Aughrim, County Wicklow
The Blacksmith's Forge beside Aughrim River
Location in Ireland
|Coordinates: 52°51′12″N 6°19′39″W / 52.8533°N 6.3275°WCoordinates: 52°51′12″N 6°19′39″W / 52.8533°N 6.3275°W|
|Elevation||100 m (300 ft)|
|Irish Grid Reference||T123797|
Aughrim (//; Irish: Eachroim, meaning "horse ridge") is a small town in County Wicklow, Ireland. It lies in a scenic valley in the east of Ireland where the Ow and Derry rivers meet to form the Aughrim river. Aughrim is on the R747 regional road which runs between Arklow and Baltinglass.
The Rednagh Bridge south of the village was the site of an engagement during the 1798 rebellion between Crown forces and the rebels.
Aughrim has won the Irish Tidy Towns Award for tidiest village in County Wicklow from 1996–2007, and won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 2007.
There are a number of unusual granite terraced houses throughout the village, constructed - along with a forge, and town hall - at the behest of the Earl of Meath. Aughrim was a granite mining village, and this material is widely used, giving the village a distinctive and coherent architecture.
Aughrim is an important agricultural, horticultural and timber processing village, and has become a popular venue for walkers. The Sean Linehan Way starts by Tinakilly Bridge on the east side of the village, while just to the west the Ciaran Shannon Way can be accessed via the Rednagh Road or by parking at Annacurragh village. Both walks offer a mix of woodland and riverside, with rich bird and wild-life along well-maintained forestry trails and walkways.
Aughrim is a sporting centre in Wicklow. The village is home to the county grounds of the Wicklow county Gaelic Athletic Association team. The Angling for All fishing lake and Aughrim river provide rainbow and brown trout fishing. The lake is popular with walkers and the nearby playground with young families. A Paul McGinley-designed golf course is open at nearby Macreddin.
Aughrim Rugby is based at the Community & Sports Complex on the Rednagh Road. They cater for under 6 to under 12 mini rugby as of season 2011/2012.
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Lived in Aughrim:
- Tara Blaise, singer.
- Illustrated road book of Ireland, Second Edition, Automobile Association, London (1970)