Bracknagh

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Bracknagh, Co. Offaly
Breacánach
village
Bracknagh, Co. Offaly is located in Ireland
Bracknagh, Co. Offaly
Bracknagh, Co. Offaly
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°13′N 7°06′W / 53.217°N 7.100°W / 53.217; -7.100Coordinates: 53°13′N 7°06′W / 53.217°N 7.100°W / 53.217; -7.100
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Offaly
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 209
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
R419 crossing the Figile River in Bracknagh

Bracknagh or Bracnagh[2] (Irish: Breacánach) is a small village in County Offaly, Ireland. It is at the junction of the R442 and R419 regional roads, halfway between Portarlington and Rathangan (8 km from both).

It is thought that the settlement began with a small cluster of homes built around the road junction. Expansion along connected roads included the addition of two housing developments called "The Ring' and 'The Green' by Offaly County Council and Bord na Mona.[3]

Due to the nearest postal sorting office being in Kildare, Bracknagh is listed as a Kildare address, though it is in fact in county Offaly.

Bracknagh is home to the Ballynowlart church, where there is a local tradition that the congregation were burned alive[4] in the 1600s. Until recent years there was a memorial to the Ballynowlart Martyrs. Bracknagh is home to St Broughan's Well, the water from which is reputed to be a cure for headaches.

Bracknagh hosts a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club which was founded in 1973 and were the first team to win the Offaly GAA intermediate title in 1978 after an absence from the competition for some years. In 2016 Bracknagh were again the Offaly GAA intermediate Gaelic football champions. At underage level, young people play with the parish team of Clonbullogue, Walsh Island and Bracknagh, collectively known as St Broughan's.

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  1. ^ "BRACKNAGH (Offaly)". City Population. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  4. ^ "The Ballynowlart martyrs. (Local tradition in connection with the burning of the congregation in Ballynowlart Church, Offaly).". National Library of Ireland – Sources. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 

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