Baile an Daighin
Baile an Daighin 1.jpg
Ballindine is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°40′00″N 8°57′18″W / 53.6667°N 8.9550°W / 53.6667; -8.9550Coordinates: 53°40′00″N 8°57′18″W / 53.6667°N 8.9550°W / 53.6667; -8.9550
CountyCounty Mayo
96 m (315 ft)
 • Total349
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM369689

Ballindine (Irish: Baile an Daighin, meaning 'town of the fortress')[2] is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. It is located along the Western Railway Corridor, 6.5 km (4 miles) south of Claremorris. The N17 road passes through the village, carrying over 10,000 vehicles daily,[3] and it connects to the R328 road on the south side of town.


Street in Ballindine
Street in Ballindine
Public art in Ballindine
Public art in Ballindine

The remains of a possible fort are located in a field next to the National School. Folklore states that Ballindine got its name from this fort—Baile an Daingin meaning "Town of the Fortress" and that the souterrain, just outside it, was connected underground to the ruins of the old church in Cloonmore about 2 km (1.25 miles) to the east and also to the ruins of the old church in Garryduff, 5 km (3 miles) west.[citation needed]

Ballindine is in the Roman Catholic parish of Kilvine. Church records are held at the South Mayo Family Research Centre in Ballinrobe. Old school records dating to the 1800s are held in the present National School.

Events and community

The village has had a monthly cattle and sheep fair since the 1960s and the Ballindine September fair was well known in West of Ireland.[citation needed] The July fair was also called 'The Gooseberry Fair' and Ballindine marked this tradition with an annual 'Gooseberry Festival' until 2002.[citation needed]

The Western Alzheimer's Foundation is headquartered in Ballindine.[citation needed]


The Ballindine Gaelic footballers join with Irishtown to form the Davitts team who play in red and black. The combined Davitts club plays in Division 1A league and Senior Championship.[citation needed] In 2011 Davitts won the Intermediate County Championship after beating Burrishoole in the final.[citation needed] They went on to win the Intermediate Connacht Championship after defeating Padraig Pearses.[citation needed]


Ballindine railway station was opened on 30 April 1894, and closed on 17 June 1963.[4]

The N17 passes through the village. However, as of 2010, the village was due to be bypassed as part of the Claremorris–Tuam dual-carriageway which (as of 2012) was in the early stages of planning.[5][needs update]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Ballindine". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Baile an Daighin/Ballindine". Placenames Database of Ireland ( Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Traffic Counter Data for "Tuam Road N17-15"". National Roads Authority. Archived from the original on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Ballindine station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2007.
  5. ^ "N17 Tuam to Claremorris". National Roads Authority. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  6. ^ Mayo well represented at presidential inauguration[permanent dead link] The Western People, 2011-11-16.
  7. ^ Cloonrane Placenames Database of Ireland. retrieved: 2011-12-29.
  8. ^ Fox, Claire (8 June 2019). "'Origin Green is painting a false image to the world and it will come back to bite us' - newly elected Green councillor Pippa Hackett". Retrieved 12 February 2020.