Johnstown, County Kilkenny

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Baile Sheáin
Johnstown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°44′57″N 7°33′25″W / 52.74907°N 7.556922°W / 52.74907; -7.556922Coordinates: 52°44′57″N 7°33′25″W / 52.74907°N 7.556922°W / 52.74907; -7.556922
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Kilkenny
Elevation 137 m (449 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Urban 472
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S300664

Johnstown (Irish: Baile Sheáin), historically known as Coorthafooka[1] (Irish: Cúirt an Phúca), is a small town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Bypassed in December 2008 by the M8, the town lies at the junction of the R639, the R502 and the R435 regional roads. It is the home of the Fenians GAA hurling club. Situated 121 kilometres (75 mi) from Dublin and 131 kilometres (81 mi) from Cork, it lies in the agricultural heartland of the southeast.

The village of Johnstown is over 200 years old and was once part of the barony of Galmoy. It was laid out in the early 1700s by the Hely family of Foulkscourt Castle: they were descended from Sir John Hely (died 1701), Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas.

Johnstown Village Green

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Route 828 operated by M & A Coaches on behalf of the National Transport Authority provides a daily journey each way to/from Cullohill, Durrow, County Laois, Abbeyleix and Portlaoise. €22 return fare from Johnstown to Portlaoise!! There is no Sunday service. Bus Éireann's Expressway service between Dublin and Cork ceased to serve Johnstown on 30 June 2012.[2]

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