BALLYHANE, or BALLYHEAN, a parish, in the barony of CARRA, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4.50 miles (S. by W .) from Castlebar; containing 3734 inhabitants.
This parish is situated on the road from Castlebar to Ballinrobe, and is principally under tillage; it contains
- Kilboyne House, the residence of Sir S. O'Malley, Bart.
Fairs are held on July 4th, and Aug. 20th.
It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, and forms part of the union of Burriscarra, the church of which, a neat plain edifice, is situated in this parish, and has been lately repaired by a grant of £269 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners: the tithes amount to £165.
In the Roman Catholic divisions it is part of the union or district of Castlebar : the chapel is a good slated building.
At Drumrathcahil is a school of 76 boys and 40 girls ; and there are two pay schools.
At Kinturk are the ruins a fine old castle, formerly one of the residences of Grace O'Malley.