Ballina town, or Béal an Átha (mouth of the ford), is situated in Kilmoremoy parish, named for the ancient monastic site of Cill Mhór na Muaidhe (the great church of the Moy), . The town developed as a small sea port and market town on the estuary of the River Moy It became a significant port for the export of livestock to Great Britain until the outbreak of World War II. The Quay is currently used primarily for pleasure boats.

Ballina is built on the river Moy, one of the finest salmon rivers in Europe..Today, an opportunity to fish at the Ridgepool, a premier site for salmon, is keenly sought by anglers from all over the world. Pearse Street, the busy commercial centre of Ballina, was originally known as Knox Street after a leading landlord family in the area. After the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, Ballina Urban District Council changed the town's street names to honour those patriots killed in the Republican cause since 1798.

Extract from Pigot's City of Dublin and Provincial Directory, 1824.

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