Dunshaughlin

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Dunshaughlin (,A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University PressWhile Domhnach Seachnaill remains the common name among the natives, since the Placenames Order, 1975 the alternative recorded Irish name for the town, Dún Seachlainn, is designated as the official name. Both names are equally legitimate with Domhnach Seachnaill appearing in ecclesiastical records and Dún Seachlainn appearing in secular records. is a town in County Meath in Ireland.

History

It is named after Saint Seachnall, who established a church there in the 5th century.

Máel Seachlainn was ancestor to the principal family of Brega, Ó Maoilsheachlainn, is descended. Dunshaughlin (or more specifically, the townland of Lagore) is famous for an ancient crannóg or settlement from the 7th century where a number of Irish antiquities were discovered.

Approximately 1.6 km south of the village is a preserved workhouse from An Gorta Mór which was abolished by the Irish State in the early twenties. The workhouse is currently under private ownership and is not open to the public.

Today

Dunshaughlin is 29 km from Dublin on the R147, formally the N3 road but renamed after the M3 was opened. Today it is a thriving satellite town of the nation's capital. It has grown considerably over the last 20 years and while the population in 1996 was just 2,139, it was 3,063 by the census of 2002 and is recorded as 3,384...
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