Milltown, County Kildare
Milltown is a village in County Kildare, Ireland. The village is in the townland of the same name in the civil parish of Feighcullen It is 7km from the town of Newbridge, it is on the R415 regional road between Crookstown. In the 2002 Census, the village had a population of 271, by 2006 this had shrunk by 10.7% to 242. Most recent census in 2016, shows the population of the village of Milltown is 365. Milltown is part of the Allen Parish; the Church of St Brigid is located in Milltown. The present Church of St Brigid was built in 1817. An inserted tablet records -A Chapel of ease was erected here in 1817 by Rev. John Lawler P. P. and the subscription of the faithful. It was renovated and reroofed in 1961; the Rev. John Lawlor who erected the Church, was Parish Priest of Allen 1802 to 1830, he was a native of Morristown in the parish of Monasterevan. A portion of the east gable of an older chapel of the penal times still stands near the modern church. An older church at Milltown or Ballymuillen is mentioned again in Dr McGeoghegan’s list of churches.
The Church of St Brigid underwent major renovation in 2007/08. Moll Anthony is buried in the graveyard. Damien Leith was raised in Milltown. Milltown is home to Milltown GAA, founded in 1888. Http://www.allenparish.ie/churches http://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/Aussie-cameras-zoom-in-on.1877354.jp https://web.archive.org/web/20070930013113/http://www.cso.ie/census/documents/census2006_Table_7_and_12.pdf
Prosperous, County Kildare
Prosperous is a small town in north County Kildare, Ireland. It is within the townland of Curryhills, at the junction of the R403 and R408 regional roads, about 40 km from Dublin, its population of 2,248 makes it the 14th largest town in County Kildare. The English name of Prosperous was given when the village was founded in the late 18th century by Sir Robert Brooke; the village takes its Irish name from the townland lying to the east, Corrchoill or an Chorrchoill, anglicised variously as Corrhill and Curryhills. An alternative meaning is "The wood of the small round hill" 4 and this makes sense topographically as there is a low hill to the east of the village; the village extends into the surrounding townlands of Ballinafagh, Killybegs and Downings. The town of Prosperous owes its origin to the vision and ideals of Sir Robert Brooke from County Cavan; the late eighteenth century was a time of attempted industrial development in Ireland and the industry upon which Prosperous was founded in 1780 was cotton manufacturing.
The name chosen by Brook for his industrial town could only be the product of a confident dream. A close parallel to the development of Prosperous was Stratford-on-Slaney in County Wicklow, founded by Henry Stratford, Earl of Aldeborough in 1785 as a textile centre. Despite huge investment and, in the case of Prosperous, much building and an initial population of 4,000, both industrial ventures were failures. Stratford disappeared and Prosperous declined to such an extent as to be described by Lewis in 1837 as ‘little more than a pile of ruins' situated'in a low marshy spot, surrounded by bogs and without water of importance nor reasonable hope of its revival' and more as a ‘straggling village labouring under its resounding name'. A number of ráths have survived in the Prosperous area, indicating settlement of the place in early Christian times. Time has not been kind to these ancient fortifications although in the case of one, it has been preserved as the centrepiece of a housing development: Rath View.
There is rath, just outside Prosperous on the eastern side of The Blackstick. It is possible that the townland of Downings takes its name from the word "Dún", the Irish for ‘fort', although questionable - given the higher proliferation of raths in many other parts of Ireland. Another explanation is that the local population used to converge at the nearby church on Sunday or in Irish Dé Domhnaigh - a closer phonetic match; some confusion arises after the late 1990s when a housing development in the village was named The Downings. Downings graveyard and church ruins, in the townland of Downings North - north of the R403 to Allenwood, mark the place of the first Christian church in the area. Tradition states that the church occupies the site of the cell of St Farnan whose feast is celebrated on the 15th of February. Nearby is the well of St Farnan, said to have been blessed by the saint, giving it the valuable property that those who drink of its water never after have any relish for intoxicating drink.
