Ballygawley, County Sligo

Ballygawley, County Sligo

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Ballygawley, County Sligo

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Ballygawley (A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press) is a village in County Sligo, Ireland. It is located close to Union Wood, approximately 9 km (6 miles) south of Sligo town near to main Sligo-Dublin road, the N4.


The hotel and golfcourse set around the ruins of the ancient castle Castle Dargan was opened in Ballygawley in 2005. The golf course was designed by Darren Clarke and is set in of mature woodlands.

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Ballygawley Mountains, a low mountain range which is an extension of the Ox Mountains include Calliach a Vera, Sliabh Deane, Sliabh Dargan and Aghamore Far. All these four have cairns at their summits. The hills are very ancient and are composed of a metamorphic rock called psammitic paragneiss. The cairns are viewed by archaeologists such as Stefan Bergh NUIG as part of the Landscape of Monuments which extend through County Sligo, and include Knocknarea, Carrowmore and Carrowkeel. Near to Calliach a Vera is a curious monument consisting of three stones, known locally as The Thief, the Boy and the Cow. Extensive work including earthmoving, is being carried on by the ESB in these hills at present.

Ballygawley village has two Pubs and two Shops. One is connected with a petrol station. It also has a newly built hairdresser and a post office.On the outskirts of the...
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