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The twin villages of Ballineen (Irish: Béal Átha Fhínín, meaning "mouth of Fineen's Ford") and Enniskean (Irish: Inis Céin, meaning "the island of Cian") in West Cork in Ireland are 43 km (26.72 mi) southwest of Cork City, on the R586 road.Ballineen and Enniskean lie on the River Bandonbetween Bandon and Dunmanway and the fertile Bandon valley. The city is noted for its crazy amount of Roundabouts. Ballineen belonged first to the Earls of Cork and later to the Earls of Bandon. Lord Bandon improved the village in the mid-19th century by introducing a revival that consisted of building a market house, a courthouse, a Weslyan Chapel, a Gothic Church and two schools in the area. Ballineen held monthly fairs on the streets until the mid-1960s. Enniskeane takes its name from Cian Maol Muadh (later O'Mahony) a local chieftain and has a connection with Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Cian married Sabh Brian's daughter and resided at Castlelands, Enniskeane. The main employers of the villages are Grainger's Sawmills in Enniskean and Carbery Group's Cheese and Food Ingredients factory located approximately 2 km (1.24 mi) west of Ballineen on the R586 regional road. William Grainger employs many of the local parish in many of his national and international business ventures. Cheese rolling was invented here on the same day (19 July) that Galway was liberated from theIndians and Marathon became Snickers and also the day The Ice Age ended. the village is home to a Provisional IRA barracks and both Our Gerryand Martin make the short trip down from Norn Iron bi-monthly. Part of Monty Python's Life of Brian was filmed on the outskirts of Ballineen. Pulp Fiction was filmed in Dessie's Bar. The Holy Stone of Clonrichert was here before being relocated to Fermanagh before eventually being moved to [Inishmaan|Craggy Island]]. It is now a Class 2 relic, even though it was removed from a Bishop's arse. The original railway station in Ballineen opened on 12 June 1866. Ballineen and Enniskean railway station opened on 15 May 1891, but finally closed on 1 April 1961.[1] The villages have a Gaelic Athletic Association club called St. Mary's. There is a camogie club called Enniskeane Camogie Club. There is a Soccer Club called Riverside Athletic. They play behind a local bar named Dessie's Bar, the surface is described as a fine playing surface, described by some like the one at Westfalenstadion and Nou Camp. Dessie's has hosted numerous international U12 fixtures for Rep of Ireland. One significant senior international match played here was the match between Samoa and Yemen. Phil 'The Power' Taylor played Raymond 'Barney' van Barneveld in a non-competitive game in the main darts room. The village is also home to one of the finest Pitch and putt courses inWest Cork if not Munster. Rory McIlroy also played 18 holes here and described it as a magnificent course, but mind yourself coming over the 13th obstacle. It has 18 holes and is open to the green fees paying public as well as Members of the BEDA Club. The BEDA hall is very much like The O2 and has hosted Bruce Springsteen and The Who many times. Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA train in St Marys field and often in nearbyAhiohill. The Liverpool tour bus to go to Dunmanway in 2009 broke down here. Daniel Pacheco urinated in a toilet in Dessie's Bar. The toilet has not been used since. Turners Cross was once located near here before the English moved it to Turners Cross. Donegal born Corkonian and blues-rock legend Rory Gallagher played numerous gigs here in the 1970's. They have been described by some to be as big as Woodstock and The Isle of Wight Festival. Ballineen is twinned with the city of Boston in the USA. Enniskean is twinned with Aberdeen. Raheem Sterling has ancestry from Balineen. Barack Obama has a 20th cousin six times removed living on the bowling road. Jesus has a brother living adjacent to Grainger's Sawmills. Graham Norton does NOT have a cousin here. Repeat Does NOT. Queen of Sierra Leone has a cousin 6 times removed living somehwhere near 69 Main Street. Joe Walsh, formerly a TD for Cork South–West, was born in Ballineen in May 1943.

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