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Diseart Diarmad
The Castle Inn, Castledermot at the R448/R148 junction
The Castle Inn, Castledermot at the R448/R148 junction
Castledermot is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°54′43″N 6°50′15″W / 52.91204°N 6.83757°W / 52.91204; -6.83757Coordinates: 52°54′43″N 6°50′15″W / 52.91204°N 6.83757°W / 52.91204; -6.83757
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Kildare
Population (2011)
 • Urban 1,398
 • Rural 410
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S780852

Castledermot (Irish: Diseart Diarmad, meaning "Dermot's Hermitage") is an inland village in the south-east of Ireland in County Kildare, about 75 km (47 mi) from Dublin, and 10 km (6.2 mi) from the town of Carlow. The N9 road from Dublin to Waterford previously passed through the village but upon completion of a motorway bypass in 2010, it was redesignated the R448.

Public transport[edit]


The main bus route serving Castledermot is J.J. Kavanagh & Sons route 736 providing a limited number of daily services to Carlow, Waterford, Dublin and Dublin Airport inter alia. South Kildare Community Transport operate a route from Castledermot to Athy twice a day each way Mondays to Fridays inclusive. Bus Éireann used to serve Castledermot frequently but the solitary route 7 Sunday evening journey at 19.15hrs to Dublin was withdrawn in 2015. Castledermot is also served by bus route 880 operated by Kildare Local Link on behalf of the National Transport Authority. There are several buses each day including Sunday linking the town to Carlow and Naas as well as villages such as Moone in the area.[1]


Carlow railway station is approximately 11 kilometres distant. Athy railway station is around 14 kilometres distant.


The population of the town was 887 at the time of the (January 2006) census, a 22% increase over the figure recorded in 2002.[2] The settlement is growing due to its proximity to Dublin.

Natural features[edit]

The River Lerr (a tributary of the larger River Barrow, the second longest river in Ireland) flows through the town.

Places of interest[edit]

In the town there are various remains including Castledermot Round Tower, Saint John's Tower and two well-preserved granite high crosses and the ruins of Castledermot Abbey, a Franciscan friary. 5 km (3.1 mi) away is Kilkea Castle, once the residence of the Duke of Leinster, but now a hotel and health farm. The castle was built by the English Norman Hugh de Lacy in 1180, and later passed to the Fitzgeralds. Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare, is said to have practised magic in Kilkea Castle which earned him the nickname "the Wizard Earl".


1903 Gordon Bennett Trophy. René de Knyff, driving his Panhard to second place, passes Alexander Winton repairing the Winton Bullet 2 on the first lap.

The earliest known Irish Parliament met at Castledermot on 18 June 1264. Also, the oldest intact window in Western Europe can be found in the town, being part of the ruins of a Franciscan Monastery. The window, although large, is only stone work. The glass, if ever there, is long gone.[citation needed] St. Laurence O'Toole, (1128 - 1180) or Lorcán Ua Tuathail, was born at Castledermot.

In July 1903 the Gordon Bennett Cup passed through Castledermot.


There are two schools in the town. The national school, Scoil Diarmada, is newly built on the Athy road out of Castledermot and opened January 2009. It has two floors, and an elevator for easier access for disabled people. The secondary school, Colaiste Lorcain, is located on the main street.


In terms of sports, Castledermot has achieved plenty of success: Gaelic football, through Castledermot GAA, (men's and women's), hurling, Gaelic handball, basketball, soccer and cricket all experience success from under-age to senior level. Castle Villa, whose grounds are at Mullarney Park, have been Kildare senior league soccer champions on several occasions.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1821 1,336 —    
1831 1,375 +2.9%
1841 1,416 +3.0%
1851 666 −53.0%
1861 883 +32.6%
1871 727 −17.7%
1881 675 −7.2%
1891 536 −20.6%
1901 451 −15.9%
1911 388 −14.0%
1926 247 −36.3%
1936 276 +11.7%
1946 408 +47.8%
1951 449 +10.0%
1956 599 +33.4%
1961 551 −8.0%
1966 557 +1.1%
1971 583 +4.7%
1981 805 +38.1%
1986 792 −1.6%
1991 741 −6.4%
1996 733 −1.1%
2002 726 −1.0%
2006 887 +22.2%
2011 1,398 +57.6%

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Census 2006 - Preliminary Archived March 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Media related to Castledermot at Wikimedia Commons