Windgap, County Kilkenny
Beárna na Gaoithe
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Windgap (Irish: Bearna na Gaoithe, meaning "the wind gap"), is a village in County Kilkenny, in Ireland. Windgap is located in the south-western part of Kilkenny on the border with Tipperary, just south of Callan. The village is located on the R689 regional road, the nearest main road being the N76 from Kilkenny to Clonmel.
Windgap was named for its location on a pass through hills east of Slievenamon. The landscape of Windgap is dominated by steep hills and large wooded areas. Windgap lies in a former slate-quarrying district spanning the Kilkenny-Tipperary border. Today, agriculture is Windgap's main economic activity, with dairy products as the main export. The most notable buildings in Windgap are its 19th-century graveyard, The Old League House, which once served as a home for poor tenant farmers (see Irish National Land League), and early 20th-century grotto.
Those who hail from the village are sometimes referred to as 'Gappers'.
History and Culture
Windgap GAA club was founded in 1954 following the advent of the one Parish Rule in the County. Gaelic Games have been played in the area since the 1890s. In the early days, it was a famous football stronghold. It had previously delved into hurling with the Slatequarries in 1929 and St. Joseph 's in Tullahought in the 1940s. Handball first made its appearance in the Slatequarries in the early 1900s before it quickly spread to Windgap. Camogie started in Lamogue in the 1920s and was played in many areas of the parish with teams representing Windgap and Tullahought at various stages. Ladies Football was played in the area for a time in the 1970s with a team in Tullahought. Windgap Camogie Club that was founded in 1994 and Windgap Handball Club in 1984.
Galmoy and Windgap amalgamated in 2005.
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