Gormanston, County Meath

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Gormanston
Rinn Mhic Ghormáin
Town
Gormanston is located in Ireland
Gormanston
Gormanston
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°23′N 6°08′W / 53.38°N 6.14°W / 53.38; -6.14Coordinates: 53°23′N 6°08′W / 53.38°N 6.14°W / 53.38; -6.14
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Meath
Population (2006)
 • Urban 340
 • Rural 15
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Gormanston (Irish: Rinn Mhic Ghormáin')[1] is a village in County Meath, Ireland. It is near the mouth of the River Delvin and the northern border of County Dublin.

Access[edit]

Gormanston is near the M1 Dublin-Belfast road. There is also Gormanston railway station, opened in May 1845,[2] on the Dublin-Belfast line.

Bremore Port[edit]

Drogheda port company are considering a move to Bremore near Gormanston, to create a state-of-the-art port which will also handle passengers.[citation needed]

Gormanston Camp[edit]

Gormanston Camp is home to B Company, 5th Infantry Battalion of the Irish Army and is a former aerodrome of the Irish Air Corps. It is also used by A, B and C Companies, 65th Reserve infantry Battalion and the 2 Air Defence Battery (RDF).

Historical notes[edit]

Archeology[edit]

  • The group of passage graves on either side of the mouth of river Delvin known as the Bremore/Gormanston group is believed by most experts on the passage grave culture in Ireland to mark the arrival of that culture from the Iberian peninsula and to be the precursor of later developments such as the Newgrange cluster. Legend also associates the site with the first landings of both St Patrick and Oliver Cromwell. The Gormanston area is outstandingly rich in neolithic artefacts and indeed those of all later periods.
  • During construction of a gas pipeline between the UK and Ireland a 7 metre long prehistoric dugout was found just offshore at Gormanston strand [1] Unlike other ancient Irish boats the Gormanston boat seems to have been of outrigger construction.

Historic features[edit]

  • St Brigid's well in Tobersool is an ancient holy well associated with a cure for diseases of the eye.
  • Several ancient cob cottages still exist in the village under more modern surfaces.
  • The Cock pub at Gormanston cross has good claim to be the oldest public house in Ireland
  • In 1870, the first authentic game of polo in Ireland was played on Gormanstown Strand involving the 9th Lancers, who were at the time quartered in the country.[3]

Gormanston Castle and the Prestons[edit]

Gormanston Castle was, from the 14th century to the 1950s, the seat of the Preston family, who managed to hold onto their estate lands through the centuries despite being staunch Catholics. The head of the family is known as Viscount Gormanston, premier Viscount of Ireland. The current holder of the title is Jenico Preston, 17th Viscount Gormanston who resides in London.

The family sold the castle in the 1950s, when it was acquired by the Franciscan Order of Friars who then established a boarding school for boys in the grounds, known as Gormanston College.[4]

Myth holds that when the head of the family is in his final hours, the foxes of County Meath, except for nursing vixens, emerge from their earths and make their way to the door of Gormanston Castle to keep vigil until he has died, in thanksgiving for the deliverance and protection from maurauding predators of a vixen and her young by a previous Lord Gormanston.[citation needed]

Now[edit]

As Gormanston lies near the Dublin border, it has undergone rapid development in the first decade of the century with CityNorth Business Park campus which is a mix of building, facilities, hotel and services.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ "Gormanstown station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.allirelandpoloclub.com/history.html
  4. ^ Gormanstown Castle downloaded April 2010

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