Theme Week County Mayo – Balla

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Balla Round Tower © Bangers/cc-by-sa-3.0

Balla Round Tower © Bangers/cc-by-sa-3.0

Balla is a village in County Mayo, Ireland on the N60 National secondary road, the main road between Castlebar and Claremorris. The economy of the village survives mainly on passing trade, from the busy N60 which carries over 7,000 vehicles through the village every day. It is notable for its round tower. It used to be a significant shop and market centre. It fell into decline and lost its railway station, but has enjoyed something of a revival as a residential area for people working in Castlebar.

In early times the village was known as ‘Ros Dairbhreach’, meaning ‘The Height of the Oak Wood’. The continuing importance of the oak to the local community is reflected in the appropriately named “Dawn Oak 2000” project. At the beginning of the 21st century, 2000 oak trees were planted, creating a new wood in Balla’s town park.

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Balla Round Tower © JohnArmagh/cc-by-sa-3.0
According to Adrian Room in A Dictionary of Irish Placenames, the name refers to the Tobar Mhuire, known in English as the Blessed Well, i.e., of the Blessed Virgin Mary) to the west of Balla. This was enclosed by a wall in the 7th century, traditionally by Saint Mo Chua.

The founder of the local monastery appears to have been Mo Chua. Tradition has it that Saint Patrick himself had rested in Balla. Pat Nally (1857–1891), an athlete and member of the Supreme Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, was born in Rockstown House near Balla. The P.W. Nally monument, a Celtic Cross, was erected in Balla with the aid of a public subscription, and was unveiled in 1900 by Mark F. Ryan. William Hamilton Maxwell (1792–1850), a Church of Ireland rector in Balla, wrote Wild Sports of the West while resident there in the 19th century.

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