Balla

Irish Local Names Explained

Balla in Mayo. In the Life of St. Mochua, we are told that before the saint founded his monastery there in the seventh century, the place was called Ros-dairbh-reach [Ros-dar'aragh], i. e. oak grove; that he enclosed the wells of his establishment with a balla or wall; and that hence the place received the new name of Balla.

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