Ardagh ( Irish: , older version Ardach Irish: , meaning "high field") is a village in Ardachadh County Longford, Ireland about 10 km (6.21 mi) from Longford Town. It is located off the N4 road.
Western elevation and
of the church of St Patrick (Church of Ireland). June 2013
Church of St Mel, Ardagh, viewed from the graveyard.June 2013
Churches of St Mel and St Patrick, Ardagh. June 2013
There are several important
Early Christian sites in and near Ardagh, including the Church of St. Mel. It is suggested that Saint Patrick built a church here in the fifth century and installed Saint Mel as bishop. [2 ]
Ardagh's Heritage Centre tracks the history of the village, including its literary associations, which include featuring pseudonymously in
Oliver Goldsmith's , and in a poem by She Stoops to Conquer Eavan Boland.
Much of the village was built as an 'Estate Village' in the 19th century, based on a
Swiss design by the local landlords - the Fetherston baronets. The village has received some acclaim for its beauty, being awarded the Prix d'Honneur of the Entente Florale and winning the Irish Tidy Towns Competition on three occasions in 1989, 1996 and 1998.
Public transport [ edit ]
Edgeworthstown railway station is around 9 kilometres distant. Until the evening of 24 August 2013 Bus Éireann route 118 ( Dublin- Mullingar- Longford) served Ardagh on Saturdays only allowing passengers to travel into Longford for a few hours. [3 ] [4 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Table 4: Population of each Province, County, City, urban area, rural area and Electoral Division, 2002 and 2006", Census 2006 Preliminary Report, Central Statistics Office Ireland, 2006 .
^ "Ardagh", , 1907–14 Catholic Encyclopedia .
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