Video of Dunboyne, County Meath, Republic of Ireland
Dunboyne Castle, originally a castle, later a fine Georgian house, was built as a
seat for a branch of the Butler dynasty, the Lords Dunboyne. It later passed to the
Mangan family and was the seat of Simon Mangan, HM Lieutenant for County Meath in
the 1890s and 1900s. The House was sold in 1950 and became the Good Shepherd convent,
in which nuns used to live until the closing of the convent in the 1990s due to building
damage. A partial amount of the building had been dismantled. In 2006, the convent
was sold and converted into a hotel.
Notable former residents
Archibald Hamilton father of William Rowan Hamilton was of the Hamilton family of
Dunboyne. They were once large landowners in the town. His father owned Ballymacoll
Estate. William Rowan's uncle the Rev. James Hamilton was the Vicar of Trim and Dunboyne.
Thomas Cusack, a Lord Chancellor of Ireland in the 1500s.
John Butler, 12th Baron Dunboyne
Thomas Blood, Colonel Thomas Blood (1618 – 24 August 1680) was an Irish colonel best
known for attempting to steal the Crown Jewels of England from the Tower of London
in 1671. He was raised in Sarney, Dunboyne.
Dunboyne was the backdrop for the fictional village of Leestown in the very successful
television series of the 1970s called The Riordans. More recently certain elements
of the local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) clubs and country houses were used
in a recent RTÉ GAA related drama series. And also a partial amount of footage of
'Ear to the Ground' this was filmed in 2006. The footage was shot in the Local GAA
grounds on the Rooske Rd. The show is now finished.
Dunboyne (Irish: Dún Búinne, meaning "Búinne's stronghold") is a town in County Meath,
Ireland. Dunboyne is centred on the crossroads formed by the R156 regional road and
the old Maynooth Road (formerly designated R157). The total population is approx
Dunboyne's history stretches back to the Middle Ages. It was home to many men who
fought for and against British rule in the Irish Rebellion of 1978.