Ballymote (Baila an Mhóta in Irish) is a town in County Sligo, Ireland.
Ballymote is a growing market town in south County Sligo, in the west of Ireland. It is an historic town, with Ballymote Castle, built by Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, dating from 1300.
Ballymote is on the main train line from Dublin to Sligo, with 5 trains daily each way.
As Ballymote is only a small village (population of 1,229 according to the 2006 census) you could walk around it an a very short time. The general Ballymote area, however, is inaccessible without some other form of transport, mostly car or bike, both of which can be hired in Sligo, only 15 miles away.
- Ballymote Castle, Tubbercurry road (take the R296 road, (signposted to Tubbercurry and ballina) less than half a mile outside the town, opposite the train station), ☎ (keyholders) Enterprise Centre, Grattan Street on (071)9183992. M-F 09.00 - 17.00. Although there are now no traces of the interior domestic buildings, you can see inside the very impressive walls of this early 14th century keepless castle There are no guides, so you show yourself around. Do ask at the Enterprise Centre for the information leaflet. small refundable deposit required for key.
- Fighting 69th Monument - Ireland's national monument commemorating Ballymote-born Brigadier General Michael Corcoran and the Fighting 69th Infantry regiment of the US Civil War. The monument also includes a small chamber set flush with the ground , which contains a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. This was donated by the parents of firefighter Michael Lynch, who perished in the attack, and who was from the local area.
population = | town pop = 1,229 | rural pop = 1,717 (2006)
web = www.ballymote.ie
Ireland's National Monument to Fighting 69th in Ballymote
It also has a market house, a 3 bay 2 storey building at the Rock, currently used by South Co. Sligo Community Mental health service of the Health Service Executive.
Ballymote lies on regional roads R293, R295 and R296, and on the main Dublin to Sligo railway line.
A number of sports are played in the town, including Gaelic Football and Soccer, both played at Brother Walfrid Memorial Park, Golf at the nine-hole course on the outskirts of the town, along with numerous other sports, particularly at under-age level.
Some well-known people from Ballymote and the surrounding areas include Brother Walfrid the founder of Glasgow Celtic Football Club, Michael Corcoran, Brigadier General of the 69th Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War, John Perry, a Teachta Dála in the 30th Dáil and Eamon Scanlon, also a Teachta Dála in the 30th Dáil, previously a Senator in the 22nd Seanad.
The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg unveiled Ireland's national monument to the The 69th Infantry Regiment (aka The Fighting 69th) and Michael Corcoran in Ballymote on 22 August 2006.