The old parish in this area was known as Downings. It was joined to the parish of Caragh in the eighteenth century. There is another ruined church surrounded by a graveyard at Killybegs; the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem had a Commandery here but little is known about it. A lease of 1538 refers to this points to its foundation before that date; the octagonal baptismal font with its carving of an angel, now at Prosperous church, came from Killybegs. During penal times there was a Mass-house in the townland of Goatstown, north of the Grand Canal; when the town of Prosperous was built, a Catholic church was erected near the cross-roads close to the present Drama Hall. This church was replaced by the present limestone church in 1869. Thomas Harris was a prominent Fianna Fáil politician from the town. A native of Cloncurry, near the Meath border, he was raised in Prosperous by his aunt Elizabeth Tierney; as a young man Thomas Harris had joined the Gaelic League while in school in Prosperous and subsequently joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood, County Kildare.
Harris fought with the Maynooth contingent in 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and was imprisoned in Frongoch, Wales until August 1916. Harris was Captain of the Prosperous Company in 1917 and Vice-Commandant North Kildare Battalion of the Irish Republican Army in 1921. A farmer, he represented the constituencies of Kildare from 1927 to 1937, Carlow–Kildare from 1937 to 1948, Kildare again from 1948 to 1957, he retired from politics. The town lent its name to Christy Moore's 1972 album, recorded there; the ruin of the town was accelerated by the Rising of 1798. Prosperous was one of the first places. In the early morning of 24 May 1798, a large group of rebels attacked the crown forces in the town. One of the buildings holding over 50 men, including the leader, Captain Swayne, was burned. Oral tradition relates that the rebels were led by Andrew Farrell and John Esmonde and assisted by Ruth Hackett in the burning of the barracks, she is featured on the 1798 monument in the town square. The rebels held Prosperous.
The troops were under the command of Colonel Stewart who boasted of destroying "this receptacle of rebellion". He said that the soldiers found drums with the inscription "Prosperous Strength Exists in Unity and Liberty". Despite the disappearance of all of the industrial buildings several of the hou
Celbridge is a town and townland on the River Liffey in County Kildare, Ireland. It is 23 km west of Dublin. Both a local centre and a commuter town within the Greater Dublin Area, it is located at the intersection of the R403 and R405 regional roads; as of the 2016 census, Celbridge was the third largest town in County Kildare by population, with over 20,000 residents. The name Celbridge is derived from the Irish Cill Droichid meaning "Church of bridge" or "Church by the bridge"; the Irish name was anglicised as Kildroicht, Kildroght, Kildrout. Celbridge was for a period the third largest town in County Kildare; the population increased by 7.8% between 2002 and 2006. This was the town's most rapid growth rate in absolute terms. In percentage terms it was a slowdown on previous growth rates which were at one stage the highest in Ireland; as of the census of 2011, there were 19,537 people living in Celbridge. Of the 2006 population of 17,262. 8,732 were male and 8,530 female, 4,307 were aged 0–14, 2,678 were aged 15–24, 6,219 were aged 35–44, 3,400 were aged 45–64 and 658 were aged 65 years and over.
Of these 9,586 were single, 6,602 were married, 715 were widowed and 359 were separated. Only 4,146 of the 16,980 who were recorded by the census as "usually resident in Celbridge" had been born in County Kildare. 10,071 had been born elsewhere in Ireland and 2,763 were born outside Ireland. Celbridges's two main active parish churches are those of Christ Church. St Patrick's forms part of the Catholic Parish of Celbridge and Straffan within the Archdiocese of Dublin. Christ Church is the Anglican Parish Church for Celbridge and forms part of the grouped Parish of Celbridge and Newcastle-Lyons in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Diocese of Glendalough. Celbridge Christian Church is a non-denominational independent church formed in 2005; the congregation is drawn from many nations and numbers over 85 adults and 70+ children. Its current pastor is Paul R Carley. Pastor Carley has ministered in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Kenya. Celbridge has six primary schools: Primrose Hill, St Brigids, Aghards known as Scoil Mochua, Scoil na Mainistreach, North Kildare Educate Together National School, St Patrick's located in the GAA grounds on the Newcastle road.
