Time Travel Thursday
April 2001 - Ballyheige Ireland
Ballyheigue, officially Ballyheige (Irish: Baile Uí Thaidhg), which translates in English as Tadhg's town, is a coastal village in County Kerry, Ireland. This is a scenic resort town.
The Cantillon family came to Ireland with the Stuarts and like all the settlers of that time they intermarried and settled into the Irish way of life. They built their long prominent thatched dwelling in a location overlooking Ballyheigue bay but not exactly in the same place as the present castle ruins, It is said by many that Thadhg Cantillon gave Ballyheigue (Baile Uí Thaidhg) its name, however according to other historical sources, this may not be true. The name Tadhg O'Connor of the O'Connor chieftan clan of Barrow is said to have preceded Tadhg Cantillion. In the sixteenth century their lands were confiscated by Elizabeth I and 'planted' by the Crosbie family.