Legan, County Longford

Main street in Legan

Legan (Irish: An Liagán, meaning "the standing stone")[1] is a village in County Longford, Ireland. The village population as of 2016 is 215.

NameEdit

The village of Legan, situated in the townland of Smithfield, is also known as Lenamore (Irish: An Léana Mór, meaning "the great water-meadow")[2] after the local watercourse the Lenamore Stream. Legan comes from 'Legan Bridge', a bridge which crosses the stream and which takes its name from the adjoining townland of Legan on the other side of the stream. The bridge spans the stream at the entrance to the village and has been a local feature since about 1775.[3] The names therefore come from the proximity of the village to the bridge and the stream. The actual townland of Legan had an ancient enclosure with associated stones called the 'Legan Rocks' which gives rise to the meaning of the name.

TransportEdit

Legan is approximately 3 km from the N55 and 10 km from the N4 roads. It is approximately 11 km from Edgeworthstown train station.

Tidy townsEdit

Legan received a total of 271 marks in category A of the Tidy Towns Competition 2016,[4] placing it fourth of 13 villages in that category in County Longford.[5]

SportEdit

The local GAA club is Legan Sarsfields, who - as of 2017 - play in the Longford Intermediate Football Championship.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Towns and Villages - Legan". Longfordtourism.ie. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Logainm.ie Placenames Database of Ireland". Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (DCU) and The Placenames Branch (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Legan Bridge". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (Ireland). Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Tidy Towns Competition 2016 - Adjudication Report - Legan" (PDF). TidyTowns.ie. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Tidy Towns: Full list of winners in each county". Irish Times. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Successful Appeal: Legan Sarsfields and Young Grattans can continue to play in this year's Longford Intermediate Football Championship". Longford Leader. Retrieved 8 October 2017.

Coordinates: 53°37′N 7°37′W / 53.617°N 7.617°W / 53.617; -7.617