‘Dún Búinne’ meaning Búinne’s stronghold
Dunboyne is situated on the crossroads of the R156 and R157 which meet in the centre of the village. The town is considered to possess the features of both a village and a town. With a population of over 6,900 Dunboyne is steeped in history that stretches back to the middle ages.
The only access into and out of the town is over bridges therefore suggesting that Dunboyne is the only town in the country that could be an inland island.
In the twelfth century, with the arrival of the Normans, the town became the territory of the Petit family. In the thirteenth century an heiress of Sir William Petit, 6th Lord of Dunboyne, married Thomas Butler, the brother of the first Earl of Ormond, meaning that all titles and properties passed to the Butlers, and with it the Butler’s long association with the area.
Why not visit Dunboyne Castle, which dates back to the Butler dynasty. The castle was destroyed by Cromwell but was rebuilt in the 1700s. The mansion which replaced the original building is now Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa.
Interesting fact: In the 1970s the town became famous as the backdrop for the fictional village of Leestown in the successful television series called The Riordans.