Ardagh, County Longford

Ardagh (Irish: Ardach, older version Irish: Ardachadh, meaning "high field") is a village in County Longford, Ireland about 10 km (6.21 mi) from Longford Town. It is located off the N4 road.


Location of Ardagh within the Republic of Ireland
Coordinates: 53°40′1″N 7°41′36″W
CountyCounty Longford
Irish grid referenceN199687


There are several important Early Christian sites in and near Ardagh, including the Church of St. Mel.[2] It is suggested that Saint Patrick built a church here in the fifth century and installed Saint Mel as bishop.[3]

Ardagh's Heritage Centre tracks the history of the village, including its literary associations, which include featuring pseudonymously in Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, and in a poem by Eavan Boland.

Much of the village was built as an 'Estate Village' in the 19th century, based on a Swiss design by the local landlords - the Fetherston baronets. The village was awarded the Prix d'Honneur of the Entente Florale and won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition on three occasions in 1989, 1996 and 1998.[1]

Public transport

Edgeworthstown railway station is around 9 kilometres from the village. Until August 2013, Bus Éireann route "118" (Dublin-Mullingar-Longford) served Ardagh on Saturdays only allowing passengers to travel into Longford for a few hours.[4][5]

See also


  1. "The Tidy Towns of Ireland "Celebrating 50 years"" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2016. With a population of roughly 200, Ardagh has [..] scooped the national title in 1989, 1996 and 1998
  2. ""Urban Conservation Plan" Kirsty Anne Murphie" (PDF). Longford County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 May 2016.
  3. "Ardagh", Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907
  4. "Bus Éireann Announces Revisions to Route 115 Mullingar-Dublin service". Bus Éireann (Press Release). 22 August 2013.
  5. "Bus Éireann - Timetables - Regional Services by County". Bus Éireann. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
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