is a town in County Meath
County Meath is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the ancient Kingdom of Mide . Meath County Council is the local authority for the county...
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It is named after Saint Seachnall, who established a church there in the 5th century.
Máel Seachlainn was ancestor to the principal family of Brega
-Overview:Brega took its name from Mag Breg, the plain of Brega, in modern County Meath, County Louth and County Dublin, Ireland. They formed part of the Uí Néill kindred, belonging to the Síl nÁedo Sláine branch of the southern Uí Néill. The kingdom of Brega included the Hill of Tara, the site...
, Ó Maoilsheachlainn, is descended. Dunshaughlin (or more specifically, the townland of Lagore
Loch Gabhair meaning "Lake of the Goats" is a townland in the parish of Ratoath, Ireland. It is located between the villages of Ratoath and Dunshaughlin in County Meath, Ireland....
) is famous for an ancient crannóg
A crannog is typically a partially or entirely artificial island, usually built in lakes, rivers and estuarine waters of Scotland and Ireland. Crannogs were used as dwellings over five millennia from the European Neolithic Period, to as late as the 17th/early 18th century although in Scotland,...
or settlement from the 7th century where a number of Irish antiquities
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Approximately 1.6 km south of the village is a preserved workhouse from An Gorta Mór which was abolished by the Irish State in the early twenties. The workhouse is currently under private ownership and is not open to the public.
Dunshaughlin is 29 km from Dublin
on the R147, formally the N3 road but renamed after the M3 was opened. Today it is a thriving satellite town
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of the nation's capital. It has grown considerably over the last 20 years and while the population in 1996 was just 2,139, it was 3,063 by the census of 2002 and is recorded as 3,384 today (Census 2006).
Numerous housing estates centre on a main street with numerous retail units consisting of newsagents, pubs, take away food outlets, clothing stores and banks. There is also a business park on the outskirts of the town.
Dunshaughlin houses numerous public amenities, including a library, Meath County Council civic offices, a large community and sports centre, home to most of the town's organisations as well as a health centre. Equilibrium
, a piece of public art by Orla de Bri is displayed at the county council offices. In 2006, a town park was opened.
Dunshaughlin is served by Bus Éireann
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commuter services to Dublin, generally running at a frequency of every half hour, with plans to increase frequency to every 15 minutes. Subject to the reopening of the Dublin–Navan railway line, there will be a station
Dunshaughlin railway station is a proposed railway station intended to serve the town of Dunshaughlin in County Meath. The station is planned to be built as part of the second phase of reinstatement of the Clonsilla-Navan line, and is due to open in 2015....
near Dunshaughlin. Doubts have been raised, however, about the likelihood of the line being rebuilt. The old station was at Drumree
Drumree is a settled area in south County Meath, Ireland, south of Dunsany and approximately from Dublin city centre. The next nearest settlement was the hamlet at Dunsany Cross Roads....
, just outside of Dunshaughlin, though the reinstated line would likely be situated closer to the town.
Dunshaughlin has two primary schools, St. Seachnall's National School and Gaelscoil na Ríthe. There is also a VEC
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-run secondary school, Dunshaughlin Community College, which was recently selected as one of 12 schools worldwide to take part in Microsoft
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's Innovative Schools programme.
The town is represented in sport by a Men's & Ladies Gaelic football team. The Men's team were Meath county champions 3 years in a row from 2000-2003. Their main sponsor is the local supermarket, SuperValu Dunshaughlin. The local soccer club is Dunshaughlin Youths http://www.dyfc.ie
and is a very progressive club active both in the local community and in the North Dublin Schoolboys league http://www.ndsl.ie
. Other popular sports include tennis, golf and athletics.
The towns golfing community takes great pride in its golf course "The Black Bush Golf Club". Around 3 km (2 mi) outside the village a new golfing resort designed by Jack Nicklaus has been created at Killeen Castle. The course hosted the 2011 Solheim Cup
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despite it not opening until 2008.
The town also has a strong association with horse racing, in particular National Hunt racing
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The Dunshaughlin and District Road Racing Supporters Club are a club of like minded motorcycle racing enthusiasts who provide and support a racing machine for the Irish road race championship. This year (2011) local rider Benny Daly (#106) will be supported by the club in the Irish Senior Support Road Race championship. http://www.ddrr.ie/index.htm
The town has many skateboarders and it also has a skatepark.
The Dunshaughlin workhouse was erected in 1840-41 on a 2 hectare (5 acre) site 2.5 km (1.5 mi) to the south of Dunshaughlin, the building was planned to accommodate 400 inmates. Its construction cost £4,938 plus £912 for fittings etc. The building was declared fit for habitaion on May 12, 1841, and received its first admissions on 17 May.
During the Irish Famine in the mid-1840s, many hundreds of people were crowded into the stone building in dreadful conditions. A burial ground was located to the rear of the workhouse, which you can still visit today, sometimes memorial services are conducted here for those who died during the famine.
In the post-famine years, the workhouse rarely had more than a few dozen inmates. During the First World War, the building was used to accommodate Belgian refugees, some of whom died there and were buried in the paupers' graveyard. In 1920-21, the building was taken over as a barracks by the Black and Tans
The Black and Tans was one of two newly recruited bodies, composed largely of British World War I veterans, employed by the Royal Irish Constabulary as Temporary Constables from 1920 to 1921 to suppress revolution in Ireland...
during the Irish War of Independence
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Following the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922, the workhouse system was abolished. After many years of vacancy and semi dereliction the main building was taken into private ownership in the 1990s and now is primarily a private residence.
Dunshaughlin in Fiction
The Marvel Mutant superhero Shamrock
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was born in Dunshaughlin.
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