Knockbridge

Knockbridge (Irish: Droichead an Chnoic)[2] is a small village within the townland of Ballinlough (Baile an Locha) in County Louth, Ireland.

Knockbridge

Droichead an Chnoic
Village
Knockbridge crossroads
Knockbridge crossroads
Knockbridge is located in Ireland
Knockbridge
Knockbridge
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°58′N 6°29′W / 53.97°N 6.49°W / 53.97; -6.49Coordinates: 53°58′N 6°29′W / 53.97°N 6.49°W / 53.97; -6.49
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
CountyLouth
Elevation
42 m (138 ft)
Population
 (2016)[1]
667
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceH994037

FacilitiesEdit

The village is centred on a crossroads, where there is a pub and a shop. There are four housing estates, a Roman Catholic church and a large primary school in the village.

Stephenstown House, a large ruined Georgian house, once owned by a branch of the Fortescue family, stands beside the River Fane about a mile outside the village. Stephenstown Pond, about a hundred metres from the house, was redeveloped in the mid-1990s and is a public amenity. Stephenstown Pond has a conference centre and an 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) community enterprise space. It is a habitat for a number of animals. Fishing permits for the pond can be obtained in the village from McNamee's Pub or Brodigan's Shop.

Knockbridge Church (St Mary's) has a number of Harry Clarke designed stained-glass windows.

HistoryEdit

 
Stephenstown House, Knockbridge

The village takes its name from "Cnoic Bhríde" - Bridget's Hill - reputed to be a site connected with local Saint Bridget. Nearby is Clochafarmore, where the legendary hero Cú Chulainn is reputed to have died.

SportEdit

The village's Gaelic football team, St. Brides GFC, was founded by Seamus Quinn, the parish priest in 1927. The club plays in Páirc an Chuinnigh, which was bought as a memorial to Quinn who died in 1952. The grounds were opened on 1 May 1955. The club competes in the Louth Senior Division.

Location and transportEdit

The village is situated 6.5 km (4.0 mi) south-west of Dundalk, the county town. The village is 75 km north of Dublin Airport. Bus Éireann provides bus routes to and from Knockbridge.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "SAPMAP Area - Settlement - Knockbridge". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Droichead an Chnoic / Knockbridge". logainm.ie. Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Knockbridge Village Design Statement, for Louth County Council" (PDF). Louth County Council. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Knockbridge (Ireland)". Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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