Stoneyford, County Kilkenny
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Stoneyford, officially Stonyford (Irish: Áth Stúin) is a small town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It lies on the N9 Waterford road some 14 km south of Kilkenny City. Stoneyford is a part of the parish of Aghaviller in the Diocese of Ossory.
Two small streams run through the village, one to the west and the second to the north of the village. Both streams join the north of the village and continue northwards as a tributary to the King's River, which is less than 500 metres North of the village. It is an important salmonid river which merges with the River Nore to the east of Stoneyford. The King’s River is used regularly for fishing.
Stoneyford has a number of protected structures of historic, architectural and artistic importance including the early 19th century Catholic Church, the old two-storey school house and the pub-front of “O’Grady’s" premises has marbilised lettering on its shopfront design, which in particular is considered worthy of preservation. The building is identified as being of Local importance.
The 2006 Census recorded Stoneyford with a population of 537 persons. The increase in population up to 2006 can be associated with the building of two housing estates. Chapel View, which is in the middle of the village, and Lawcus Fields just on the edge of the village on the road to Kells.
Stoneyford is served by one primary school, Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, which was opened in 1948. There are four mainstream class teachers and a number of part-time special needs and resource teachers. The school consists of four classrooms and a staff room. There is a concrete yard to the front and to the back of the school with a grassed area to the side. In 2014, a small grass playing field was developed and opened at the back of the school.
Stoneyford contains a variety of services, including a Walsh's Food Store, Malzard's Public House, a Take Away, an Artisan Café, and a closed Garda Station. There is no resident Garda in Stoneyford. Stoneyford is in the area covered by the Thomastown garda station.
Stoneyford also has a newly renovated Community Center with a variety of classes and activities. The Church of Ireland faith is served by St. Peter's Church, Ennisnag, Kilkenny, just outside Stoneyford.
A number of underage sports exist within the village. Stoneyford Football Club has teams covering the U4-U14 age groups.They also have a Men's team. There is an underage athletics club which is run once a week next to the community centre.