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Edenderry up for sale!!
under the hammer
celebrate the life of Myles na gCopaleen the Irish Times has recently been running a series
of The best of Myles: a selection of
Cruiskeen Lawn. This article (undated) refers to an advertisement for sale,
that being the town of Edenderry!
‘Town under the Hammer: We are living
in a ruthless age....Anything can happen in Ireland today...I nearly passed
away when I seen it- it’s the worst sign of national putrescence I have ever
FOR SALE: Town of Edenderry, as going
concern, well established garage. Yearly rent, £30.
The Fair Town of Edenderry up for
sale for all the world like a heifer at a fair! And to be turned into- a well
established garage mind you? The loveliest town in Ireland, a town boasting the
finest piazza in Europe in its own way, a sort of....city! (if Limerick is a
city, pray which of the earth’s hamlets is not). This gem of the silver sea,
this other Edenderry! Eadan Doire, sweet town of the Oak grove! Peerless
habitation, resplendent settlement, proud sister of Tullamore! Have they no
heart, these soulless slaves of the machine age?....Oliver Flanagan doth that lion
sleep? must the innocent population of Edenderry- man, maid, mother with
suckling babe- must all these assemble their poor belongings on handcarts and
undertake a pathetic struggling trek to Geashill?....If Edenderry is to be
CIE’s mere garage which of our smiling cities is to be next? Maybe the tourist
board will make up and buy Dublin before it is sold privately. And present it
to the nation.
About 120 AD Cathair Mór. King of Leinster,
became powerful enough to be designated Ard-Rí Éireann by the four masters in
the annals.He had ten sons, the eldest
Ros Fáilghe (“of the rings”) was given the territory of North Offaly which
became known as Uí Fáilighe in later times and from which the name Offaly
The O’Connor sept is descended from Ros,
they ruled all or part of Offaly up until the late 16th century.Offaly was divided into 7 “tríocha céad” or
districts.Each district had it’s own
sub-chief, the area that includes modern day Edenderry was called
Tuatha-dá-Muighe, the territory of the two plains, which was the patrimonial
inheritance of the O’Mulkenes.The name
of the area gradually became corrupted until it was known as Tetmoy Ballykilleen
Fort This is the oldest structure extant in the
Edenderry area. (To get to it head out of Edenderry on Tullamore road and turn
left at Ballyfore crossroads towards the power station).
synonymous with being the Headquarters of the US Car manufacturing Industry.
There was a time at the start of the 20th Century when it could be
fairly said that Edenderry was the “Detroit”, or motor car manufacturing
capital of Ireland.
The first motor
car manufacturer was William Corrigan.His gravestone at CastroPetreCemetery
records that he died on the 3rd January 1946 aged 83 years. 42 years
earlier, in 1902, and at the age of 41 or so, he manufactured a 4 ½ hp car.
Apparently there is a photograph of this car in the museum of the Royal Irish
Automobile Club which has its headquarters in Kildare Street, Dublin. William
Corrigan ran a very successful garage business. According to details recorded
in one of the late Joe Reilly’s books, over 40 people were employed there and
some of the principal customers were O’Brien’s which had 15 Lorries and 8 Vans
and Williams’ Bakery.The garage
business was located at the rear of William Corrigan’s house on Main Street
Edenderry. Joe D…
BLUNDELL CASTLE: A BRIEF HISTORY The area around Edenderry is littered with
castles, most of which were built in the Anglo- Norman period, such as Carrick,
Kinnefad, Ballyleakin and Brackagh amongst others. Overlooking the town of Edenderry, BlundellCastle is located on a
hill from which the town gets its name; Eadon Doire, meaning brow or hill-top
of the oak trees. Today, the oak trees are long since gone, but the ruins of
the castle remain, a testament to the days of De Bermingham and O’Connor feuding,
and later Cooley (or Cowley) power, the family who were granted the lands of Edenderry
after the Laois/Offaly Plantation in 1556. In their book, Edenderry through
Evans and Whelan make no mention of a date of the building of BlundellCastle. The earliest mention they make
of the castle is when referring to the 1550 survey taken prior to the
plantation, which mentions “a path to the castell of Eadandyrre”.
The remains of the present castle, or tower house, can be traced t…