Infobox Irish Place
name = Balla
gaeilge = Balla
pin coords = left: 91px; top: 75px
north coord = 53.805 | west coord = 9.1283 | irish grid = M257845
area = | elevation = 118 m
population = | town pop = 443 | rural pop = 1,213
census yr = 2002
web = |
Balla (pronounced "Bal") ( _ga. Balla) is a village in
County Mayo, Irelandon the N60 National secondary road, the main road between Castlebarand Claremorris. Balla has only one street. It is notable for its round tower. It formerly was a significant shop and market centre. In recent decades it fell into decline and lost its railway station, but has enjoyed something of a revival as a residential area for people working in Castlebar.
In early times the village was known as 'Ros Dairbhreach', meaning 'The Height of the Oak Wood'. The continuing importance of the oak to the local community is reflected in the appropriately named "Dawn Oak 2000" project. At the beginning of the millennium, 2000 oak trees were planted, creating a new wood in Balla's town park. Tradition has it that
Saint Patrickhimself had rested in Balla.
Balla railway station opened on
17 December 1862, but closed to passenger traffic on 17 June 1963, finally closing altogether on 2 December 1974. [cite web | title=Balla station | work=Railscot - Irish Railways | url=http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf | accessdate=2007-09-09]
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