Ballina Crest

Mayo Crest

 

 

Natural Environmental Features

Ballina has some beautiful places to visit. People in Ballina use the town for many different functions. The name Ballina comes from the Irish Béal an Átha which means the ford of the mouth of the River.
The River Moy flows through the town for 2 km. There are two bridges on the river. Many people use the river for fishing. Salmon is a popular catch. Former Republic of Ireland soccer manager, Jack Charlton loves to fish in the local area.
The Moy Lower Bridge The Upper Bridge

The River Moy
On either side of the River are two bridges - The Upper and Lower Bridge

The Lower Bridge was built in 1835 by Armstrong and West. This was the second bridge to be built over the River Moy. There was an old wooden structure acting as the other bridge.

The Upper Bridge was built in 1836 by Thomas Ham and cost £3,000. The Ham family came from England and set up many businesses in the town.

View from upper bridge Upper Bridge sign Thomas Ham
The View from the Upper Bridge
The Upper Bridge Sign
Thomas Ham's plaque can be seen on the upper bridge.

 

There are many beautiful parks in the area. One of these is the Tom Ruane UDC Park on the Sligo Road where there is a playground, picnic area, trees and an area for walking along the banks of the River Moy.

Tom Ruane Park


The River Moy runs along the
Park area.

 

Beleek Wood is also a beauiful natural environement.
It is an area of peace and beauty. Walkers can avail of the picnic areas and relax and enjoy the views.

Location: This Park is located in Ballina, Co. Mayo. The River Moy Runs through the woodland. There are many facilities for the visitor: Car park, picnic site, forest and riverside walks. There are up to 6 miles of natural forest pathways.

Length of Trail: There are two walks at Belleek. Trail One has 32 stops and runs for 2 km.
Trail Two has 12 stops and stretches over 1km in length.

Main Trees: Norway spruce, Japanese larch, Scots pine, Monterey pine, oak, beech, ash and yew trees.

Fauna: Badgers, squirrels, foxes and the occasional otter live in the woodland

fox squirrel

History: Belleek is an old Irish place name meaning the forth-mouth of the flagstone, from the flat surfaced rock in the head of the river.

Beleek Castle: The Gate Lodge is the entrance of the Castle grounds. A family once lived in there and their job was to open the gate at the Castle Road entrance to the Beleek Estate.
The castle was built of cut stone in 1831. The castle was the property of the Knox-Gore family for over a hundred years. In 1908 the family sold it to the Beckett family of Ballina. Mr. Beckett had a dream to turn the grounds into a racecourse and a stud farm but died before his dream was realised. A man called Marshall Doran bought the castle and turned it into a hotel. We now know it was "Beleek Castle Hotel".

Click on the pictures below to see a bigger picture of some of the features of the wood
old bark crete boom
elderberries Granite bolder
holly tree monastery
sycamore leaves bark

 

 

 

 

 

The Castle Grounds

The Gate Lodge Castle


 


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