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The name of the village is from the Irish Baile Mhic An Aba.
About the village
Local buildings and amenities include St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Foley primary school, and Ballymacnab Hall.
Seagahan Lake Reservoir is located to the east of the village, and includes the nearby dam and Seagahan Water Treatment Works. Angling is permitted at the reservoir, subject to certain restrictions. In May 2008, Northern Ireland Water commenced a £6.6 million project to upgrade water treatment technology and infrastructure at the plant in order for it to comply with a new European directive on water quality.
The closest settlements are Granemore to the west, Clady to the south, Corran to the south-west, Keady to the north-west, Armagh to the north and Mullaghbrac to the east.
The townland was previously part of lands confiscated from the native chieftains and granted to the Earl of Charlemont during the Plantation of Ulster. The lands were worked by tenant farmers under the tithe and con-acre system.
In common with much of County Armagh, the area is referred to in local history and folklore. One famous story concerns the ‘Bull’s Track’. This is a landmark at the junction of the main Armagh/Newtownhamilton road and the Ballymacnab Road that leads to Seagahan Dam. A large stone marks the spot where it is claimed a large black bull landed after having been flung from neighbouring Armaghbreague Mountain by an angry St Patrick, after the same bull had knocked down the church he was building in Armaghbreague for the third consecutive night.
A mark which resembles the imprint of a Bull’s Foot remains to this day, and recent refurbishment work to the landmark has attempted to highlight the Bull’s Track as a tourist attraction.
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