is a village
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A townland or bally is a small geographical division of land used in Ireland. The townland system is of Gaelic origin—most townlands are believed to pre-date the Norman invasion and most have names derived from the Irish language...
in the south west corner of County Louth
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on the N2 national primary road
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. The village is home to the Cistercian Abbey of New Mellifont.
The Church of Ireland
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parish church at the lower end was built in 1810 to a design by Daniel Augustine Beaufort who was the rector between 1789 and 1821. There is a memorial in the graveyard at the front of the church to men of the parish who died during the 1914-18 Great War, inscribed on the front is the name of Lt. James Samuel Emerson
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V.C. who was born in the village. The church has been described as "dramatic and atmospheric" and hosted the 2008 Ardee Baroque Festival.
At one point there was a Russian language school in the village, which was founded by White Russian emigres. It is rumoured that the British spies Philby, Burgess and Maclean visited the school as part of their Russian language training.
Collon is home to an animal sanctuary
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where animals are homed until suitable accommodation is found.
The village also shares it's name with a popular Japanese confectionary snack - Collon
, wholely unrelated.
Mattock Rangers, Louth Senior Football Champions 2002 , 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Mattock Rangers, Louth Junior Hurling Championship Winners
- Mellifont Abbey
Mellifont Abbey , located in County Louth, was the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Ireland.-Origins:Founded in 1142 on the orders of Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh, Mellifont Abbey sits on the banks of the River Mattock, some ten km north-west of Drogheda.By 1170, Mellifont had one...
- List of towns and villages in Ireland
- Market Houses in Ireland
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