Clonard, County Meath
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Clonard (Irish: Cluain Ioraird, meaning "Iorard's pasture") is a small village in County Meath, Ireland. It lies on the R148 regional road between the towns of Kinnegad and Enfield. This road was the main road between Dublin and Galway until the construction of the M4 motorway - it is still used by traffic avoiding the toll on the M4.
It is notable for being one of the earliest Christian sites in Ireland, being linked with the first Irish bishop Palladius c.450 and as the location of a major early medieval monastery, founded in the 6th century by St. Finnian.
Common family names to be found in the local catholic church graveyard are Gannon and Mitchell.
- A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press
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