Ballyroan was a prosperous Norman centre in the thirteenth century. Two Norman moated sites are nearby. Part of ruined former O'More Castle can be seen in the main street. Ridges and trenches east of the village contained iron mines in the seventeenthcentury. An important staging post on the Dublin-Cork coach road in the eighteenth century, it was caustically described by the traveller Arthur Young. The Catholic Church has many attractive features.


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