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