Place:Ballyheige, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland


Alt namesBaile Uí Thaidhgsource: Wikipedia
Ballyheiguesource: Wikipedia
Located inCounty Kerry, Republic of Ireland
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Ballyheigue, officially Ballyheige, which translates in English as Tadhg's town, is a coastal village in County Kerry, Ireland. It is approximately north of Tralee on the R551.

It is a scenic resort town with many miles of beaches that connect to Banna Strand to the south, and Kerry Head to the north. It has an active community who run many events throughout the year including an annual summer festival in July and a Triathlon in September. Full details can be found on the Ballyheigue Website (see below).


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The Cantillon family came to Ireland with the Normans and like all the settlers of this time they intermarried and settled into the Irish way of life. They built their long prominent thatched dwelling in a location overlooking Ballyheigue bay but not exactly in the same place as the present castle ruins, It is said by many that Thadhg Cantillon gave Ballyheigue (Baile Uí Thaidhg) its name, however according to other historical sources, this may not be true. The name Tadhg O'Connor of the O'Connor chieftan clan of Barrow is said to have preceded Tadhg Cantillion. In the sixteenth century their lands were confiscated by Elizabeth I and 'planted' by the Crosbie family.

The fact that the castle whose front wall and towers, despite years of neglect still stand today offers testimony to the building knowledge, ability and skill of the trades people of that time. It was the Crosbie family who occupied the castle in 1812 and were appointed as landlords of the surrounding estate. The castle was at later date occupied and set alight by locals who opposed the crown forces. However, it is said by many locals that only the building was burnt but not the contents - they having been removed prior to the event and distributed throughout the parish. Some would contest this claim whilst others would testify to it.

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