The Hunt House

Those who shop in the Town Centre (Super Valu) in Ashbourne should stop occasionally at the impressive trees in front of the Centre and imagine that here once stood the Hunt House, which gave it name to Huntsgrove, the houses built behind it. Continue reading

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Population of Ashbourne down through the years

In the last edition we gave the census figures for the area in the census of 1659. We move on some 200 years to the census figures for the 1800’s. Continue reading

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Killegland Castle

With the opening of the new town centre, Castle street has perhaps regained some of its former importance. Before the village of Ashbourne was built this road led to the site of Killegland Castle, from where it got its name. Continue reading

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The Rath Cross

The inspiration for the monument at the Rath Cross, just north of Ashbourne, comes from a poem written by Thomas Ashe. Continue reading

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Thomas Ashe

After our short piece on the monument at the Rath Cross, we were asked for some more information on Thomas Ashe. Continue reading

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Cnoc Neil

After you turn right for Ratoath at the Nine Mile Stone you will see on your left Cnoc Neil or Neil’s Mound or hill. Continue reading

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The Parish Hall

The face of Ashbourne is changing at such a rapid pace that it is very important to record and photograph the older buildings in the village. One of these buildings is what is called ‘The Parish Hall’ located on Frederick Street, beside the church. Continue reading

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Dun Riabhach Old School

We spoke before of the rapidly changing face of Ashbourne and the need to preserve records of its buildings and their origin. This month we focus on the old school in the grounds of the church. Continue reading

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Local Place Names: Segrave Square

One of the newest housing developments in Ashboume is called Segrave Square. The Segrave name was once of major importance in the area. Continue reading

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The Neighbourhood of Dublin

Extract from an old booklet by Weston St. John Joyce Continue reading

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A Short History Of Ashbourne

Copied (scanned) from A Short History of Ashbourne. Article dated 05/11/2002. Continue reading

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Racehill, Ashbourne

We return to the Ordnance Survey Field Names book 1835/36 for the last time to the heading ‘Miscellaneous Features’. Here we find a description of The Race Hill ‘from Local Sources’ : Continue reading

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Ashbourne (Killegland) in the 17th century

How we looked many, many years ago! Continue reading

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Ashbourne in 1836

In the last edition we gave a pen-picture of Killegland in the 1650’s. This month we move forward in time to 1836 where we find a description of the parish of Killegland, with sections on Race Hill, Ashbourne, Killegland Castle, Ashbourne Bridge and Killegland Graveyard. Continue reading

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Ned’s Lane

Turn left at the traffic lights before the bridge and walk along by the river – you are now walking along Castle Street – but very many of the residents of Ashbourne know this only as Ned’s Lane. Have you ever wondered who was Ned? Continue reading

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