spot in Wicklow where the air breathes sweet content."
'To Aughrim' a poem
by Desmond L. Morley'
The Granite City
Known locally as "The Granite City" because of its many buildings constructed from
locally quarried Wicklow Granite,
Aughrim is beautifully situated at the junction of several mountain
valleys. The valley of the River Ow boasts magnificent scenery,
which extends north-west of Aughrim for about 10 miles to the
foot of Lugnaquilla Mountain.
The village of Aughrim is very picturesque and is well worth a visit. It is located
approximately 80 km (1 hour drive) south of Dublin. Whether you want to take a day
trip to the village or stay for a longer duration, there is an abundance of local pubs,
restaurants, hotels and B&B's where you can get quality accommmodation and dine in
style. There are many impressive buildings of historical interest in the village.
In the centre of the village the Forge and the Market House have interesting
architectural features, while the Old Mill, the local Catholic and Church of
Ireland church buildings are impressive landmarks. On the bi-centenary of the 1798 rebellion, a monument commemorating this important
event in Irish history was erected in the village.
If you are an angler, there are a number of rivers in the locality renowned for fishing. The rivers
Aughrim, Ow and Derry
hold numerous small brown trout. Trout fishing is also available for all at Aughrim's "Angling for All"
National Disabled Angling Facility, with its wheelchair accessible lake, located in the
village beside the Park Pavillion. Aughrim has it's own bowling green, and IT Centre,
also located beside the Park Pavillion.
National Tidy Towns Award Winners
In September 2007, after many years of hard work, Aughrim won Irelandís highest
accolade in the Tidy Towns competition, the Overall National Tidy Towns Award.
President Mary McAleese visited Aughrim on 20th April 2008 to formally present
the national award to the people of Aughrim. Achievement of the overall national
award followed on from the success in 2006 of winning the prize as Irelandís best
kept small town. Also in June 2006, Aughrim won the title of "Irelands Best Kept
Small Town" at a ceremony hosted by Northern Ireland Amenity Council Belfast and
the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Dublin.
2009 was another exciting year for Aughrim. In addition to winning a gold medal in the National Tidy
Towns competition, Aughrim also claimed the title of Irelands Tidiest Small Town again.
In addition to these great achievements, several other major projects of interest to the village have recently been completed. Aughrim Tidy Towns Committee have completed construction of an extension
to the Park Pavillion for the New to You thrift shopand Aughrim Community Field Committee have completed phase 1 of the construction
of a new Community Sports Centre at Andy Allen Park. Aughrim Business Association was formed in 2009
to help promote business in Aughrim.
Aughrim is a thriving village with lots to do and see in the locality. Browse this website for more
information on our beautiful village. Better still, why not come and visit us? You will be impressed
with all that Aughrim has to offer. Click on the link to find out
how to get to Aughrim.
When you get to Aughrim, if you want more information about what to do, you can drop into
the tourist information point located at The Green Bean.
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