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Video of Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Republic of Ireland

Máel Seachlainn was ancestor to the principal family of Brega, Ó Maoilsheachlainn, is descended. Dunshaughlin (or more specifically, the townland of Lagore) is famous for an ancient crannóg or settlement from the 7th century where a number of Irish antiquities were discovered. 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 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 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 near Dunshaughlin. Doubts have been raised, however, about the likelihood of the line being rebuilt. The old station was at Drumree, just outside of Dunshaughlin, though the reinstated line would likely be situated closer to the town.


Dunshaughlin (Irish: Dún Seachlainn - Seachlann's fort or Domhnach Seachnaill - Church of St Seachnall, or locally Irish: Domhnach Seachnaill)  is a town in County Meath, Ireland.

It is named after Saint Seachnall, who established a church there in the 5th century.

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