Ardagh, County Longford
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There are several important Early Christian sites in and near Ardagh, including the Church of St. Mel. It is suggested that Saint Patrick built a church here in the fifth century and installed Saint Mel as bishop.
Ardagh's Heritage Centre tracks the history of the village, including its literary associations, which include featuring pseudonymously in Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, and in a poem by Eavan Boland.
Much of the village was built as an 'Estate Village' in the 19th century, based on a Swiss design by the local landlords - the Fetherston baronets. The village was awarded the Prix d'Honneur of the Entente Florale and won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition on three occasions in 1989, 1996 and 1998.
Edgeworthstown railway station is around 9 kilometres from the village. Until the evening of 24 August 2013 Bus Éireann route "118" (Dublin-Mullingar-Longford) served Ardagh on Saturdays only allowing passengers to travel into Longford for a few hours.
- "Table 4: Population of each Province, County, City, urban area, rural area and Electoral Division, 2002 and 2006", Census 2006 Preliminary Report (PDF), Central Statistics Office Ireland, 2006.
- "Ardagh", Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907
- "Bus Éireann Announces Revisions to Route 115 Mullingar-Dublin service". Bus Éireann (Press Release). 22 August 2013.
- "Bus Éireann - Timetables - Regional Services by County". Bus Éireann. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
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