Batterstown

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Batterstown
Baile an Bhóthair
Town
Batterstown is located in Ireland
Batterstown
Batterstown
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°28′11″N 6°32′11″W / 53.4697°N 6.5364°W / 53.4697; -6.5364Coordinates: 53°28′11″N 6°32′11″W / 53.4697°N 6.5364°W / 53.4697; -6.5364
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Meath
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Batterstown (Irish: Baile an Bhóthair, meaning "town of the road")[1] is a small rural village in the townland of Rathregan (Ráth Riagáin), Meath, Ireland. It is about 23 km (14 mi) northwest of Dublin, on the R154 regional road.[2] It hosts a yearly cycling race.[3] There is approximately forty houses in Batterstown. The population of Batterstown is approximately 100 people.

Facilities[edit]

Batterstown has many facilities in its locality. It has a retail shop known as "The Village pump". A country pub right across from it known as "Caffreys". A primary school (Rathregan National school) behind the shop. A hairdressers known as "the village Salon" and a pitch down the road which is home to senior football and hurling club Blackhall Gaels. Batterstown also has a credit union and post office situated within the ''Village pump''.

Sport[edit]

GAA is popular in Batterstown; with inhabitants eligible to join the local club, Blackhall Gaels GAA. Batterstown holds the club's main training ground. There is another training ground located in Pagestown. Both with modernized club houses and gym facilities. There was a new all weather grounds developed behind the goals beside the red road in 2011. This proves a valuable resource during the winter months for Blackhall Gaels as the ground holds firm in all weather conditions. The club has Gaelic football and hurling/camogie teams for both men and ladies. The Gaa club in Batterstown is called Blackhall Gaels.

Transport[edit]

Batterstown railway station opened on 1 July 1863, was closed for passenger traffic on 27 January 1947, closed for goods traffic on 12 June 1961, and finally closed altogether on 1 April 1963.[4] The village is served by the Bus Éireann 111 Athboy to Dublin service.[5] Under the Bus Éireann M3 Corridor - Bus Services to Dublin & Local Centres Proposals announced in 2015, this route will no longer provide a service to Batterstown.[6]

Local History[edit]

Patrick Kelly ~ A child of the Rising

Patrick Kelly is buried in the old graveyard in Batterstown, Co. Meath. The headstone was discovered by local man Noel Smyth and other members of the tidy towns committee while it was being renovated in 2016. On the 28th of April 1916 known as bloody Friday, Patrick got a gunshot wound to the neck, which fractured his lower jaw, outside his home. He was taken to Dublin University Voluntary Aid Hospital in Mount joy Square East in Dublin, but was later pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. Patrick Kelly died at the age of 13 in 1916.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ http://www.irishtourist.com/meath/towns/batterstown/
  3. ^ http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road/?id=IRE/2003/mar03/mar09batterstown
  4. ^ "Batterstown station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  5. ^ A4 Portrait101-200.qxd[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1420620583-M3-Corridor.pdf[permanent dead link]

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