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‘The Social Scene Ballingarry’ - recollections of Village Life in Tipperary

Slieveardagh Mining Interest Group

  • Co. Tipperary

The coalmining industry was the main employer in the Slieveardagh Hills in the mid-20th Century. The men who worked for the mines reared families, contributed to the community and also had a social life. This year for Heritage Week online we are fortunate to be able to share a recollection of social events and entertainment in Ballingarry Village in the mid-20th century.

Ex-miner Billy Barron, who worked in Gurteen as a ‘fitter’ or electrician reads ‘The Social Scene’. It was written by his father Michael Barron, in the mid-70s or early 80s, it charts the social life in the village of Ballingarry from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Over the years this extremely observant and creative man Michael photographed the local area and then put pen to paper to record the changes in the local social life over a period of 50 years. This is the story of the coal mining village of Ballingarry, but it could anywhere in Ireland in the 20th Century.

Over six days during Heritage Week 6 blogs of 'The Social Scene’ will be posted on the tipperarycoalmines.ie The link will also be shared on the Facebook page Tipperary Coalmines.

On the 1st of January 2022 tipperarycoalmines.ie website became live. It was developed using material gathered for the ‘Coalmines of Tipperary’ blog made as part of a Heritage Week project last year. That project won the Tipperary County Award 2021. This tour and much more is now available on the website tipperarycoalmines.ie.


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