BALLINALEE/CLONBRONEY

The Parish of Clonbroney is situated approx 8 miles NE of Longford town. The village of Ballinalee (formerly known as St. Johnstown) is midway between Longford and Granard on the R194. The parish consists of 13,200 acres and is borderes by the following parishes: Killoe, Edgeworthtown, Granard, Colmcille and Ballynamuck. There are 56 Townlands, some with very unusual names - France, Cavan and Leitrim.

There are several churches namely St James Clonbroney, Holy Trinity Ballinalee, St Johns Church of Ireland Ballinalee.

The name of the N.S. is Scoil Samhthann and is situated on the Granard Road.

The main source of employment is agriculture. there is a certain amount of employment in such varied industries as engineering, pig farming, building and forestry. Up to recently there was a creamery in the village. It was the first all electric creamery in Europe.

Through the ages the parish played its part in Irish history. Many people will be familiar with the story of General Sean Mc Eoin, the blacksmith of Ballinalee. The forge where he used to ply his trade, has been restored and a park is being developed around it. Ballinalee is steeped in history as far back as St. Patrick, who allegedly set up the first convent in clonbroney.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Old Clonbroney Convent and Churchyard founded by St Patrick around 728
Bully's Acre Ancient Graveyard dating back to 1763
Moatfarrell Ruins of church and graveyard
St. James Church, Clonbroney Unique structural Design
St. Johns Church, Ballinalee Church with distinctive features
Presbyterian Church Ruins of Meeting House atLisrathagan
Mote at Moatfarrell ?Ancient mote dating back to pre-Christian times
Corbeagh and Gurteen Lakes places of beauty and for fishing
Camlin River Flows through the Parish
Mc Eoins Forge Refurbished forge open to the public

PARISH ORGANISATIONS

Sean Connelly G.A.A. Club Caters for gaelic games in the parish
Clonbroney Community Games Promotes various athletic events for individuals and teams of children upto 16 years of age
Ballinalee Connemara Pony Show The second largest Conne,ara pony show in Ireland
Ballinalee Tidy Towns Organises entry in the annual Tidy Towns competition
Ballinalee/Killoe Gun Club Fox hunts, vermin control and wildlife conservation
Ballinalee ICA Local branch Irish Country Women Assoc.
Ballinalee IFA Local branch Irish Farmers Assoc.
Ballinalee Foroige Local Youth organisation
Parish Council Organises chuch affairs
Ballinalee PTAA Local branch Pioneer Total Absistance Assoc.
Ballinalee Branch Credit Union Local Credit Union branch
Ballinalee Junior Activity Group Caters for children 8-14
O'Reilly School of Dancing Irish dancing for children

PARISH FACILITIES

Sean Connelly G.A.A. Complex France Road playing fields. Pitch and Putt course and tennis courts planned for this year
Thomas Ashe Memorial Hall Granard Road. oncert area, badminton court and meeting room
Currycahill Community Centre Ballinalee village. Concert area and meeting room
Ballinalee Health Centre Local health centre
Ballinalee FAS office Venue for scheme administration, Credit Union etc
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