We are delighted to announce that Ashbourne Historical Society’s New Book, Ashbourne: Landscape, Lives and Lore will be available from Friday 12th June!

Our vibrant town of Ashbourne was founded 200 years ago this year. To celebrate this, Ashbourne Historical Society is releasing a stunning new book – Ashbourne, Landscape, Lives and Lore. This wonderful collection of well-researched articles and stories has been edited by historian Barry Kennerk. From our largely hitherto unknown ancient past, including: 4,000 year old burials and prosperous early medieval communities; to Anglo-Norman land confiscations and the Cromwellian effects in this part of Meath; to the enterprising Frederick Bourne, along with marauding highway men, the Land Wars, the successful Battle of Ashbourne in 1916, as well as a tragic air crash and the Big Snow of 1982.

This exciting book explores the evolution of Ashbourne from a small, quiet village to a thriving cosmopolitan centre of East Meath.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have had to delay the physical launch of the book. Although we are disappointed by this, we have decided to pre-release it.

The book will be available from 12th of June in The Bookmark (formerly Easons) & Conway’s Chemist. It will cost €20.

You can also order online by emailing ashbournehistoricalsociety@gmail.com with your name, address, phone number and how many copies . If purchased online, it will be delivered by our volunteers in the Ashbourne area. If you are outside Ashbourne, it is 10€ P&P in Ireland.

We will be relying on the kindness and support of the community to help us spread the word as much as possible.

Thank you so much to our 80+ contributors in helping us put together the history of our town through wonderful, never before seen photographs, stories & articles.

Thank you to Meath County Council for funding this project.

Ashbourne Book, Ashbourne: Landscape, Lives & Lore will be released Friday 12th June 2020.
Available in Conways Chemist, The Bookmark & online by emailing ashbournehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

We hope you enjoy the book!

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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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