Delvin (Irish: Dealbhna or Dealbhna Mhór)[2] is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland; it is located on the N52 road at a junction with the N51 to Navan. The town is 20 km (12 mi) from Mullingar (along the N52).


Dealbhna or Dealbhna Mhór
Delvin Castle (Nugent Castle) on the town's main street
Delvin Castle (Nugent Castle) on the town's main street
Delvin is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°36′38″N 7°05′33″W / 53.6106°N 7.0925°W / 53.6106; -7.0925Coordinates: 53°36′38″N 7°05′33″W / 53.6106°N 7.0925°W / 53.6106; -7.0925
CountyCounty Westmeath
 • Dáil ÉireannLongford–Westmeath
 • EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
115 m (377 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN601626

The word Delvin comes from Delbhna. That tribe settled in what is present-day Delvin, along with a branch of the Soghain, in Tricha céd na Delbna Móire agus na Sogan.[citation needed]

Delvin Castle and Clonyn CastleEdit

Clonyn Castle
Church of the Assumption, Delvin (1881)

Delvin Castle (or Nugent Castle), now a ruin, was built in 1181 by Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath for his brother-in-law, Gilbert de Nugent.[3] De Nugent came to Ireland with de Lacy in 1171 and settled on some land in Delvin. De Nugent was granted the title Baron of Delvin within the Lordship of Meath, a title now held by the Earl of Westmeath. The ruins of Nugent Castle (not publicly accessible) remain near the center of the town.[3]

A second castle was built several centuries later, hundreds of metres from the centre of the Delvin settlement of that time. This building, known as Clonyn Castle, is situated south of Delvin between the N52 and the Collinstown road. Built in the mid-19th century, by Lord and Lady Greville Nugent, it was sold by the Nugent family in 1922. Changing hands several times during the 20th century, it is now a private residence.[4]


The 18-hole Delvin Castle Golf Club is located near the town.[5] There is a bank, church, hotel/guest house, schools, pubs, a few shops and a take-away in the town. There are also a few pubs on the main street.

Between the 2002 and 2016 census, the population of the town more than doubled from 270 to 740 people.[6] In addition to other developments, plans were unveiled for the provision of a new sports and leisure facility within the village.[citation needed]


National (primary) schools in the area include St. Patrick's (Crowenstown), St. Tola's (Hiskinstown), and St. Ernan's National Schools.[7][8][9]



  1. ^ "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Delvin". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Dealbhna / Delvin (see archival records)". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Delvin Castle, Main Street, Delvin, Westmeath". Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Clonyn Castle". Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Delvin Golf Club". Archived from the original on 2005-05-26. Retrieved 2004-10-18.
  6. ^ "Delvin (Ireland) Census Town". Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  7. ^ "St Ernan's NS, Castletown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath". Department of Education. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ "St Patrick's NS, Crowenstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath". Department of Education. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  9. ^ "St Tola's NS, Hiskinstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath". Department of Education. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  10. ^ "T. E. Lawrence: family history - Lawrence's Father". Jeremy Wilson, Lawrence of Arabia, The Authorised Biography. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Delvin recalls the life of Laurence Ginnell". Westmeath Examiner. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Local Mary McEvoy up for book award". Athlone Advertiser. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2020. The actress, most famous as Glenroe’s Biddy, hails from Delvin in north Westmeath

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