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Adamstown, County Wexford

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Maigh Arnaí
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°23′38″N 6°43′01″W / 52.394°N 6.717°W / 52.394; -6.717Coordinates: 52°23′38″N 6°43′01″W / 52.394°N 6.717°W / 52.394; -6.717
CountyCounty Wexford
48 m (157 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceS872275

Adamstown (Irish: Maigh Arnaighe or Maigh Arnaí, meaning "The Plain of the Berries") is a village in County Wexford, Ireland. It is about 24 km (15 mi) north-west of Wexford, 20 km (12 mi) east of New Ross, and 20 km (12 mi) south-west of Enniscorthy.


A monastery called Magheranoidhe was built in the area c. 600 AD by Saint Abban.[2]

Following the Norman conquest of Ireland, the monastery became property of the Marshall family. The de Heddon and later Devereux families were granted control of it and the surrounding lands.[3]

A castle was built in the area by Adam Devereux, for who the village is named, in 1418.[4]

The castle was rebuilt in 1556 by Nicholas Devereux.[5]

The Adamstown estate later passed to the Earle of Albermarle, and later the Downes family by the 1800s.[3]

A church dedicated to St. Abban was built in Adamstown in 1835.[2]

Local amenities

The village contains a primary school, a secondary school, a GAA pitch and soccer pitch, a community centre, two pubs, a shop, a R.C. church and an adjoining cemetery, chemist, Almost adjacent to the village is Adamstown castle (or tower house), which dates from the 16th century.

The Adamstown Agricultural Show is held there on the first Saturday of July every year.

Notable people


Bus Éireann routes 371 & 382 serve the village on Fridays providing links to Wexford and New Ross.[6]


  1. ^ "Census 2006 — Volume 1 (Dublin: Stat. Off., 27 April 2007) - p. 135" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2011. (4.22 MB)Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved on 2008-05-22.
  2. ^ a b "St. Abban". Scoil Naomh Abbáin. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  3. ^ a b "Adamstown History". Scoil Naomh Abbáin. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  4. ^ "About Our Parish". Saint Abbans Church. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  5. ^ McElherron, Brian T. "Adamstown Castle". Irish Antiquities. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
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