Flanagan, founder of Boys Town, Nebraska.

Transport

Ballymoe railway station opened on 1 March 1861, but finally closed on 17 June 1963. [cite web | title=Ballymoe station | work=Railscot - Irish Railways | url=http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf | accessdate=2007-09-11]

ee also

*List of towns in the Republic of Ireland

References


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