Clonegal

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Location
52°41'26"N
006°38'43"W
Country
 Ireland
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Description

Clonegal, officially Clonegall ( KLOH-nə-gawl; from Irish: Cluain na nGall, meaning 'meadow of the foreigners'), is a village in the southeast of County Carlow, Ireland. It is in a rural setting, 5 km from Bunclody, County Wexford, 22 km from Carlow and 17 km from the proposed interchange of the N9 and N80 roads at Rathcrogue. It is just over a mile north of where the River Slaney and the River Derry meet. Clonegal has a much smaller "twin" village across the River Derry in County Wexford, Watch House Village. The village is served by a primary school, and is the center of an agricultural hinterland.

History

Evidence of ancient settlement in the area includes ringfort, bullaun stone and holy well sites in the surrounding townlands of Clonegall, Abbeydown and Huntington.Huntington Castle, also known as Clonegal Castle, is a 17th-century tower house close to the village centre. Built by Laurence Esmonde, 1st Baron Esmonde on the site of an earlier (possibly 15th century) structure, Huntington Castle was further extended in the 18th and 19th centuries.Clonegal's Church of Ireland church, St Fiaac's, was built c. 1819 on the site of a much earlier church and ecclesiastical enclosure. The nearby rectory, now a private house, was the residence of the local yeomanry commander during the 1798 Rebellion, and several United Irishmen prisoners were reputedly hanged in a neighbouring yard at what is now known locally as the "Hanging Arch".The local Roman Catholic church, St Brigid's, was built c. 1845.There were once eleven malt houses in and around the village, along with a wool and corn store, a police station and other shops.Clonegal won the "tidiest village" category in the 2014 and 2015 National Tidy Towns competitions.

Demographics

According to the 2006 Census, Clonegal had a population of approximately 280, an increase of 20% since the 2002 Census. As of 2016, the population was 278.

Notable people

Peter Murphy, radio and television broadcaster, is from the area. Patrick O'Donoghue, the 19th century Irish nationalist revolutionary and journalist.
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