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Dunshaughlin (Irish: Dún Seachlainn (Seachlann's fort - Secular place name although there are no records of a fort here) or locally Irish: Domhnach Seachnaill (St Seachnall's Church) is a town in County Meath, Ireland.
Dunshaughlin is named for Saint Seachnall, who established a church there in the 5th century. The oldest reference to the place name is an entry in the Annála Uladh from the year 801, where the name takes the form "Domnaig Sechnaill". The word "Domnach", used in this way, can be attributed to churches which originate from the beginnings of Christianity in Ireland.
Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill was an ancestor from which the principal family of Brega, Ó Maoilsheachlainn, is descended. Dunshaughlin (or more specifically, the townland of Lagore) is famous for an ancient crannóg or settlement from the 7th century where a number of Irish antiquities were discovered. Approximately 1.6 km south of the village is a preserved workhouse from An Gorta Mór which was abolished in the early 1920s; it is currently under private ownership and not open to the public.
Dunshaughlin is 29 km from Dublin on the R147, and is a growing satellite town of that city. According to the 2011 census, the town had a population of 3,900. As of 2017[update], it had increased to 5,600. Several housing estates centre on a main street, with multiple retail units consisting of newsagents, pubs, take-away food outlets, clothing stores, and banks. There is also a business park on the outskirts of the town.
Dunshaughlin houses numerous public amenities, including a library, a health centre, and the Meath County Council civic offices. A large community and sports centre was opened on the grounds of Dunshaughlin Community College in 2000. The centre is operated by a voluntary board of management.
Dunshaughlin has two primary schools, Gaelscoil na Ríthe and St. Seachnall's, and one secondary school, Dunshaughlin Community College (DCC). St. Seachnall's was founded in 1835. As of 2018[update], it has around 500 students, both boys and girls. Gaelscoil na Ríthe was established in 1985 when a group of parents from the Dunshaughlin, Drumree, and Culmullen areas set about providing an all-Irish education for their young children. The school enjoyed sustained growth over the years with a new building provided in 1996. At present the school caters to a full stream of eight classes, with over 200 pupils and twelve teaching staff. DCC, established in 1933, is a co-educational school which is part of the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board. Construction was completed on an extension at the school in 2013, and was opened on 29 November 2014.
Dunshaughlin is served by Bus Éireann commuter services to Dublin, generally running at a frequency of every half-hour, with plans to increase frequency to every 15 minutes. Subject to the reopening of the Dublin–Navan railway line, there is a new station planned. Doubts have been raised, however, about the likelihood of the line being rebuilt.
The town is represented in sport by a Men's & Ladies Gaelic football team. The Men's team were Meath county champions 3 years in a row from 2000-2003. Their main sponsor is the local supermarket, SuperValu Dunshaughlin. The local soccer club is Dunshaughlin Youths, a progressive[clarification needed] club active both in the local community and in the North Dublin Schoolboys league.
Basketball is a growing sport in the community. The local club, Dunshaughlin Rockets, have seen much success in recent years competing in both the North East Basketball League and the Dublin Ladies Basketball League. Dunshaughlin community college has won both a girl's u16 All-Ireland title, a second year girl's All-Ireland a boy's u19 All-Ireland title.
Dunshaughlin Athletic Club is traditionally considered a long-distance running club. However, the club has enjoyed the success of many juvenile sprinters of late, who have excelled at county, regional and national level. The town's golfing community takes great pride in its golf course, "The Black Bush Golf Club". Around 3 km (1.9 mi) outside the village a new golfing resort designed by Jack Nicklaus has been created at Killeen Castle. The course hosted the 2011 Solheim Cup.
The town also has a strong association with horse racing, in particular National Hunt racing. The leading flat race sprinter Sole Power, dual winner of both the Nunthorpe Stakes and the King's Stand Stakes, is trained near the town by Edward Lynam.
The Dunshaughlin workhouse was erected in 1840-41 on 2 hectares (4.9 acres), 2.5 km (1.6 mi) south of Dunshaughlin. Designed to accommodate 400 inmates, it cost about £6,000 to build, all told. It was declared fit for habitation on 12 May 1841, and received its first admissions on 17 May. During the Irish Famine in the mid-1840s, elements of the workhouse were converted to accommodate additional inmates, and a burial ground was located to the rear. Occupancy declined after the Famine. During the First World War, the building was used to house Belgian refugees, some of whom died there and were buried in the paupers' graveyard. In 1920-21, the building was taken over by the Black and Tans, who used it as a barracks during the Irish War of Independence. After the workhouse system was abolished in 1922, following the conclusion of the war and the establishment of Irish Free State, the facility served as a school, courthouse, and factory (among other things). As of 2002, parts of the building were being used as a guest residence.
The Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival is a three-day culture festival, usually taking place towards the end of September. It is a non-profit event, organized and run by local volunteers.
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