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Stoneyford, County Kilkenny

Stoneyford, County Kilkenny

Town in Leinster, Ireland

Stoneyford, officially Stonyford (Irish: Áth Stúin)[2] is a small town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It lies on the N9 Waterford road some 14 km south of Kilkenny City. Stoneyford is a part of the parish of Aghaviller in the Diocese of Ossory.

Two small streams run through the village, one to the west and the second to the north of the village. Both streams join the north of the village and continue northwards as a tributary to the King's River, which is less than 500 metres North of the village. It is an important salmonid river[citation needed] which merges with the River Nore to the east of Stoneyford. The King’s River is used regularly for fishing.

Architectural heritage

Stoneyford has a number of buildings which are listed on the Record of Protected Structures for County Kilkenny. These include the early 19th century Catholic Church, the old two-storey school house and the pub-front of "O’Grady’s" premises with its marbleised lettering.[3]

Archaeology

In the mid-19th century it came to light that a Roman burial had reportedly been discovered near Stoneyford. This discovery consisted of three articles: a green glass urn containing bones 10 inches in height, a glass lachrymatory, and a bronze mirror silvered or tinned on the convex side. The burial has been described as typical of the Roman middle-class burial rite of the first two centuries A.D.[4] The burial is generally thought to have been that of a Roman trader, and has been cited as evidence pointing towards the presence of a "strong and secure Roman community" nearby, though no such settlement has been discovered as of yet.[5]

Population

The 2016 Census recorded Stoneyford with a population of 376 persons,[1] up from 355 in 2011.[6] There are two new housing estates in the area; Chapel View, which is in the middle of the village, and Lawcus Fields on the road to Kells.[citation needed]

Education

Stoneyford is served by one primary school, Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, which was opened in 1948. The school consists of four classrooms and a staff room.[citation needed] There is a concrete yard to the front and to the back of the school with a grassed area to the side. In 2014, a small grass playing field was developed and opened at the back of the school.[citation needed]

Services

Stoneyford's amenities include a food store, public house, a take away restaurant, a café, and a closed Garda Station. There is no resident Garda in Stoneyford. Stoneyford is in the area covered by the Thomastown Garda station.

Stoneyford also has a community center building which hosts a number of classes and activities. The Church of Ireland faith is served by St. Peter's Church, Ennisnag, Kilkenny, just outside Stoneyford.

Sport

Carrickshock Gaelic Athletic Association is the local hurling club. They have been County Kilkenny senior hurling champions seven times: in 1931, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, and 1951.

A number of underage sports exist within the village. Stoneyford Football Club has teams covering the U4-U14 age groups. They also have a men's team.

There is an underage athletics club which is run once a week next to the community centre.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Lawcus-Stoneyford". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Áth Stúin/Stonyford". Placenames Database of Ireland (logainm.ie). Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Appendix 1 - Existing Protected Structures in Stoneyford" (PDF). Stoneyford Local Area Plan (Report). Kilkenny County Council. 16 October 2006. p. 56.
  4. ^ Bourke, Edward. "Stoneyford: A First-Century Roman Burial from Ireland". Archaeology Ireland. Vol. 3, No.2: 56–57 – via JSTOR. |volume= has extra text (help)
  5. ^ R.B., Warner. "Some Observations on the Context and Importation of Exotic Material in Ireland, from the First Century B.C. to the Second Century A.D.". Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Archaeology, Culture, History, Literature. Vol. 76: 267–292 – via JSTOR. |volume= has extra text (help)
  6. ^ "Settlement Lawcus (CSO Area Code ST 07026)". Census 2011. Central Statistics Office. April 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2020.

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