Ballaghaderreen Cathederal
  Sport in Ballaghaderreen  
  Below is a list of the Sports facilities available in and around Ballaghaderreen, click on the link to get more information, to list a sport on our website contact us at
  Ballaghaderreen Tennis Club
Ballaghaderreen FC
Ballaghaderreen Golf Club


Ballaghderreen Tennis Club
Freda Waldron, Tel: 094 98 60787
Basil Clancy

  Club History:
On 17th December, 1947 a plot of ground at Knocknacunny was transferred to the Trustees of Friars Hill Tennis Club and a Committee was then formed to develop a Tennis Court there. The ten Trustees, Michael Gara R.I.P., William Whyte, John P. Donnell R. I. P. and Patrick Burns were registered as owners of the property in 1948 and on 31st May, 1949, a bank account was opened for the development.

50 years on, Ballaghaderreen and Districts Development Ltd., having acquired the site through the generosity of the surviving Trustees, has completed the redevelopment of the facility and the new Tennis Courts were officially opened on 7th June, 1999.

Current membership is 120, consisting mostly of children.  Each summer a Coaching Programme takes place during the second week in July.  This programme is sponsored by Kit Kat Eire and local business Ros Sports Partnership.  Children from the club take part in the annual Community Games Competition, and also in September 2007 children took part in the Novice Cup in Claremorris, taking home gold and silver medals in the U12 and U14 boys and girls.

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Ballaghderreen Football Club
President: Padraig Duffy 094 98 61146
Chairman: Andy Hanley 094 98 60671
Vice Chairman: Robert Foley 094 9860907
Secretary/Treasurer: Brid Duffy 094 98 60959
PRO Pat Browne 094 98 61029




  Ballaghaderreen FC was founded in 1995

The Club was established to cater mainly for the youth of the town and surrounding areas.

The Club depends mainly on voluntary funding from Local Businesses, Church Gate Collections and benefits from Roscommon & District League Bi-weekly lotto.

Having lost their pitch last year to property developers, the Club play their home games at Loughglynn Soccer Pitch, which is approx. 5 miles from Ballaghaderreen. The club are very grateful to Loughglynn Soccer Club for allowing us to use their facility in the interim.

The Soccer Club along with the Ladies Football and Community Games identified the Community Sports Park site, which was then purchased by the Community Park Committee in Ballaghaderreen. With funding this pitch should be ready in two years time.

The Soccer Club envisions the Ballaghaderreen Community Sports Park as its future home. The Club would welcome more help in keeping the Soccer Club alive.

Ballaghaderreen Community Park

The purchase of over six acres of land at Friars Hill by Ballaghaderreen Community Park Committee is potentially one of the most important developments to have taken place in recent years. The committee intend to develop the ground for sporting and recreational purposes including playing area, walking and running track, meeting room, changing facilities, benches and parking. Such facilities are badly needed in a town, which as seen unprecedented growth in housing in recent times with consequent increase in multicultural population.

While the original idea was to develop the old sports field, when it was learned that the convent land was for sale, it was seen as a golden opportunity to enhance the facilities. Discussions were held with the Sisters of Mercy who agreed to sell the 6 acres site at a very reasonable price and the committee have now taken possession of the field. A Feasibility Study is being undertaken at present - this is a necessary first step when applying for planning permission and obtaining the very generous grants, which are available for community facilities from government agencies and local authorities.

To help pay for the field and the Feasibility Study, a Church Gate collection and a race night were organised this year. Both received an excellent response from business people and the general public. However, further fund-raising will be necessary as all grants are dependant on a percentage being collected at local level. The committee are hoping for continued support from the people of the area and also from our emigrants who might wish to be associated with this venture in their native place.

Donations can be made directly to AIB A/C Ballaghaderreen No. 61348082 Sorting Code 93-25-58


Ballaghderreen Golf Club
Co. Roscommon.
tel: 094 9260295



  The Lung Valley  

Ballaghaderreen is situated in North Roscommon - one mile from the Lung River in the west of Ireland on the N15 national primary road, 15 miles from Knock Airport, 30 miles from Sligo and 50 miles from Galway.

The Lung River is 18 miles long with 6 major connecting lakes rising in Cloonaugh, Urlar, Errit, Cloonaholly, Loughglynn and empties into Lough Gara north of Ballaghaderreen town. Size of lakes varies from 500 - 2000 acres. The Lung system is a tributary to the Shannon and it's sister river the Breedoge, Frenchpark.

The Lung Valley is an anglers paradise, probably the best Coarse Fishing waters in Ireland for Brean, Roach, Rudd, Hybrids, Perch, Tench, Eel, Pike and Trout. Specimen trout up to 91bs bas been caught recently and Pike in access of 20lbs. Bags of Bream and Roach have been caught in access of 461bs on the day of conlpetitions. The Lung Valley is a developed stretch of water with easy access off the road safe parking, nature walks, boat slip-ways, fishing stands, also disabled fishing stand on the Lung River and Lough Gara Lake for physically impaired anglers.

Paul Maree from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, caught a 32lb pike while out fishing on Sunday 23rd January 2005 on a nearby lake.


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