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Carrigeen

Village in Munster, Ireland

Carrigeen[1] (Irish: Carraigín, meaning 'little rock') is a village to the south-east of Mooncoin in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Carrigeen is situated on a hillock within the Suir Valley, contains St. Kevin's Church and belongs to the parish of Mooncoin. There is a primary school and a GAA club in Carrigeen.

St. Kevin's Church is one of the three churches of the parish of Mooncoin, together with a church in Killinaspick and Mooncoin.

History

Carrigeen is located close to two of Ireland's most ancient villages, Licketstown and Glengrant, which date to Norman times.

Oliver Cromwell recognised the value of the land as he passed under the shadow of the Walsh Hills on his approach to Carrick-on-Suir from New Ross. He is reported to have said, "It is a land worth fighting for".[citation needed]

Geography

Carrigeen is situated on a hillock within the Suir Valley, it has a panoramic view of the south of County Kilkenny including Slieve na mBan, Tory Hill and the Comeragh Mountains.

Education

Carrigeen National School celebrated its centenary in September 2000. Carrigeen is the third school in this area of south Kilkenny. Clashroe and the present community hall adjoining the churchyard were former schools. Carrigeen originally had a hedge school at Portnascully or "Field of the School" where a travelling master would have taught. President Mary McAleese visited Carrigeen National School on 15 April 2003.

Landmarks

Historic landmarks surrounding Carrigeen include Grannagh and Corluddy Castle. Corluddy, or the round hill of the mine, is situated on a hill overlooking the River Suir. This castle was built during the Norman period. Grant, the landlord of Glengrant, lived there.

St. Kevin's Church, Carrigeen, is one of the three churches of the parish of Mooncoin, together with a church in Killinaspick and Mooncoin.

People

Bob O'Keeffe, after whom the trophy awarded for the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship is named, was a native of Glengrant, Mooncoin. O'Keeffe became a prominent figure in the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) councils and was president of the association from 1935 to 1938. After his death, the GAA decided to donate a trophy in his memory—the Bob O'Keeffe Memorial Cup. The hurler depicted on the top of the cup is barefooted, which is significant in view of the fact that Bob O'Keeffe originally played in that manner.

Sport

Carrigeen GAA club was formed in 1954. Asper Park, the club grounds, was officially opened in 1991 by Paddy Buggy of Slieverue, former President of the GAA. Carrigeen play in black and amber stripes.[2] As of 2008, the club was reportedly spending €500,000 developing its grounds, with the National Lottery putting up €200,000, Kilkenny County Council €100,000, and the club raising the remaining €200,000.[3]

Carrigeen may be one of Kilkenny's smallest clubs but the opening of these fine grounds shows the dedication and spirit that exists in the local community. Many great games of hurling have already been played on these grounds over the past few years and we look forward to many more exciting clashes in the years ahead.

— - Nickey Brennan, President Elect of the GAA (official opening of the Carrigeen grounds, 1991)[2]

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