or Ballyhooly, meaning "Ford of the apples”, is a small village
in north County Cork between Castletownroche and Fermoy.
Ballyhooley is home to several pubs, a church, community center
and petrol station with shop.
Castle Ballyhooley, a 17th-century manor house outside of the
town, was the site of a well-known skirmish during the Irish
Civil War, known as the "Ballyhooley Massacre," despite the fact
that only one person was killed. Ballyhooley is also the subject
of the novel The Ghost of Ballyhooley by Betty Cavanna,
which relates the story of a local girl who disappeared from the
castle in the 1890s and was never found. Other books include
The Ford of the Apples.
The village which is situated on the river Blackwater was the
former seat of the Earls of Listowel. Earl of Listowel
(pronounced "Lish-toe-ell") is a title in the Peerage of
Ireland. It was created in 1822 for William Hare, 1st Viscount
Ennismore and Listowel, who had earlier represented Cork City
and Athy in the Irish House of Commons. The family seat was
Convamore House, near Ballyhooly, County Cork.
In April 1921 Convamore House was burnt down by The Irish
Republican Army (IRA). Convamore was finally demolished in 1969.