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Irish: Bealach an Doirín
County Mayo
Durkin's Hotel, Ballaghaderreen - - 674168.jpg
Grid reference: M617948
Location: 53°54’0"N, 8°34’53"W
Population: 1,822  (2011)
Post town: Ballaghaderreen
Postcode: F45
Local Government
Council: Roscommon

Ballaghaderreen is a town in County Mayo, located on the N5 National primary road. The Irish language meaning of the town name is 'The way (Bealach) of the little oak wood (Doirín)'.

In 1860 Ballaghaderreen Cathedral was dedicated as the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Achonry.


  • John Blake Dillon
  • James Dillon
  • Douglas Hyde
  • Sean Flanagan, Politician and Government Minister.
  • Garry Hynes
  • Matt Molloy
  • Thomas Flynn, Bishop of Achonry
  • David Drake Famous gaelic player for Mayo.
  • Patsy McGarry Irish Times Journalist
  • John O'Gorman, piper
  • Brian O'Doherty, writer, artist, art critic and academic


It is located on the N5 National primary road. The town had become a bottleneck on the N5 route in recent years, and the opening of the nearby Charlestown bypass exacerbated the problem. In late 2012 work started on a bypass to the north of the town[1] that was completed in September 2014.[2]

Ballaghaderreen was formerly served by rail from Kilfree Junction. The old railway station opened on 2 November 1864, but closed permanently on 4 February 1963.[3] Ballaghaderreen is on the main Dublin-Ballina bus route and there are several buses daily serving this route. The nearest railway stations are in Castlerea 13 miles and Boyle 16 miles away. It is 14 miles from Ireland West Airport Knock.


Ballaghaderreen GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club. They have won the Mayo Senior Football Championship three times - in 1972, 2008 and 2012.


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