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Town in County Cavan.


According to tradition, Conall Carnagh, one of the most renowned of the Red Branch knights of Ulster, was slain here in the first century; hence it was called Bel-atha-Chonaill, the mouth of the ford of Conall. Read the meanings of other Irish place names.

Ballyconnell is a situated on the Shannon-Erne Waterway in the summer season it is a hive of activity with cruisers plying their leisurely way along the canal, from 1856 when the canal was opened it was barges carrying various cargoes that made their was through the town, originally it was called the Ballinamore-Ballyconnell Canal, it had a relatively short life being abandoned in 1869. It lay for well over one hundred years before being restored at great expense.

The town is well provided with pubs, restaurants, and a nightclub. Being Cavan the fisherman will not be disappointed in the locality, quality accommodation is available in the Slieve Russell Hotel, which among its facilities are an 18 hole championship golf course, several restaurants, bars and a country club.

You can delve into the past there are many sites sites of archaeological interest these include the promontory fort at Ballyhugh and Killycluggin where the famous decorated stone which carries the sites name was found. Also in the locality there was in early medieval times a school dedicated to classical studies situated at Tomregan close to Ballyconnell, an unusual carved head found on the site now resides in Ballyconnell Parish Church.