Ballyglass (Irish: An Baile Glás, meaning 'Green Village') is a small village in central County Mayo in Ireland. It is situated about 10 miles from Castlebar, and closer to Claremorris and Ballinrobe.

Infrastructure

Ballyglass consists of one shop, two pubs, a primary school, a playschool, a community centre, a tennis court, a soccer pitch with a flood-lit training pitch, a soccer team [1] a post office and a Garda barracks. There is also a part-time dispensary. The Old Ground, now a public house, was originally built as a warehouse. A court house was situated where Murphy's guest house is today.[2]

The Garda Barracks was originally built to house a hotel to support a planned train station. However, plans changed and no train station exists in Ballyglass today.[citation needed]

Education

Mountpleasant National School was built in 1888 and was the Community Centre, but was vacated in 1986.[citation needed]

A new playschool began construction in December 2008 when the then Minister of State for Children, Barry Andrews, visited Ballyglass and "turned the sod" for the new childcare facility.[citation needed] The new building was due to be built at the rear of the Mountpleasant National School.[needs update]

Sport

Ballyglass Football Club was founded in 1975.[3] It was originally housed in the Turlough, but moved uphill to their modern stadium, named Michael Keaveney Park. The club has won the Mayo Association Football League title twice.[3]

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ "www.ballyglassfootballclub". Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ towns.mayo-ireland.ie
  3. ^ a b "www.ballyglassfootballclub.ie". Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.

Coordinates: 53°44′45″N 9°10′33″W / 53.7459°N 9.1757°W / 53.7459; -9.1757