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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. 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.

The Barony of Delvin remained with the Viscounts Gormanston throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was not until the 1990s that the Barony was once again deeded to a de Vere. Richard II granted Robert de Vere, the 9th Earl of Oxford and 10th Lord Chamberlain the Marquessate of Dublin and the whole of Ireland at this time, when the de Vere's took right to Kilkea Castle. (The Barony of Delvin was contained in the earldom of Oxford, by Aubery de Vere, until it was broken up by Robert de Vere's Irish dominions in 1392).[citation needed] The Viscounts Gormanston stood down on behalf of Lady Wendy DeVere Knight-Wilton in the 1990s giving assignment on behalf of her husband, so the deed of the barony could pass to Raymond John DeVere-Austin, also known as Raymond Austin (the DeVere family name was joined to Austin on his marriage to Wendy DeVere Knight-Wilton in 1984). The present holder, Baron DeVere-Austin of Delvin, carries the feudal title forward.[citation needed]

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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