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Ballybunion or Ballybunnion[2] (Irish: Baile an Bhuinneánaigh) is a coastal town and seaside resort in County Kerry, Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic Way, 15 km (9.3 mi) from the town of Listowel. The famous Castle Green divides the two main beaches, with the Ladies Beach on the right and the Mens Beach to the left, names given to the fact that both sexes swam on separate beaches on the orders of the local parish priest, who walked it daily ensuring the rule wasn't broken. Further to the left of the Men's beach lies the Long Strand, a 3.2 km stretch of golden sand, overlooked by the huge sand dunes of Ballybunion Golf Club. It boasts two golf courses, the famous Old Course and the new Cashen course, it is a top class Links course founded in 1893 and host course to the Murphy's Irish Open in 2000 and Palmer Cup in 2004.

Ballybunion

Baile an Bhuinneánaigh
Town
Main Street, Ballybunion
Main Street, Ballybunion
Ballybunion is located in Ireland
Ballybunion
Ballybunion
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°30′36″N 9°40′19″W / 52.510°N 9.672°W / 52.510; -9.672Coordinates: 52°30′36″N 9°40′19″W / 52.510°N 9.672°W / 52.510; -9.672
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Kerry
Elevation
30 m (100 ft)
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total1,854
Irish Grid ReferenceQ862415
Websitewww.ballybunionbythesea.ie

According to the Central Statistics Office, Ballybunion had a population of 1,854 in 2016.

In the summer, Ballybunion by the Sea attracts many families and people to enjoy the beaches, scenery and wellness activities. The beaches near Ballybunion are a popular surfing site, with a dedicated surf school on the Mens beach. Other traditions include Seaweed Baths, featuring sea water with kelp. The town itself contains many restaurants, pubs and cafes, schools and other amenities. There is also a statue commemorating the golfing visit of Bill Clinton. This was the first statue of Bill Clinton on public display in the world.

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Health & LeisureEdit

  • Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre
 
Leisure Centre

This Health & Leisure Centre [3] opened in 2007 and is situated on Kit Ahern Road.

SportEdit

  • Golf
     
    Ballybunion Golf Club

The Ballybunion Golf Club was founded in 1893 and is home to arguably one of the best links courses in the world. There are 2 courses, the Old Course and the Cashen Course, both situated beside the beach.

  • Gaelic football

Stack Park is situated off Sandhill Road, and has an unofficial walk-in entrance off Central Park (mobile home part off Kit Ahern Road). This floodlight pitch provides training & matches for many divisions of players (incl under 8's, 10's, Junior, & Senior) as well as Ladies football.

The Ballybunion team are called the Beale team, named for a small townland a couple of miles up the coast from Ballybunion. The Beale colours are green with a red stripe. Some of the Beale legends include, not limited to, Oige Moran, Bomber Liston, Brian Horgan

  • Soccer

Ballybunion has two soccer clubs, both of which play in the Kerry District League. LB Rovers (formerly known as Lisselton Rovers) relocated to Ballybunion in the autumn of 2012 and got promoted from Division 1B in their first season. Prior to the move, Lisselton had been one of the most successful sides in the Kerry District League.

Shannon Wanderers, Ballybunion's other club, played in Division 1A for the 2012/13 season, which ended in them getting relegated.

Both clubs play in the Irish College pitch in the south of the town.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ Health & Leisure Centre Archived 2008-08-19 at the Wayback Machine