Ballingarry is a rural village in County Limerick, situated on the R518 road. The village is set in the lush green pastures of the Golden Vale, and is home to the highest point of County Limerick, Knockfierna.
There is a rich historial heritage in Ballingarry, translated from the Gaelic ‘Baile an Gharrai’, meaning ‘town of the gardens’. The De Lacy castle is situated on Knight Street, and was home to the De Lacy family, who are said to have fled Ireland as part of the Wild Geese in the 1690s.
In the 19th century, Ballingarry was a booming centre of economy, with a thriving linen and weaving industry present, coupled with a traditional farming heritage. The Famine 0f 1845-1849 decimated the local population, and therefore industry. It is said that in the pre-Famine days, the hill of
Knockfierna itself was home to over 600 people, many whom had been victims of eviction, and who went to live and farm on its commonland, a few minutes walk from the bustling town below.
In the modern day, several historical sites still stand, such as the De Lacy Castle, Protestant Church and graveyard, Famine dwellings and workhouse, as well as being overlooked by Knockfierna, a centre of great history, myth and folklore.
There is a great sporting history and pedigree in Ballingarry, with very successful football, hurling, camogie and soccer teams all still going strong into the 21st century.