The market town of Ballaghaderreen is situated on the border of Counties Mayo and Roscommon, close to the Lung river and within minutes of the river Shannon and the north Sligo coastline.

Situated as it is in a picturesque river valley, Ballaghaderreen is surrounded by hills with wonderful views and it boasts an abundance of natural leisure facilities, attractions, activities and amenities. For lovers of outdoor pursuits, Ballaghaderreen is convenient to sailing, cabin-cruising, horse riding, shooting, cycling, hill walking and many other adventure sports.

Historical Ballaghaderreen

Ballaghaderreen is the gateway to the west and has a wealth of historical and archaeological heritage.  Dillon House on the Square - now the headquarters of the Western Development Commission - is the ancestral home of John Blake and John & James Dillon, all of whom were major political figures in Irish history.

Approaching the town from the east, you will pass by the home of Dr Douglas Hyde, the first President of Ireland, where The Hyde Interpretative Centre, dedicated to him, is housed in the church where his father was rector.  An annual Conference on Irish History and a Traditional Irish Music festival are held in his honour in Ballaghaderreen.

Matt Molloy

Matt Molloy - flute player with the Chieftans

Matt Molloy, flute player with The Chieftans, is one of Ballaghaderreen’s favourite sons.   Considered to be one of the most brilliant Irish musicians, Matt has great love for Ballaghaderreen, having been born there in 1947.  Matt grew up in Ballaghaderreen and was educated at the renowned St Nathy’s College.  As a child, Matt began playing the flute at an early age and learned his music from Gurteen/Kilavill man Peter Horan, the legendary flute player from County Sligo.

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