There is a residential special school, Saint Raphael's, for children with a learning disability. Celbridge has one of the few Primary Montessori Schools in Ireland, Weston Primary Montessori School, established in 2016 by the parents and teachers of the former Glebe School; this school provides a Montessori education to children from 3–12 years and is located on the grounds of Barnhall Rugby Club. Celbridge's growth has created some traffic congestion, including at peak times. A 2008 report by Kildare County Council attributed some of the issues to the single bridge over the Liffey in the town, issues with illegal parking and parking enforcement; the Celbridge Interchange which connects the town to the motorway as well as the Intel and Hewlett Packard plants in Leixlip, was opened in 2003 to help address related traffic issues, with some success. Pay parking applies along Main St. and other roads in the town centre, with some free parking available at weekends. There are car parks behind The Mucky Duck Pub and Walsh's Pharmacy.
The town is served by Dublin Bus along the 67 and 67X routes with a nitelink service running on a Friday and Saturday nights. These routes link the town to the city centre as well as the nearby towns of Maynooth; the Town is served by Bus Éireann route 115 and 120. Iarnród Éireann runs commuter rail services to a station in Hazelhatch, about 3 km from Celbridge village. There is a limited feeder bus service to/from the town. Commuter suburban rail services from Kildare to Dublin city centre serve Hazelhatch, although these are quite limited on Sundays; the service brings passengers to Grand Canal Dock. The station is located on one of the most important InterCity lines in the country, with services to Cork and Galway, however these do not stop at Hazelhatch station. Under the Transport21 plan, Hazelhatch-City is to be electrified to provide a new DART service to Balbriggan, using the DART Underground in the city centre; however this has been indefinitely postponed due to lack of funding for the project.
Celbridge GAA park and centre on the Hazelhatch Road was opened in 1996, ending 52 years without a home, the club having lost its field in Ballymakeally after a court case in 1944. Celbridge GAA club is the third oldest club in County Kildare being formed on 15 August 1885, eight months after the GAA was founded in Thurles. In 1890 there were two clubs in the parish, one based in Kilwogan, Celbridge Shamrocks with 64 members, the other at Hazelhatch where Irish Harpers had 70 members. Celbridge play at senior level in both codes, they won their first Kildare Senior Football Championship in 2008. Celbridge GAA had won it
County Meath is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region, it is named after the historic Kingdom of Meath. Meath County Council is the local authority for the county. At the 2016 census, the population of the county was 195,044; the county town of Meath is Navan. Other towns in the county include Trim, Laytown, Ashbourne and Slane, it is one of only two counties outside the west of Ireland to have an official Gaeltacht and the only county in Leinster to have an official Gaeltacht. Meath is drained by the River Boyne; the county is the 14th-largest of Ireland's 32 counties in area, the ninth-largest in terms of population. It is the second-largest of Leinster's 12 counties in size, the third-largest in terms of population; the county town is Navan, where the county hall and government are located, although Trim, the former county town, has historical significance and remains a sitting place of the circuit court. County Meath has the only two Gaeltacht areas in the province of Leinster, at Ráth Chairn and Baile Ghib.
Meath has seven land borders and a small stretch of coastline stretching from Mornington to Gormanston beach. The counties bordering Meath are: Dublin, Louth, Kildare and Monaghan. There are eighteen historic baronies in the county, they include the baronies of Ratoath. While baronies continue to be defined units, they are no longer used for many administrative purposes, their official status is illustrated by Placenames Orders made since 2003, where official Irish names of baronies are listed under "Administrative units". There are 40 elected members of Meath County Council. Fine Gael holds 13 seats, Fianna Fáil holds 10, Sinn Féin holds 8, there are 9 independents. There are two Dáil constituencies, Meath West and Meath East, which together return 6 deputies to Dáil Éireann. Fianna Fáil holds 1 seat in each constituency, Fine Gael holds 2 in Meath East and 1 in Meath West, Sinn Féin holds 1 in Meath West. There was only one Meath constituency. Fianna Fáil held three seats out of five in the Meath constituency between 1987 and its abolition in 2007.
