Postcards of Ballaghaderreen


The meaning of the name Ballaghaderreen is " the way of the little oaks". It was formerly part of County Mayo, but in 1859 an act of Parliament transfered a Costello barony into the barony of Frenchpark.

Ballaghaderreen is a cathedral town and is the seat of the Diocese of Achrony. Bishop Patrick Durkin (1852 - 1875) was the chief proponent of the cathedral for the Diocese.

The political dynasty of the Dillon family, who were prominent figures on the national stage came from Ballaghaderreen. John Blake Dillon was co-founder of the newspaper "The Nation" with fellow Young Irelanders, Thomas Davis and Charles Gavin Duffy.

M. Duff & Co., Ltd., Ballaghadereen of Monica Duff general merchants was the chief local publisher. They profited from the sale of the stamps also, as they had the local post office. John Flannery & Co., Ltd., Ballaghadereen was the other local publisher of these view postcards.

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