Robertstown and the Grand Canal and Hotel
|Elevation||85 m (279 ft)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Irish Grid Reference||N786252|
Robertstown is a small village situated on the banks of the Grand Canal in County Kildare, Ireland. It grew in importance on the arrival of the canal, at the highest level, 85 metres (279 ft) above sea level, of which it lies, in 1784.
Grand Canal Hotel
In 1801 the Grand Canal Hotel was opened to cater for the passenger traffic along the canal and an extension was added in 1804. For a time business was good,with the canal carrying 100,000 passengers per year, but revenues began to fall and gradually the 72 windows and 62 hearths were closed up to avoid paying tax. It ceased being a hotel in 1849, was used as a barracks for the Irish Constabulary between 1869 and 1905 and has recently been used as a community centre.
More recent developments include a set of canal-side cottages, and Lowtown Marina, with boats for sale and other services.
The grand canal passes through robertstown on its way to tullamore harbour. The canal gives host to plenty of wildlife including ducks swans and herons, fish such as pike bream and stickleback, mammals such as shrew weasel and rat.
There are three public house's in the village and two supermarkets.
The town caters for tourism with canal walks, fishing and a annual vintage fair
In the 2002 Census, Robertstown had a population of 375. It had grown by a massive 65.6% to 621 by 2006.
Robertstown GAA is based in Brockagh Park in Robertstown.
Bridgewood FC is based in Robertstown a local soccer team 3 time Luslums cup winners, captained by Mark Gill on two of those occasions he himself also won the lumslum cup with Coill Dubh AFC.