Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, by Samuel Lewis. 1837
BALLON, a parish, in the
barony of FORTH, county of CARLOW, and province of LEINSTER, 3 1/2 miles
(S. E.) from Tullow; containing 1439 inhabitants, of which number, 161
are in the village. This parish is situated on the road from
Newtown-Barry to Carlow, and comprises 3520 statute acres, as applotted
under the tithe act: it is principally grazing land; the state of
agriculture is much improved; and in Ballon hill is a quarry of fine
granite. The gentlemen's seats are Larogh, the residence of J. O'Brien,
Esq.; and Altamount, of Nelson St. George, Esq. Fairs are held here on
March 28th, and Aug. 12th. It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Leighlin,
and is part of the union of Aghade: the rectory is impropriate in Lord
Cloncurry. The tithes amount to £220 of which £140 is payable to the
impropriator, and £80 to the incumbent. In the R. C. divisions, this
parish forms part of the union or district of Gilbertstown, called also
Ballon and Ratoe: the chapel, situated in the village of Ballon, is in
In the village is also a
school for boys and girls, for which the school-bouse was built by R.
Marshall, Esq.; and there is another at Conaberry. These schools afford
instruction to about 160 boys and 160 girls; and there are two hedge
schools, in which are about 190 boys and 130 girls.
Paper found in Ballon R.C. Register.
Jacob Nowlan of Ravidon in the Parish of Wells, Barny of Idrone
West, Carlow states that a servant maid named Margaret Haw lived in
his house and in his employment in the Year 1840 as he believes
between August and Christmas in said year. She served in his
employment for about three months. during the said period a servant
man named Hugh Neill, now present, also lived in his house, during
that period no other servant man or labouring man lived in his
Hugh Neill aforesaid is from the neighbourhood of Ballon in this
county. He has since that time heard that the said Margaret Haw was
delivered of a child and that he heard it was rumoured that Hugh
Neill, now present, was the father of said child.
- Sworn before Hugh Faulkner at Ravindon,
- 24th November, 1841.
- (signed) Jacob Nowlan. Hugh Faulkner.
'They First Arose'
Nationalist, September, 1967.
Ballon writer launches new book.
- In the quite village of Ballon, local publican Mr William Nolan
last Thursday marked the launching of his novel "They First Arose",
---a two year labour of love --with a pleasant function in his home.
- A historical novel, centred around Ballon as it was in the
latter part of the 18th century, has as its hero, a local man, Ned
Hickey, who was involved in the "98 Rebellion.
- Mr Nolan (49) a Carlow County Councillor for twelve years, is
married with two children.
- Deeply interested in local history and tradition since boyhood
days, he started the book as a hobby.
- Mr Nolan maintains that we have failed completely in presenting
history in an attractive form.
- He says: we must present our past in its true light to our young
people and we must explain the motivation which eventually led to
our independence, but we must do it attractively.
Ballon Ex-R.I.C. Barracks, County Carlow
- Survey Plan Scale
8ft to 1 inch. Number 1928.
- Source: National Archives -
OPW/5HC/4/56 BALLON ex-R.I.C. Barracks County Carlow
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