Crossroads at the Swan's public house
Crossroads at the Swan's public house

Curraha, also written Curragha (Irish: Currach Átha, meaning "the ford/crossing at the marshy/boggy area"),[1] is a small village located 4.5 km from Ashbourne and 4 km from Ratoath, County Meath, Ireland on the R155 road between Ratoath and the junction with the N2. The built-up area is mainly within Crickstown townland.

The area of Curraha stretches from the road towards Ratoath with the border not far from Ratoath Rugby pitch down to past Kilmoon Cross. It also stretches from Greenpark Bridge over to the N2 (along the 'Bog' of Curraha).

Facilities

Memorial to Paud O'Donoghue
Memorial to Paud O'Donoghue

The local national (primary) school, St Andrew's National School Curraha, first opened in 1952. Curraha also has one church (St Andrew's Church, built in 1904), four cemeteries (Curraha, Crickstown, Kilbrew and Kilmoon), three local shops, two public houses (Swan's Bar & Lounge, The Snail Box Bar & Restaurant), a GAA Club (hurling & football) located at Joe McDermott Park,[2] a tennis club (located at Curraha Church car-park) and other clubs and organisations such as Curraha ICA. The Largo Foods/Perri/Tayto factory is located in Curraha on the Kilbrew Road. TaytoPark is also located in Curraha. A statue commemorating Paud O'Donoghue, a blacksmith who participated in the 1798 rebellion, stands at the crossroads in Curraha. A ballad was composed about his participation.[3]

Curraha Parish Pastoral Council

Curraha Parish Pastoral Council overlooks the running of the parish.[4] It is involved in the liturgical and everyday running of the parish through its members. There is a parish centre and meeting room on the church grounds.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ "Currach Átha / Curragha". logainm.ie. Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. ^ Curraha GAA Club
  3. ^ The Ballad of Paud O'Donoghue
  4. ^ Curraha PPC homepage

Coordinates: 53°32′21″N 6°26′35″W / 53.53917°N 6.44306°W / 53.53917; -6.44306