Knockbridge

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Knockbridge
Droichead an Chnoic or Cnoic Bhríde
Village
Knockbridge is located in Ireland
Knockbridge
Knockbridge
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°58′N 6°29′W / 53.97°N 6.49°W / 53.97; -6.49Coordinates: 53°58′N 6°29′W / 53.97°N 6.49°W / 53.97; -6.49
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Louth
Elevation 42 m (138 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 427
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference H994037

Knockbridge (Irish: Droichead an Chnoic) is a small village within the townland of Ballinlough (Baile an Locha) in County Louth, Ireland.

Facilities[edit]

The village is centred on a crossroads, where there is a pub and a shop. There are four housing estates, a Roman Catholic church and a large primary school in the village.

Stephenstown House, a large ruined Victorian house, once owned by a branch of the Fortescue family, stands beside the River Fane about a mile outside the village. Stephenstown Pond, about a hundred metres from the house, was redeveloped in the mid-1990s and is a public amenity. Stephenstown Pond has a conference centre and an 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) community enterprise space. It is a habitat for a large number of animals. Fishing permits for the pond can be obtained in the village from McNamee's Pub or Brodigan's Shop.

Knockbridge Church (St Mary's) has a number of Harry Clarke designed stained-glass windows. Since 1999 its parish priest has been Fr. Gerard McGinnity.

History[edit]

The village takes its name from "Cnoic Bhríde" - Bridget's Hill - reputed to be a site connected with local saint Bridget. Nearby is Cuchulainn's Stone, which still stands, and where the legendary hero is reputed to have died.

Sport[edit]

The village's Gaelic football team (St. Brides GFC) was founded by Seamus Quinn, the parish priest in 1927. The club plays in "Pairc an Chuinnigh", which was bought as a memorial to Quinn who died in 1952. The grounds were opened on 1 May 1955. The club currently competes in the Louth Intermediate Division.

Location and transport[edit]

The village is situated 6.5 km (4.0 mi) south-west of Dundalk, the county town. The village is 75 km north of Dublin Airport. Bus Éireann provides bus routes to and from Knockbridge.

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