Meath East lies within the borders of the county. Part of the county along the Irish Sea coast, known as East Meath, which includes Julianstown and Laytown-Bettystown-Mornington, is included in the Louth constituency; the county is colloquially known by the nickname "The Royal County", owing to its history as the seat of the High King of Ireland. It formed from the eastern part of the former Kingdom of Mide but now forms part of the province of Leinster; the kingdom and its successor territory the Lordship of Meath, included all of counties Meath and Westmeath as well as parts of counties Cavan, Louth and Kildare. The seat of the High King of Ireland was at Tara; the archaeological complex of Brú na Bóinne is 5,000 years old, includes the burial sites of Newgrange and Dowth, in the north-east of the county. It is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site; the Hill of Tara, an ancient historical site - Ard Rí or high king of Ireland. Castles at Trim, Slane and Killeen. Religious ruins at Trim, Slane, Skryne.
2500-year-old mound structures of disputed origin at Teltown. Teltown is home to Ireland's pre-Olympic Games The Tailteann Games, which some records date back to 1869 BCE. Brú na Bóinne Unesco World Heritage Site includes an ancient historical site. Dangan Castle, the family home of Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS. Tayto Park, Ireland's only theme park, is located close to Ashbourne. Trim Castle is Ireland's largest Norman castle, was the setting for many Norman-Irish parliaments. Meath is home to Kells, with its round tower and monastic past, Ireland's only inland lighthouse, the 18th century Spire of Lloyd, it is the town in which the famous Book of Kells was purportedly finished and remained for a number of years. The Battle of the Boyne took place in Meath in 1690, close to the modern-day village of Donore. During World War One a British army unit ran a detention camp for prisoners of war outside the town of Oldcastle. In Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With The Wind, it is mentioned that Gerald O'Hara, Scarlett O'Hara's father, was born in County Meath.
Tara is the name of the Georgia plantation. Famous Anglo-Irish MP Charles Stewart Parnell was elected member of parliament for Meath in Westminster in 1875 until 1880. Today he is locally commemorated by a small courtyard in Kells town centre; the population of Co. Meath suffered significant decline between 1861 and 1901 halving; this increase was due to a baby boom locally. The population continued to increase at a constant rate, before increasing at an explosive rate between 1996 and 2002, from 109,732 to 134,005; this is due to economic factors, with the return of residents to live in the county, an echo effect of the 1970s baby boom. The census of 2011 gives a figure of 184,135, including a dramatic increase i
Ballymore Eustace is a small town situated in County Kildare in Ireland, although until 1836 it lay within an exclave of County Dublin. It lies close to the border with County Wicklow; the town's name, shortened to "Ballymore" in everyday usage, derives from the Irish An Baile Mór with the addition – to distinguish it from several other Ballymores in Ireland – of the family name Eustace. A fuller version of the town's official name in Irish is Baile Mór. Prior to the Norman invasion the area was known as Críoch Ua Cormaic. Ballymore Eustace is located at the junction of the R411 and R413 regional roads, on the River Liffey, over which the R411 is carried by a rare seven-arch bridge, it had a population of 872 at the 2011 census. The town is served by Dublin Bus, with route number 65, four times daily, at irregular intervals. Ballymore Eustace in the 13th century – at the time known as Ballymore – was the site of a castle, which in 1244 was granted an eight-day fair to be held on site by Henry III.
The upkeep of the castle was given to Thomas Fitzoliver FitzEustace as constable in 1373, his family came to be associated with the town, lending it its present name. Several of Thomas' descendants held the office of Constable, including his grandson Sir Richard FitzEustace and his great-grandson Sir Robert FitzEustace. No trace of the castle exists today, but the importance of Ballymore is underlined by the fact that Parliament was held there in 1389, it was a border town of "the Pale", giving it strategic importance in the area, but leading to its raiding by local families. The first reference to a church is in 1192, but the existence of two High Crosses in St. John's Graveyard indicates a pre-Norman church site; the town and surrounding lands formed for centuries one of three adjacent exclaves - detached portions - of the barony of Uppercross, County Dublin. These lands part of Dublin because they belonged to religious foundations there, were among the last such exclaves in Ireland, being merged into Kildare only in 1836.
