Carbury (Irish: Cairbre), also formerly spelt "Carbery", is a village in north-west County Kildare, Ireland. It is situated in the on the R402 regional road between Enfield and Edenderry, near the border with County Offaly. The source of the River Boyne is located just north of the village.
Places of interest
The area is dominated by the ruins of the great Tudor mansion of the Colleys on the top of Carbury Hill, which was also known as Fairy Hill. The hill was at the centre of the ancient territory known as Cairbre Uí Chiardha(which may still be seen on signposts in the area) of the Ó Ciardha sept of the Southern Uí Néill (anglicised Carey and Keary) who were Lords of Carbury, first mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters in 952.The motte on the hill was probably built by Meiler FitzHenry who was granted the area by Strongbow. It was acquired by the de Berminghams in the 14th century, before being taken by the native Irish in the 15th century. From 23 October 1554 a 21-year lease was granted to Sir Henry Colley (the patrilineal ancestor of the Dukes of Wellington); this was renewed, and the Colley family built a large stronghouse on the hilltop in the 17th century, now a ruin.
Carbury Hill (OS Ref (IE): N685348 / Sheet: 49. Latitude: 53° 21' 32.33" N and Longitude: 6° 58' 15.71" W) is close to Trinity Well, the source of the River Boyne that runs by Brú na Bóinne. There are the two barrows on the hill that are dated to the Bronze Age, a motte and a tower house which is impressive, indicating multiple usage and settlement over time. was also camping site of Irish rebels during 1798
Carbury railway station opened on 10 April 1877, closed for passenger traffic on 1 June 1931 and for goods traffic on 1 September 1932, and was finally closed altogether on 1 April 1963.
Carbury S.C is the local soccer club which was formed when Carbury Utd and Parsonstown Utd merged.
- Dudley Colley MP, owner of Castle Carbury
- Tony Adams, film producer
- Clement Johnson, cricketer who played Test cricket for South Africa
- Barry Kenna, Irish international, (under 16) Singer song writer
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