A new website and brochure has been launched outlining the history of Ballingarry and the many attractions for visitors to the area.
Produced by Ballingarry Family Resource Centre, the website and brochure will serve as a guide for tourists to the village and the surrounding area.
According to John Harnett, a community worker based in Ballingarry FRC, the new website, www.ballingarryvillage.com, will contain an overview of the history of the area and information about local points of interest.
“This is really aimed at attracting visitors to the village,” he said.
As well as providing an overview of everything the village has to offer, the website also includes a section outlining the history of the village, dating back to the early fifteenth century when King Henry VI is said to have given the bailiffs of Ballingarry (known then as Garth) taxes and customs to repair defences and to wall the town. It details the long links between the town and the deLacy family, the ruins of whose castle still stands on the main street, and the village’s status in the nineteenth century as a centre of the thriving linen and weaving industry.
There is also a section on nearby Knockfierna Hill, which overlooks the town, explaining its history and the many places of interest located on the hillside.
For visitors to the town, there are sections on the sporting, business and accommodation amenities available in Ballingarry, as well as maps of the local area and contact details for local organisations.
The development of the website and tourist brochure was made possible by a donation from the Chicago-based Bredemann family whose ancestors emigrated to the United States from the Ballingarry area.
Members of the family travelled to Croom and Ballingarry last year as part of a Noonan-Cagney gathering and were hosted during their trip by Ballingarry FRC. Arising from this visit, the Bredemann family agreed to become financial benefactors of the centre in what is hoped will be an ongoing relationship.
Cllr Patrick C Fitzgerald, who helped facilitate the reunion, as part of the Gathering, said the Bredemanns are well-known in Chicago for their support of community projects.
“This was a great boost for Ballingarry and we would hope that members of the Family Resource Centre would visit Chicago as there is an invitation there for them to go and see what the Limerick diaspora and the Bredemann family are doing for the local communities there,” he said.
He added that the website would be a big asset to the Ballingarry area and would help to bring visitors to the village.
“Ballingarry has its own identity as well and this website and brochure will help to promote that,” he said.