Ballyduff now that’s a name to conjure with, a small village on the Kerry coast between Ballybunion and Tralee, that’s the village of old Ballyduff.
As you leave Ballybunion take the right hand fork towards Tralee, just 7 kilometres down the road you will pull into the village of Ballyduff.
Ballyduff also has its hidden secrets. They love hurling, it’s
in the blood, infact in a lot of the games there is plenty of blood.
This area is the Kerry capital of hurling.
County Kerry is famous for it’s Gaelic football, but in this part of North Kerry they are mad about hurling. People in other parts of Kerry think they are away with the fairies.
Kerry winning the Hurling All-Ireland !!!
Well I suppose it could be possible. But they would have to get pals with there direct neighbours (that’s another storey)
Hurling is a religion around here, but apart from battling against local teams like Ballyheige, Kilmoyle, Lixnaw and Causway they don’t go any further. There is a saying that if they got together they could win an All-Ireland.
There is a “Round Tower” as you leave Ballyduff, turn left at the brow of the hill on the Tralee road.
Round Towers are found all over Ireland but this one is particularly unique, pop over and have a look yourself, you’ll know what I mean.
The Rattoo Round Tower is probably Irelands most beautifully preserved Round Tower.
The Rattoo Round Tower reaches to a height of 92 feet and dates from the 10th or 11th century.
In the village of Ballyduff is the handsome new Rattoo
Heritage museum; it contains local and archaeological discoveries and
North Kerry’s fascinating history and folklore.
If you fancy a quick pint in Ballyduff there are 6 places to choose from, as you drive in from Ballybunion first there is The Hawthorn, then Brendan Purcell’s where there is the best pint of Guinness.
You can then stagger over to T.Brown, Flanagan’s, Yer Man’s Bar and Lowes.
Ballyduff also has two garages the usual shops an inspiring Catholic Church and a wide main street through the centre of the village.
Do you know who you are? Does your great, great grandfather come from near Ballyduff?
What else is there in Ballyduff?
There’s a way in and a way out.
Ballyduff is a farming village and a good base to tour North Kerry in peace and quiet.
I’m not saying there is not a lot of action here.
If you know of any other interesting information concerning the village of Ballyduff anything whatsoever, please E-Mail me and I will include it in this web site.
Here is one just below:
Ballyduff White Blackbird
The last time I was in ballyduff I met up with an old friend of mine from school who became a priest. We were having a sociable drink in the village and he told me about the church organist he knew quiet well a few years ago in the local parish church in North Kerry (No names mentioned).
Miss O'Leary, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was much admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.
My mate the parish priest came to call on her one afternoon early in the spring, and she welcomed him into her little cottage. She invited him to have a seat while she made the tea.
As he sat facing her old pump organ, the priest noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it, filled with water. In the water floated, of all things, an item the menfolk use to help prevent conception.
Imagine my mates shock and surprise. He couldn`t believe it! Surely Miss O'Leary had lost her senses! When she returned with the tea and scones, they began to chat.
My mate tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its unusual contents, but soon it got the better of him; he could resist no longer.
Miss O'Leary," he said, "I wonder if you would tell me about this?" (pointing to the bowl). "Oh, yes, Father," she replied, "Isn't it wonderful? I was walking in the village last October and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to put it on the organ, keep it wet, and it would prevent disease. And you know... I haven't had a cold all winter.