Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh
The former An Óige Youth Hostel
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°51′N 9°14′W / 51.85°N 9.23°W / 51.85; -9.23Coordinates: 51°51′N 9°14′W / 51.85°N 9.23°W / 51.85; -9.23
CountyCounty Cork

Ballingeary (Irish: Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, pronounced [bʲial̪ˠ ɑhən̪ˠ ˈɣʷeːrˠhiɡʲ]) is a village in the Shehy Mountains in County Cork, Ireland.[2]

The village is located within the Muskerry Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area). According to the 2016 census, over 42% of the population speak Irish on a daily basis outside the education system.[1][3] It has an active Irish-language summer school, Coláiste na Mumhan (College of Munster), which was attended by Thomas MacDonagh in the summer of 1906. It also hosts a yearly agricultural and horticultural show.[citation needed]

The River Lee rises a few kilometres west of the village, at Gougane Barra Park.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Béal Átha An Ghaorthaidh". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Irish Language and the Gaeltacht - CSO - Central Statistics Office". Retrieved 15 November 2020.
Ballingeary's Famine Soup Pot memorial
Ballingeary's Famine Soup Pot memorial