Ballybay Then and Now

This project was shortlisted for the national heritage awards 2021 in the category of best newcomers.

The Ballybay Heritage Group decided on the theme of “Then and Now” to showcase the streetscape of Ballybay and explore how much it has changed over the last century or so. We did this by collecting some amazing old photographs of some of the town’s most iconic buildings and recreating the photography in the modern townscape of Ballybay in order to see how much the surroundings have changed through time. We also researched the history of buildings, unearthing old stories and collecting local people’s memories of these places.

This research was displayed through an exhibition that run in different venues across town for the months of August and September 2021.

Now you can check out our findings below!

Bank of Ireland

The Train Station



For more interesting images of the railway and of Ballybay Station click here

The Riverdale Hotel

The Market House


Do you have a good quality frontal old picture of McGinnities? Let us know here. We would appreciate being able to add it to this website!

Grocery Store