is a village in County Carlow
. It is located on the N80 road
near Carlow Town
The village has two pubs, Joe Doyle's and Kavanagh's Lounge, both on the Main Street in the centre of the village. Nolan's stonecutter and monumental works are also situated on the main street.
There is a primary school and community hall on the main street, as well as Ballon National School. Beside the community hall, there is a Credit Union. A playschool/kindergarten is also situated near there.
Although only some above sea level, Ballon Hill provides extensive views of the extensive lowlands of the region. Geologically the hill is of granite covered by limestone.
Ballon has produced several Irish celebrities including 'Iron Fists' Joe Roche, the former Commonwealth Games curling