Kentstown

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Kentstown

Irish: Baile an Cheantaigh
Town
Kentstown on the R150
Kentstown on the R150
Kentstown is located in Ireland
Kentstown
Kentstown
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°37′39″N 6°31′59″W / 53.62750°N 6.53306°W / 53.62750; -6.53306Coordinates: 53°37′39″N 6°31′59″W / 53.62750°N 6.53306°W / 53.62750; -6.53306
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
CountyMeath
Elevation
55 m (180 ft)
Population
 (2016)[1]
1,179
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN970651

Kentstown (Irish: Baile an Cheantaigh) is a village in County Meath in Ireland at the junction of the R153 and R150 regional roads.

History[edit]

The ruins of a medieval church can be found in Danestown, Kentstown,[2] while in the present St. Mary's Parish Church (Church of Ireland) an effigy in the shape of a medieval Norman knight is carved on a slab. The knight wears a tight-fitting jupon and has a dagger on his right hip. An inscription, in Latin, accompanies it: "Here lies Thomas de Tuite, Knight, once Lord of Kentstown, who died on 2nd June 1363".[3]

Demographics[edit]

In the 20 years between the 1996 and 2016 census, the population of Kentstown more than tripled from 324 to 1,179 inhabitants.[1][4] According to the 2016 census, 71% of the village's homes (252 of 353 households) were built between 1991 and 2010.[1]

Transport[edit]

Bus[edit]

In April 2016 the village's bus service was improved when Bus Éireann introduced route 105 which operates hourly in each direction providing links to Duleek, Drogheda and in the other direction to Ashbourne, Ratoath and Blanchardstown. In addition route 103X (Navan-Ashbourne-Finglas-Dublin-UCD) provides a limited service of a morning journey to Dublin and an evening journey to Navan Mondays to Fridays inclusive. However, there are no other services to Navan from the village despite it being the county town[5][6]

Rail[edit]

Since Beauparc station closed in 1958 the nearest station is Drogheda railway station approximately 18 kilometres distant.

Nanny river[edit]

The Nanny rises outside of Kentown, and flows about 18 miles to the Irish sea at Laytown.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Kentstown". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Kentstown (Ireland) Census Town". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  5. ^ http://buseireann.ie/news_timetable.php?id=1961&month=Apr
  6. ^ http://buseireann.ie/timetables/1465298560-Route-103X_V3.pdf[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Peter O'Reilly. Rivers of Ireland: A Flyfisher's Guide. Stackpole Books, 1 April 2003, p. 226.