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Dealbhna or Dealbhna Mhór
Delvin is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°36′38″N 7°05′33″W / 53.6106°N 7.0925°W / 53.6106; -7.0925Coordinates: 53°36′38″N 7°05′33″W / 53.6106°N 7.0925°W / 53.6106; -7.0925
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Westmeath
 • Dáil Éireann Westmeath
 • EU Parliament East
Elevation 115 m (377 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 416
 • Rural 752
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference N601626

Delvin (Irish: Dealbhna or Dealbhna Mhór) is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland which is located on the N52 road at a junction with the N51 to Navan. The town is 20 km (12 mi) from Mullingar (along the N52) and is the setting of the book Valley of the Squinting Windows by Delvin native Brinsley MacNamara, described under the fictitious name of "Garradrimna". The word Delvin comes from Delbhna.

The tribe settled in what is present-day Delvin, along with a branch of the Soghain, in Tricha céd na Delbna Móire agus na Sogan.[citation needed]

Delvin Castle and Clonyn Castle[edit]

Ruins of Delvin/Nugent Castle
Main Street

Delvin Castle (or Nugent Castle), now a ruin, was built in 1181 by Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath for his brother-in-law, Gilbert de Nugent. De Nugent came to Ireland with de Lacy in 1171 and settled on some land in Delvin. De Nugent was granted the title Baron of Delvin within the Lordship of Meath, a title now held by the Earl of Westmeath. The ruins of Nugent Castle remain near the center of the town. A second castle was built several centuries later, hundreds of metres from the centre of the Delvin settlement of that time.[citation needed]

Clonyn Castle is situated on dominant ground south of Delvin between the N52 and the Collinstown road. An alternative access to the castle grounds exists on the Collinstown Road opposite the church. This access is also used by Delvin Golf Club members.

Church of the Assumption (1881)


The 18-hole Delvin Castle Golf Club is located near the town. There are a bank, school, church, hotel/guest house, a few shops and a take-away in the town. There are also a few pubs on the Main Street. The town expanded and work on a development in the centre of the village recommenced. Plans were unveiled for the provision of a new sports and leisure facility within the village. Some outdoor facilities are expected to be available by Summer 2007, while plans for the multi-purpose indoor leisure complex are being prepared.[citation needed]

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