Castleblayney

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Castleblayney or Castleblaney (, formerly Caisleán Mathghamhna) is a town in County Monaghan, Ireland. The town has a population of about 3,000, with another 8,000 living in its environs. Castleblayney lies near the border with County Armagh (Northern Ireland) and is on the N2 road from Dublin to Derry. Its name is often shortened to "Blayney" or "Blaney" by locals.

Geography

The town, in the heart of typical South Ulster drumlin and lake countryside, lies above the western shore of Lough Muckno, an 'area of primary amenity value' and the largest lake in County Monaghan. The River Fane flows eastwards from the lake to the Irish Sea at Dundalk in County Louth. As the Irish name of the lake, 'the place where pigs swim', suggests, the area is associated with the Black Pig's Dyke (also known locally in parts of Counties Cavan and Monaghan as the Worm Ditch), an ancient Iron Age boundary of Ulster. A few miles to the north-east is the highest elevation in County Monaghan, 'Mullyash', altitude 317 m (1,034 ft), designated as an 'area of secondary amenity value'. It was associated with folk festivals until modern times that were often disapproved of by the churches. Since the 17th century, markets and fair days were held in the town, but these faded away in recent decades. Beyond the town, there are a variety of proposed natural heritage sites.

History

The town of Castleblayney originated in the aftermath of the Tudor conquest of Gaelic...
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