Cionn Átha Gad
Kinnegad Main Street, the former N4
|Elevation||76 m (249 ft)|
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Kinnegad or Kinagad (Irish: Cionn Átha Gad, meaning "‘the head of the ford of withes") is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. It is on the border with County Meath, near the junction of the M6 and the M4 motorways - two of Ireland's main east-west roads. It is roughly 60 km from the capital, Dublin.
During the first decade of the 21st century, there was considerable construction in Kinnegad, which included a shopping centre, housing estates and a 48-room hotel, which stands on the site of a former pub, "Harry's of Kinnegad". Tesco Ireland opened a new supermarket in the town in late 2010.
The town has a large national school, St. Etchen's Kinnegad N.S. The school consists of two separate buildings, Scoil Etchen Naofa (built in 1984) and the Cardinal Glennon building (built in 2008). Renovation was necessary due to an increase in population. The school now caters for up to 560 young people each day. It is run by the Catholic Church but non-Catholic children can attend the school.
There has been talks in recent years on the development of a secondary school in the town, but this has yet to have materialised.
The main sports team in the town is the Coralstown/Kinnegad Gaelic Football Club, which has teams for both male and female players aged from under eight through to senior level. The colours of the team are red shirts and socks, and white shorts. The clubhouse has four dressing rooms, toilets and a gym. The team has three football pitches.
The town also has an association football club, Kinnegad Juniors Athletic Football Club . Kinnegad Juniors play at Lagan Park on the Killucan Road, Kinnegad. The club caters for all children from the ages of 6 years old up to 18 years old and also boasts a senior men's team.
Housing estates in Kinnegad include Heathfield, Heathfield Close, Riverside, Riverside lawns, Manorfield, Tircroghan, Cluain Craoibh, St. Etchens Court, The Hawthorns, and Bun Daire, New Park Court.
Kinnegad is home to many Dubliners who commute to Dublin via the N4 and the M4 motorway. Citylink and Bus Eireann both serve Kinnegad towards Dublin for the large number of commuters as well as private company Kearns. There is no railway station in the town; it was served by the station at Hill of Down (which was originally called Kinnegad and Ballivor) until its closure in 1962. There are rumors of it reopening, but this is unlikely before extra capacity is available on the line.
The Catholic Church of St. Mary's is located in Kinnegad. It is part of the Diocese of Meath, the bishop of which is Michael Smith. The parish priests of Kinnegad are Monsignor Eamonn Marron and Father Tom Gilroy. There are bullet holes visible in the stations of the cross in the church which were made by the Black and Tans in the 1920s. The church building is the tallest in the town, although the Lagan Cement facility which is outside the town at Killiskillen, is taller.
- "About the School". Scoil Etchen Naofa. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
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