Welcome To Ashbourne

Ashbourne in County Meath is a short journey of twenty kilometres up the motorway from Dublin, and can be reached from the M50 and the N2, one of the main ring roads of the capital. Historically, the town was called Killeglan or Kildeglan meaning “Deaglan’s church”. Due to its short distance from Dublin, it is a commuter town.
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Information Ashbourne Ireland

Among other amenities, Ashbourne has a rugby club that has – thanks to recent refurbishments – a small Astroturf pitch that can be used for five a side soccer. The local Gaelic Games club also has an Astroturf pitch. A boxing club, a soccer team (Ashbourne United) and a judo club can also be found in the town. An eighteen hole golf course is located on the outskirts of the town. Fairyhouse Racecourse is located four km from Ashbourne. Ashbourne’s first cinema has recently opened. The town’s history dates back to before 1220, when Hugh deLacey divided lands among his troops once it was settled, with a portion of the Killeglan area being given to the Wafre family. The town played a part in the 1916 Easter Rising, when a group of Volunteers attacked the police barracks at Ashbourne. Ten men of the Royal Irish Constabulary were stationed at the barracks at the time, far more than the usual four, due to the rebellion in Dublin. After a standoff, a county inspector arrived to reinforce the police force after gathering more than fifty men in Slane. The Volunteers in turn got reinforcements of their own, and a long battle between the police force and the Volunteers took place, with the RIC members pinned down on all sides. The Volunteers won the battle, but they had to surrender themselves following the failure of the rebellion in Dublin. The leader of the rebellion, Thomas Ashe, was initially sentenced to death, but this was commuted to penal servitude for life, perhaps in part due to the wave of public sympathy for the rebels following the high profile execution of leaders in Dublin.

Attractions Ashbourne Ireland

Bru Na Boinne Centre (Newgrange) - Donore

Located at Donore, this centre is designed to present the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Visitors to Newgrange and Knowth must begin their visits at the Visitor Centre. There is no direct access to either of these monuments and access is by guided tour only.

Kells High Crosses - Kells

The Kells High Crosses are decorated with biblical scenes and are regarded as the country's most important crosses. The Market Cross is located at the junction of John Street and Castle Street. Its original location was probably at the entrance to the ancient monastery. The other four crosses are situated in the grounds of Saint Columba's Church. The ninth century South Cross is the oldest, the twelfth century East Cross is also referred to as 'the unfinished' because its decoration is incomplete. The North Cross has been reduced to its base and the 10th century West Cross is the most decorated of the five.

King John's Castle - Trim

Located in Trim, the "Power and the Glory" exhibition brings to reality the lifestyle of Norman times. King John's Castle, built in 1220, is the largest and best preserved Norman Castle in Ireland and was used as a location for the award winning film Braveheart

Loughcrew Corstown - Oldcastle

The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000BC. The tombs are located on three different hills and Cairn T, one of the largest tombs in the complex, is situated on Carnbane East. This tomb has inside a cruciform chamber, a corbelled roof and some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. During the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, people gather at dawn in Cairn T to watch sunlight enter the chamber and illuminate the inside of the tomb.

Newgrange Open Farm - Clane

Located close to Clane, a traditional working farm where you can enjoy a unique hands on experience. Visitors can hold and feed farm animals, view demonstration displays of crops, vintage farm machinery, tractor and trailer rides. There's also a Coffee shop, picnic area and car park.