Carbury, County Kildare

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Carbury is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°22′01″N 6°58′01″W / 53.367°N 6.967°W / 53.367; -6.967Coordinates: 53°22′01″N 6°58′01″W / 53.367°N 6.967°W / 53.367; -6.967
CountyCounty Kildare
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN700339

Carbury (Irish: Cairbre), also formerly spelt "Carbery", is an expanding rural community in north-west County Kildare, Ireland. It is situated on the R402 regional road between Enfield and Edenderry, near the border with County Offaly, and includes the smaller hamlets of Derrinturn, Ticknevin and Killina along the Grand Canal (Ireland). The source of the River Boyne is located just north of the village.

Places of interest[edit]

Carbury Hill[edit]

Carbury Hill (OS Ref (IE): N685348 / Sheet: 49. Latitude: 53° 21' 32.33" N and Longitude: 6° 58' 15.71" W) is close to the source of the River Boyne that runs by Brú na Bóinne. There are the two barrows on the hill that are dated to the Bronze Age, a motte and a tower house indicating multiple usage and settlement over time.[1] The hill was at the centre of the ancient territory known as Cairbre Uí Chiardha[2](which may still be seen on signposts in the area) of the Ó Ciardha sept of the Southern Uí Néill (anglicised Carey , Carry and Keary) who were Lords of Carbury, first mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters in 952.[3] It was also a camping site used by the Irish during the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798.

Carbury Castle[edit]

Carbury Castle Ruins, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland

The Castle was first built by the Normans and the motte on the hill was probably built by Meiler FitzHenry. The central scenic focus of Carbury Hill is the ruins of the Tudor mansion of the Colleys, which was also known as Fairy Hill.[4] who was granted the area by Strongbow. It was acquired by the de Berminghams in the 14th century, from whom it passed by inheritance to the Preston family, who held the title Baron Gormanston, before being taken by the native Irish in the 15th century. The 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, John Talbot, later also Earl of Wexford, Earl of Waterford and Baron of Dungarvan, rebuilt Carbury Castle after 1428-1447.[5]

From 23 October 1554 a 21-year lease was granted to Sir Henry Colley (the patrilineal ancestor of the Dukes of Wellington);[6] this was renewed, and the Colley family built a large stronghouse on the hilltop in the 17th century, now a ruin.[7]


Carbury GAA Stitched Patch

Carbury GAA is the local Gaelic football club, winner of 11 Kildare county senior football championships. Carbury GAA Club was founded in 1925. Since then it has grown and developed to become one of the leading senior clubs in County Kildare. The club has around 150 adult members and 150 Juvenile members. The club fields fourteen football teams for both men and women. [8]

Carbury S.C is the local soccer club which was formed when Carbury Utd and Parsonstown Utd merged.


The small village of Carbury located in Bottineau County in the U.S. State of North Dakota is named after Carbury.[9]



Carbury railway station opened on 10 April 1877, closed for passenger traffic on 1 June 1931 and for goods traffic on 1 September 1932, and was finally closed altogether on 1 April 1963.[10]


  1. ^ "Carbury Hill - Round Barrows". The Modern Antiquarian. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-03-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) taken from Dr Edward MacLysaght, 'Irish Families', Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1985, page 50.
  4. ^ "County Kildare towns - Carbury". Go Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
  5. ^ Dublin, 1789, Moore: Archdall and Lodge, The Peerage of Ireland, pp.120-122
  6. ^ Fiant no.53, Philip & Mary, cited in Appendix IV, 9th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland.
  7. ^ "Carbury Castle, County Kildare". Look Around Ireland. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
  8. ^ Carbury GAA Club Info[permanent dead link], Carbury Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  9. ^ Wick, Douglas A. North Dakota Place Names. Hedemarken Collectibles. p. 31. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6.
  10. ^ "Carbury station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-14.

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