Flat Jim’s Travels

Carrowntemple, Gurteen, Co. Sligo

Flat Jim

Flat Jim

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Carrowntemple is one of our local graveyards but originally was a monastery in the time of St. Patrick. Carrowntemple centemary is the oldest building in our area older than any of the local towns Ballaghadereen, Charlestown or Gurteen.These standing stone slabs are from early Christian Ireland. They are of pagan Celtic iron age art designs. There are similar designs in the book of Durrow.


The Four Atlars, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon


The four altars were built in the penal times. At this time it was illegal to go to mass or to be a priest. People had to go to mass in secret outdoor locations like this where they could shelter from the weather at the different sides of the building but more importantly flee quickly in case the Redcoats (British army) came looking for the local priest and mass goers! The four altars are located outside Ballaghadereen. The Bishop of Achonry lives just across the road. Ballaghadereen is the cathedral town of our local diocese which like of school area covers parts of Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

Dr Douglas Hyde Centre, Frenchpark

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Douglas Hyde was the first president of Ireland. He revived the Irish language in Ireland at the start of the twentieth century.


The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Bealach an Doirín

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Long ago our area was coverd in a oak forest and thats why Ballaghderreen is called Bealach an doirin which means the way of the little oak. Derrinabroc means the wood of the badger.


Ballaghaderreen GAA club a proud tradition


Andy Moran Current Mayo Senior Football Captain. Andy Moran raised our blue flag for Active school week.


The Last Mayo Captain to lift the Sam Maguire Cup in 1951, Seán Flanagan was also a Ballaghaderreen club man.



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