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Béal Átha Beithe
Main Street, Ballybay
Bheith i Lár Báire
"be at the centre"
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The town is the meeting point for roads going to Monaghan, Castleblayney, Carrickmacross and Clones. The town grew up from the convergence of the roads. The town is built beside a large lake, Lough Major (In Irish "Lough Mór") and the smaller Lough Minor. The Dromore River also runs through the south of the town, past Pearse Brother's Football Grounds, and past the Riverdale Hotel.
The town grew up in the 18th century, gaining its prosperity from the linen industry founded by the Jackson family. The Town council (Ballybay Development Committee) was established around 1870. Later, on 1 January 1921, an Irish Republican Army ambush led by Stephen Wise killed one Royal Irish Constabulary man, one civilian and three Auxiliaries were wounded during the Irish War of Independence
Buildings of note
Ballybay Market House is a four-bay two-storey building built in 1848. Ballybay also has a hotel, Riverdale, as well as Ballybay Community college, the local secondary school.
Local Link route M2 links the village with Monaghan several times daily Mondays to Saturdays inclusive. Collins Coaches provide a daily service from the town to Dublin via Carrickmacross, Ardee and Slane. Bus Éireann route 162 serves the town on schooldays linking Ballybay to Doohamlet, Castleblayney, Newbliss, Clones and Monaghan.
Today the town welcomes tourists and bird watchers who frequent the town to make use of the newly renovated lake district built around the local Lough Major. The town is also a destination for fishermen who travel to the town to take part in various fishing competitions. Many tourists travel to The Ballybay Wetlands Centre, which is a popular area for birdwatchers and hikers.
The local GAA club is Ballybay Pearse Brothers. The club's home ground is Pearse Park, located on the outskirts of the town. Since 1935, the club has won the Monaghan Senior Football Championship on 8 occasions, most recently in 2012. As of November 2019[update] Ballybay have 3 players on the Monaghan senior football panel.
In popular culture
The singer / songwriter Tommy Makem wrote a lighthearted song about the town, "In the Town of Ballybay".
The Jackson family of Ballybay were involved with the United Irishmen movement.[better source needed] One such Ballybay Jackson and United Irishman, James Jackson, fled to the United States where he became a politician, and owner of the Forks of Cypress Plantation. He is also a white ancestor of author Alex Haley and is a character and subject of his book Queen: The Story of an American Family and the miniseries Alex Haley's Queen.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Ballybay is twinned with the town of Osterhofen/Gergweis in Bavaria.
On 4 November 2008 an informal reception was held in Ballybay Town Council chambers for a visiting group from Osterhofen / Bavaria who were dressed in traditional Bavarian costume. The visit was organised in celebration of the 50th visit to the town by Karl–Heinz Herzegger, who had been instrumental in the setting up of the original twinning agreement.
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