Ballindine

Ballindine

Ballindine (Baile an Daighin) is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. It is located along the Western Rail Corridor. Ballindine is expanding rapidly but the influx in new people has had little effect on the close, tight-knit community.

The remains of a possible fort are to be found in the field next to the National School. Folklore states that Ballindine got its name from this fort - "Baile an Daingin" meaning "Town of the Fortress" and that the souterrain, just outside it, was connected underground to the ruins of the old church in Cloonmore about two miles away to the east and also to the ruins of the old church in Garryduff, three miles west.

Ballindine is in the Roman Catholic parish of Kilvine. Church records are held at the South Mayo Family Research Centre in Ballinrobe. Old school records from as far back as the 1800s are held in the present National School.

Local events

The village has had a monthly fair with cattle and sheep since the 1960s and the Ballindine September fair was known all over the West of Ireland as a very good sheep fair. The July fair was also called 'The Gooseberry Fair' and Ballindine honoured this tradition with an annual 'Gooseberry Festival' up until 2002.

Sport

  • The Ballindine footballers join with Irishtown on the Davitts Team who sport red and black colours. Davitts a currently playing in Division 1A league and senior Championship. Davitts are deemed to be a hot headed team but are actually just passionate about their football.

People

  • Pat Rabbitte was born in Woodstock, a townland near the village, and still owns his family home there.

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