The town was the scene of one of the first clashes of the 1798 rebellion when the British garrison were attacked by United Irish rebels on 23 May but managed to defeat the attack in the Battle of Ballymore-Eustace. In the 19th century, the town's largest source of employment was a cotton mill, the ruins of which still stand by the river at a spot known as the "pike hole"; this mill employed in the region of 700 people and a row of single-storey houses were built nearby to accommodate a number of their families – this terrace today known as "Weaver's row", running alongside and down the hill from the Catholic church. Near the town are the Blessington Lakes, or Poulaphouca Reservoir, created artificially in the 1940s by the damming of the river Liffey at Poulaphouca or “Ian Slattery’s hole”, or the "Devil's hole"), done to generate electricity by the Electricity Supply Board, to create a reservoir for the supply of water for the city of Dublin, it is not known whether Ian’s hole can generate electricity, one way or another, it is commodious.
It’s large. The water is treated at a major treatment plant, the Water Treatment Works at Ballymore Eustace run by Dublin City Council. Activities such as fishing, sailing and windsurfing are seen on Blessington Lakes, whereas waterskiing and fishing takes place on the Golden Falls lake downstream from Poulaphouca Dam. Nearby is Russborough House, a fine example of Palladian architecture, which houses the Beit art collection, much of, donated to the state by Sir Alfred Lane Beit, including works by Goya and Rubens, it has been a place of interest for the film industry. The 1959 film Shake Hands With the Devil was filmed around the town; some of the battle scenes in Mel Gibson's film, were filmed around Ballymore Eustace. The 2003 film King Arthur was mostly shot in the village; this resulted in a 1 km long mock-up of Hadrian's Wall being constructed in a field outside of the village during 2003. This was disassembled and the field was returned to its original state; the Irish short film Six Shooter shot scenes at Mountcashel, in Ballymore Eustace.
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Kilcock is a town and townland in the north of County Kildare, Ireland, on the border with County Meath. Its population of 6,093 makes 76th largest in Ireland; the town is located 35km west of Dublin, is on the Royal Canal. Local industries include a large Musgraves distribution centre) which supplies SuperValu and Centra stores across much of the country. Kilcock takes its name from the 6th century Saint Coca who founded a church beside the Rye River, a major tributary of the River Liffey; the saint is traditionally said to have been a sister of St. Kevin of Glendalough. A holy well dedicated to Coca thought to be lost in the back-yards of Kilcock, is believed locally to be in the area behind the Ulster Bank, her feast is remembered on 6 June. However, this commemoration is a modern revival as when the Ordnance Survey of the area was being made in 1837 it was recorded that "there is no old church in ruins in this parish nor is any patron saint or day remembered... the meaning of the name Cille Choc is not remembered."
When the present parish church was dedicated in 1867 it was named for St. Coca, it had cost £10,000 to build to the design of architect J. J. McCarthy. In the 8th century there was a battle between rival kings near the church of St. Coca in the territory of Carbury and close to the border between Leinster and Meath. There is a gap of several hundred years until the next reference to Kilcock when, in 1303, it belonged to the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem at Kilmainham. In the 17th century and fairs were held in Kilcock; the tolls and duties of Kilcock Fairs were shared between the Wogans of Rathcoffey and the Eustaces of Castlemartin, county Kildare. Kilcock had 70 acres of common land. There was a Commons at Courtown and Laragh Commons; the markets in Kilcock were the largest in North Kildare. A measure of oats in those times was referred to as a "Kilcock Measure" Kilcock is a rare example of a place where a road, a canal, a railway and a river run side-by-side; the M4 motorway bypasses Kilcock to the south of the town.
The motorway connects Dublin to the west of the country. There is an NRA plan to create an outer orbital motorway, which would extend 80 km from Naas to Drogheda, via Kilcock. Bus Éireann has route 115A running from Dublin to Mullingar passing through Kilcock; the railway arrived in Kilcock on 28 June 1847, but the station closed on 1 July 1848, as it was sited on a 1 in 100 gradient, which the locomotives of the day found difficult to start off from. This site was east of the current Kilcock station. A replacement station opened in 1850 west of the town, where the old N4 crosses the canal and railway, but closed in 1963; the current Kilcock railway station, under Shaw Bridge, opened in 1998. As of November 2016 there is construction underway by the county council to pave a pedestrian path along the riverbank giving cyclists and avid walkers a safer route to traverse into surroundings areas such as Maynooth without having to venture onto the main road. Kilcock at present has three primary schools: Scoil Choca Naofa, St. Joseph's BNS, Gaelscoil Uí Riada.
