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Irish: Cluain na nGall
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Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°41′26″N6°38′43″W / 52.6906°N 6.6453°W / 52.6906; -6.6453 Coordinates: 52°41′26″N6°38′43″W / 52.6906°N 6.6453°W / 52.6906; -6.6453
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Carlow
83 m (272 ft)
 (2016) [1]
Time zone UTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST) UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid Reference S916607

Clonegal, officially Clonegall ( /ˈklnəɡɔːl/ KLOH-nə-gawl; from Irish : Cluain na nGall, meaning "meadow of the foreigners"), [2] is a village in the southeast of County Carlow, Ireland. It is in a rural setting, 5 km from Bunclody, County Wexford, 22 km from Carlow and 17 km from the proposed interchange of the N9 and N80 roads at Rathcrogue. It is just over a mile north of where the River Slaney and the River Derry meet. [3] Clonegal has a much smaller "twin" village across the River Derry in County Wexford, Watch House Village.


The town is served by a primary school, and is the center of an agricultural hinterland. [3]


The name Clonegal comes from the Irish Cluain na nGall or "Meadow of the Foreigner". This could have originated from when Cromwell’s soldiers, during the Irish Confederate Wars, fought the Irish in the village in 1650 after which all Irish surviving males were massacred. Others contend that it came from foreign students who came to study in a monastery near the village. [3] Clonegal won the tidiest village in Ireland award in 2014 and again in 2015.[ citation needed ]


According to the 2006 Census, Clonegal had a population of approximately 280, an increase of 20% since the 2002 Census. [3] As of 2016, the population was 278. [1]


There were once eleven malt houses in and around the village, along with a wool and corn store, a police station and other shops. [3]

Places of interest

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1798 monument
The Hanging Arch Hanging arch, Clonegal.jpg
The Hanging Arch
Saint Fiaac's Church of Ireland, Clonegall StFiaacsCoIClonegal3781.jpg
Saint Fiaac's Church of Ireland, Clonegall

Notable people

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  1. 1 2 "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Clonegal". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  2. Placenames Database of Ireland: Clonegall/Cluain na nGall
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Clonegal - Draft Local Area Plan 2007" (PDF). Carlow County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-18.