The Ballinacree area has a rich historical heritage. There is much evidence of early human occupation of the area such as ring forts and souterraines. The placenames around Ballinacree such as Rathmae (Maeve’s fort) and Rathiever (Fort of Iver) provide evidence of human occupation of this area going back thousands of years.
In more latter years there is evidence of castle sites at Castlecor, Ballmacad and Moat, and other evidence such as Ballinacree Woollen Mills, Ballinrink Hall, Ruins of church at Ballinrink and Killeagh Cemetery and several mills and Lime Kilns which remind us of days gone by.
There is a Historical Museum housed in the Community Centre which has many artifacts of times past including the Ballinacree Banner.
In July 2013 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of St Brigid’s GAA a book “Stories from around Ballinacree” was published which documents many aspects of life in the Ballinacree area, including its history.
Ballinacree Historical Society has done a huge amount of work in researching our local history and preserving details of it for future generations.
Other articles on Ballinacree area of historical interest will be posted in due course