Dunboyne (Irish: Dún Búinne) is a town in County Meath in the Republic of Ireland. It is a dormitory town for the city of Dublin. Dunboyne is due to be reconnected to the national rail network in 2009 as part of the reopening of the Navan-Maynooth railway line.
Date: 1920 (estimate)
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Dunboyne (Irish: Dún Búinne) is a town in County Meath in the Republic of Ireland. It is a dormitory town for the city of Dublin.
Dunboyne is due to be reconnected to the national rail network in 2009 as part of the reopening of the Navan-Maynooth railway line.
Although its history stretches back to the Middle Ages, it has seen major transformation since the early 1980s, as suburban housing estates were developed around the fringes of the traditional village, such as the Dunboyne Castle estate and hotel.
John Bruton, Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) from 1994 to 1997, lives about 5 kilometres outside this village.
Some people may be surprised to find that they recognise the village as they go through it, as Dunboyne was the backdrop for the fictional village of Leestown in the very successful television series of the 1970s called The Riordans.
Dunboyne is also known for its rich GAA tradition. The Dunboyne team won the Meath senior county football championship in 1998 and 2005. Dunboyneman Sean Boylan was the longest serving county manager in GAA history and led Meath to four All Ireland victories in 1987, 1988, 1996 and 1999. He was awarded 'Freedom Of Meath' in 2006 for his contributions to the Meath GAA scene.
All Ireland winners from Dunboyne representing Meath include James Reilly (1949), Brendan Reilly, Enda McManus, Nigel Crawford and David Gallagher.
It has been suggested that Dunboyne is the only town in Ireland that could be an inland island, as the only way into and out of the town is over bridges, directly outside the town on each road.
In Stockholm, Sweden there is an unusual youth hostel; it is a ship that used to go by the name 'Dunboyne', now called 'af Chapman'. Baptised 'Dunboyne' by her original Dublin owners, Charles E. Martin & Co., she participated in trade with Australia in her early years. Sold to Norway in 1909, the Dunboyne was renamed the G.D. Kennedy in July 1915 when she was bought by the Swedish shipping company Transatlantic who sold her to the Swedish government in 1924, when it was renamed af Chapman. She has been operating as a youth hostel since 1949.