Ballymoe is a small village situated on the N60, close to the Galway-Roscommon border and the River Suck. Ballymoe derives its name from a fort which was erected by Queen Maeve of Connaught along the River Suck, under the command of Mogh. Later the fort and village became known as Átha Mogh Mór and later Béal Átha Mogh.

Ballymoe is the centre of a small rural area involved in small scale mixed farming. It has examples of natural history such as raised bogs, forts and a mass rock from penal times. The Suck Valley way-marked walk passes through the village.



With this project moving ahead in a speedy manner, it looks like the route from Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork to Cavan will be completed sometime next year.  The possibility of linking up with the Ulster Way from Cavan which will result in a National route to Antrim, is being discussed.

A significant part of this route passes through County Galway, this part has been named 'The Hymany Way'.  There are several ''friendly'' villages along this route who would have been involved in the launch of this Greenways Project a number of years ago.

There is a proposal to create a passport with each town and village on the route to have their own local stamp.  This will mean as a walker completes each days walk he/she will arrive in the village or town and receive a stamp in the local tourist office/pub/shop etc., the same way as An Post stamp a letter.

Greenways Ireland are looking for each town and village to come up with a draft design which is simple but part of the heritage of the village or town. Once this is done ,asap, the stamps can be designed and sent back to community groups for their approval.  The next phase is to launch the passport book with the heritage council. The plan is to get the President of Ireland. Michael D Higgins to launch the book in the Autumn, with two people from each village or town travelling to Dublin to stamp their village or town with the President on the day.

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