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Ballylanders is a village in east County Limerick, in Ireland. The name comes from the Irish Gaelic Baile an Londraigh, the town of An Londrach An Londrach from the surname de Londra (Landers). Another understanding of the origin of the name, and the one which is given in most dictionaries of Irish placenemaes, would have it that “Baile an Londraigh” means “town of the Londoner”.

There is a holy well very close to the village which is the focal point the Pattern day, held on the 15th of August, and this is one of the major such fair days in the locality. The modern parish church is a round church, the first in the country.
Ballylanders won the Limerick county Senior Football championship in 1917, 1999 and 2007.
Griston Bog, on the west side of the village, is a noted nature reserve and bird sanctuary, with numerous birds, insects and plants. Ballylanders hosts an annual Pattern Festival centred around august 15th, the town itself is busy and bustling with a number of bars and shops. for an eating out option, check out Gallaghue’s Bar & Restaurant, Main Street, Ballylanders,  Co. Limerick
Ballylanders graveyard has been digitally surveyed and is viewable if you follow this link:  Ballylanders Historic Graves, click here
Historically the name translates as de Londra’s town  and is most likely of Norman origin and referring to a popular Anglo-Norman derived family surname of “Landers” or alternatively “de Londra” can give its translation as “Town of the Londoner”.
Frank Dineen (1862-1916) was one of Munster’s most promising athletes of the early 1880s. Later he became the only person to ever hold both posts of president (1885-1898) and Secretary (1898-1901) of the G.A.A., as Secretary he tried to restore financial stability when the Association was threatened with bankruptcy. In 1907 he fronted the purchase of the Croke Park site out of his own personal finances for £3,250.  He was the writer of the Gaelic column in influential weekly ‘Sport’ for many years. Prominent in Land League and Fenian movements, he became a supporter of John Redmond after the turn of century. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. The house in Ballylanders where he was born is now owned by the MacDermott family.

Ballylanders Griston Bog  

Ballylanders wildlife bog is situated at Griston Bog on the west side of the village. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, bees and insects and different types of waterlife, some of which are now in danger of extinction in many parts of the world. To facilitate easy viewing of the park, a special wooden walkway has been put in place which visitors can use as they guide themselves through this peat land with the help of the informative interpretative boards.

bog

The bog now boasts impressive purpose Outdoor Classrooms where teachers and classes can explore and learn about nature in unique and inspiring surroundings.