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How Ballivor got its name
In ancient Ireland people were very conscious of the clan to which they belonged and they referred to themselves as the Síol Cuinn (Seed of Conn) or the Uí Neill (descendants of Niall). In the time of Brian Boru, about the year 1000 AD, the practice of using surnames began.

With the arrival of the English colonists, use of the Irish prefixes Ó and Mac was prohibited, and the remainder of the Gaelic surname was written phonetically using English characters or translated into the closest English equivalent.

Iomhar was a common Gaelic surname in ancient Ireland. On the basis of its sound it became Eever and it came to be spelled Ivor. With the Mac prefix, the surname was MacEever, MacEver or MacIvor, and mistakenly, MacKeever. It is from a family named Iomhar, about whom nothing is known, that Ballivor gets its name.

The Ballivor Horse Show
Dating back to 1971, the Ballivor Horse show has in that time established itself as one of the country's leading equestrian weekends.

Every June Ballivor is awash with colour to welcome locals & visitors alike to their very own horse-show.


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