The latter was given a brand new location beside the Bánóg on the outskirts of the village. Kilcock is home to secondary school Scoil Dara, located on Church Street it accommodates over 800 students from Kilcock and surrounding areas including Donadea, Enfield and Mulhussey; the town's library features mementos of the poet Teresa Brayton, born in Kilbrook. The Old Bog Road, 4.5 km west of the town, was the subject of her most successful verse. It was set to music by Madeline King O'Farrelly and recorded by Eileen Donaghy, Josef Locke, Johnny McEvoy, Hank Locklin, Finbar Furey, Anthony Kearns, Daniel O'Donnell, Finbar Wright and many other artists up to the present day. There is the old manor where Lady Catherine McCormack was born in the 1800s. Found locally in Calgath, Co Meath is "Bridestream", "Larchill, an 18th-century Ferme Ornée, the only surviving complete garden of its type in Europe." Larchill was restored from the mid-1990s, scenic walks through beech avenues link several classical and gothic follies.
There is a 8-acre lake with two island follies, a formal walled garden with shell-lined tower and a model gothic farmyard. Kilcock Art Gallery was established in 1978 by Breda Smyth and opened by George Campbell, R. H. A.. Kilcock has a greenway cycle/walkway which runs from Maynooth through Kilcock for 38 km towards the Westmeath border, considered a "beautiful scenic route." Kilcock Canoe Polo Club occupies a site in the harbour at Kilcock on the Royal Canal with regular training sessions for boys and girls for canoe polo. This site is the only place in Ireland where there are two international sized pitches available for the sport, The European Canoe Polo Open Championship was held there in 2005 and the Irish Open in 2013 K. M. D. S is an amateur musical society affiliated to the Association of Irish Musical Societies, in existence since 1970; the society has produced many successful productions, both musical and non-musical over the past 40 years. They include Grease, The King and I, Oliver!, Finian's Rainbow, Godspell, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ S
Maynooth Castle is a ruined 12th century castle in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland which stands at the entrance to the South Campus of Maynooth University. Constructed in the early 13th century, it became the primary residence of the Kildare Fitzmaurice and Fitzgerald family; the area covered by modern Kildare was granted by Strongbow to Maurice Fitzgerald, Lord of Llanstephan in 1176. The original keep was constructed about 1203; the castle was built by Gerald Fitzmaurice, 2nd eldest son of Maurice Fitzgerald, Lord Llanstephan at the junction of two streams in the late 12th century and became the home of the Fitzmaurice and Fitzgerald family. From on it was expanded by Sir John Fitzgerald in the 15th century. Gerald Fitzmaurices descendants became the Earls of Earls of Leinster. Lords Deputy of Ireland; the Fitzgerald occupation of the castle ended with the 1534 rebellion of Silken Thomas, the son of the ninth Earl of Kildare. An English force led by William Skeffington bombarded the massive castle in March 1535, the heavy modern siege guns of the English army making a ruin of much of the Medieval structure.
The castle fell after the garrison summarily executed before the castle gate. Silken Thomas was captured shortly afterwards and committed to the Tower of London with his five uncles, they were executed for treason at Tyburn on 3 February 1537. The Castle was restored in 1630-35 by Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, after his daughter had married George FitzGerald, 16th Earl of Kildare but much of this building was destroyed in the 1640s during the Eleven years war. Only the gatehouse and the Solar Tower survive; the Fitzgeralds left Maynooth for good and made first Kilkea Castle and Carton House their family seat. Restoration work on the castle was restarted by the Office of Public Works in February 2000 to develop it into a Heritage Site, it is now open to the public from June to October, 10.00 a.m. - 5.45 p.m.. Today the ruined building remains as a tourist attraction, with limited access possible. "Maynooth Castle". Saint Patrick's College. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
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