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  • Irish: Baile Uí Shírín / Baile Iarainn
Ballerin RC Church - - 767267.jpg
Ballerin Catholic church
Ballerin is located in Northern Ireland
Ballerin shown within Northern Ireland
• Belfast 54 mi (87 km)
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT51
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
List of places
Northern Ireland
County Londonderry
55°01′11″N 6°44′17″W / 55.019808°N 6.738°W / 55.019808; -6.738Coordinates: 55°01′11″N 6°44′17″W / 55.019808°N 6.738°W / 55.019808; -6.738

Ballerin is a small village between Garvagh and Ringsend in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is located within Causeway Coast and Glens district. It includes Saint Columba's Catholic primary school and Saint Mary's Catholic church.


The village lies within a townland that has a similar name. The village's name is usually spelt Ballerin, while the townland's name is usually spelt Boleran. Earlier spellings of these names include Ballyerin (1654) and Ballyirin (1613). All are believed to come from Irish Baile Uí Shírín, meaning 'Ó Shírín's townland/settlement'.[1][2] However, the local Gaelic Athletic Association club uses the Irish name Baile Iarainn,[3] meaning "townland/settlement of iron".


Ballerin is in Errigal civil parish and St Mary's is in the Derry Diocese, covering about half the Catholic parish of Garvagh.[4]


Ballerin is the focal point for a number of sports in the area including Errigal Boxing Club, Irish Dancing, indoor bowling, Camogie and Gaelic games.[3]


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived 2012-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ a b Ballerin Gaelic Athletic Club Archived 2011-03-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Garvagh Parish Archived August 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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