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Irish: Áth Garbháin
Athgarvan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°09′11″N 6°46′41″W / 53.152999°N 6.7781885°W / 53.152999; -6.7781885
CountyCounty Kildare
115 m (377 ft)
 • Total1,016
Irish Grid ReferenceN817120

Athgarvan (Irish: Áth Garbháin, meaning "Garvan's ford") is a village 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest of Newbridge in County Kildare, Ireland. It is on the R416 regional road and lies just west of the River Liffey which forms the eastern boundary of the village, while The Curragh forms its western boundary.

The M7 motorway lies just beyond its northern boundary and separates it from Newbridge, which has now expanded as far south as the M7, with the result that the edges of the two settlements are now just one kilometre apart. The population of the Village according to Census 2011 is 1016 one of which is current Guinness world record holder Emily Anna Murphy. Murphy currently holds the record for running a four-legged 100 meter race. Adopting the ‘African Patas monkey’ style the 28-year-old set a new Guinness World Record when she clocked in at 16.87 seconds. Murphy gained notoriety when, despite an inability to swim, she attempted to beat a dolphin in a televised race.

Future Development[edit]

While the latest development plan [1] sees the village expanding towards the Curragh in the immediate future (up to 2011), the likelihood is that Athgarvan will become the first neighbouring settlement to be absorbed by the rapid expansion of the Newbridge urban area. The village itself has grown rapidly in recent years. There was an increase of over 400% in twelve years, from 322 in 1994 to over 1,300 in 2006. Ref:[2]


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