10 August 2009

The Commons, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary








The Commons, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary
Photographs and information provided by M.Maher.

The village of The Commons in Slieveardagh is rather famous on a number of fronts as it already hosts
·the National Flag Monument erected in 1989 and formally unveiled by the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland , the Late Cardinal Tomas O Fiach . It was erected in a tribute to its origins in the village in 1848 where the Tricolour was first flown on the night before the United Irishmen rebellion at the nearby Famine Warhouse .
·a monument to the World Record holding middle distance runner John Joe Barry (better known as Ballincurry hare) who was born nearby.
·the location of the said Famine Warhouse nearby which is now a National Monument under the Office of Public Works. This was the scene of the abortive United Irishmen rebellion of 1848.
·a plaque commemorating the life of local born but nationally known traditional musician , Larry Wall Fitzpatrick

The Ball Alley itself was built in about 1960 on lands donated by a William Brennan and replaced an earlier facility futher up the village. It hosted Senior Handball All Ireland Finals at that time involving the Delaney brothers of Kilkenny, Joey Maher of Co. Louth and Tipperary’s own Thomas Doheny. It was also extensively used as an outdoor and open dancing platform up until the late 1980’s. Sadly, it has lain in disrepair now for many years.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

My brother and I attended the first important game played at this venue. It was an All-Ireland Senior Hardball Singles Final between Joe Maher of Louth and Paddy Downey of Kerry. Joe won. To my knowledge, this was his first senior success. Joe went on to win a World Title playing for Canada in 1967.

james noonan said...

hello my grandad bogan healy played around this alley did any of you.s ever see him play plz comment back

Anonymous said...

Often heard my late father speak of the prowess of Boggan as the top handball player of Boggan's era in the Commons area.

Martin maher said...

attention : James Noonan
I wrote the small piece above . I'd be very interested in talking to about your grandfather Boggan as I intend to write a piece on him in this years Ballingarry Parish Journal .if you read this could you contact me on at : mtnmaher@yahoo.co.uk
Thanks,
Martin Maher
Ballingarry

Beryl Clampton said...

I am interested in Boggan Healey. I am research this family for my son in law and his mother (Elizabeth Hennessy) Boggan was Elizabeths grandmothers brother. I am interested in any comments or information and would love to know of any descedants alive today.

Many thanks

Beryl Clampton.
beryl@clampton.com