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     Ballaghaderreen (Irish: Bealach an Doirín) is a town in County Roscommon, Ireland.  Irish meaning of the town name is “The Way (Bealach) of the Little Oak (Doirín).” Ballaghaderreen was located in County Mayo until 1898, when it was transferred to County Roscommon by the Local Government (Ireland) Act of 1898. Hence, most Toweys emigrated from Co. Mayo with their genealogical records thereat.
     Ballaghaderreen is located 115 miles (185 km) east of Dublin via the N4 road to Longford then the N5 road.  It is located in northwest Co. Roscommon close to Co. Mayo and Co. Sligo.
     Townlands surrounding Ballaghaderreen, together with Towey 1901 census data, may be viewed at 1901 Census and Coach Route Map.
     Also note that Ballaghaderreen is on Facebook
Why not go to Google Earth and search for Ballaghaderreen, Ireland? Zoom in for a closer view then use Street View to peek at Ballaghaderreen streets and various shops.

Ballaghaderreen Cathedral
This is the cathedral church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin St Nathy CathedralMary and St Nathy. Ballaghaderreen is the see town of the small Catholic Diocese of Achonry which comprises parts of Counties Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
     The Patron saint is St. Nathy and secondary Patroness is St. Attracta. The Cathedral was built in the 1850s.
     In 1860 St Nathy’s Cathedral was dedicated as the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Achonry.

Kilcolman Cemetery – Old and New
Go North on R293.  The old cemetery is on the right side and the new X Kilcolman Cemetarycemetery on the left. A list of buried remains at Kilcolman old cemetery is available at Under Ireland, click More then Mayo then Kilcolman Old Cemetery.  The list is made from old grave markers; therefore, most very old remains are not listed. (Note: Under Ireland, clicking Roscommon gives a different cemetery list.)


Four Altars
Further north on R293 is the Four Altars, built presumably during the V Four Altarsearly 18th Century, when British rule disallowed Catholics to worship in church. Priests said Mass at the one altar that offered his best protection from wind and rain. It was up on a hill where the people could see when English soldiers were coming to arrest  them.

Priests Rock
Looking down from Bockagh Hill (227 meters high) is the townland of Attiantaggart and Priests Rock where Mass was said during the same era of British rule as the Four Altars.

Ballaghaderreen Railway Station
The railway station was at end of the Kilfree to Ballaghaderreen spur off BU Ballaghaderreen Railway c1900sthe Dublin to Sligo Line. After delays, it operated from November 1874 to February 1973; however temporary closures occurred January to March 1876 and January to May 1947.


Ballaghaderreen Sightseeing Maps

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Web Sites of Interest


History of Ballaghaderreen
To learn more about the history of Ballaghaderreen, check your library, or for the following:
Maire McDonnell-Garvey, Mid-Connacht – The Ancient Territory of Sliabh Lugha, Drumlin Publications, Nure, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, 1995
Liam Swords, A Dominant Church, The Columba Press, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, 2004.