Grange, County Sligo

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Grange
An Ghráinseach
—  Town  —
Grange is located in Ireland
Grange
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°24′00″N 8°31′00″W / 54.4000°N 8.5167°W / 54.4000; -8.5167Coordinates: 54°24′00″N 8°31′00″W / 54.4000°N 8.5167°W / 54.4000; -8.5167
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Sligo
Elevation28 m (92 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Urban225
Time zoneWET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST)IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid ReferenceG664502
 
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Grange
An Ghráinseach
—  Town  —
Grange is located in Ireland
Grange
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°24′00″N 8°31′00″W / 54.4000°N 8.5167°W / 54.4000; -8.5167Coordinates: 54°24′00″N 8°31′00″W / 54.4000°N 8.5167°W / 54.4000; -8.5167
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Sligo
Elevation28 m (92 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Urban225
Time zoneWET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST)IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid ReferenceG664502
Grange's Main Street in 2009 - many of the businesses in the picture have since shut down as the full effects of the recession have decimated the village
The sand dunes of Streedagh and snow on Ben Bulben

Grange (Irish: An Ghráinseach, meaning "The Granary") is a village on the N15 national primary road in County Sligo, Ireland.

A short distance to the north are the towns of Ballyshannon - which has links with Tony Blair, Rory Gallagher and Bram Stoker among others - and Bundoran, known as a seaside resort and surfers' paradise. An even shorter distance to the south are Drumcliff, burial place of poet and Nobel laureate W. B. Yeats, and Sligo, responsible for gifting the world three quarters of Westlife.

Located in a scenic area between Ben Bulben mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Grange cannot itself match the achievements of its neighbours. However, its one claim to fame is as the birthplace of Lola Montez - dancer, courtesan and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.[1][2]

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History

During the late 1990s and early 2000s the village experienced a period of rapid expansion. The population quickly grew - eventually exceeding 100 people - and the number of houses and businesses increased exponentially into double figures, leaving a legacy of ghost estates, mass unemployment and badly structured transport links.[3]

2012 was an eventful year for the locality. Grange was briefly featured in the national news when someone discovered early 20th century Mills type 36 grenades at a private residence in the village. An army team descended on the locale and exploded the grenades.[4] Grange then made national news in August that year when local farmer Brian Barber had 105 of his herd of sheep stolen in one swoop. The sheep were Cheviots and Mayo horned ewes combined, and a number of red markings were reported on each.[5] That same month, the road going through the village had some work done on it, prompting serious traffic delays, numerous angry motorists and media coverage.[6]

Amenities

Two shops are located in the vicinity; SuperValu is the main store in the village, and Londis is located at the Texaco petrol station just outside the village. A third shop, Rooney's, which sold newspapers and buckets and spades, has shut down since the recession hit.

Grange is also less than ten minutes from Freeze Frame Productions studio. FFP specialize in all aspects of film and video production, including Music videos, Weddings, Events, Festivals, Commercials, Sport, Concerts, Promotions, Interviews and anything else you feel needs a video solution. www.freezeframeproduction.com

Food is served at three locations in the area: Lang's Bar and Restaurant has more recently been joined by chinese restaurant The Emperor, and Riva fast food restaurant and takeaway outlet. Wheeler's, another restaurant, was hit by the recession and is no more.

North Sligo Sports Complex is located in the village, close to the Post Primary School. The complex has an indoor soccer pitch, also used for badminton and basketball. There is a squash court, racquetball court and changing room facilities and meeting room in the complex. Outside the complex there is a running track, where North Sligo Athletic Club meet (as well as at Oxfield Sports Centre), a grass soccer pitch and an all weather soccer pitch. There was also a community park, now converted to a playground. At the north end of the village is a pitch, Molaise Park, where local Gaelic football teams train and play. The local GAA club celebrated its centenary in 2007.[7]

There are two schools in the village, a church, church hall, post office, hardware store, laundrette, tile and bathroom store, tap store, barber shop, beautician and others. Among the pubs scattered throughout and around the village are Barry's, Lang's, Moran's, Waters's [8]

The local Roman Catholic priest is Christy McHugh, who has replaced the Very Rev Cyril Haran in recent years.[9]

The village has no resident police officers but is served by Sligo Town gardai.

Development

Streedagh is a townland of Grange, the location of a sandy beach and an area of Special Conservation. Three Spanish Armada ships - La Lavia, La Juliana and the Santa Maria de Vison - were lost off Streedagh in 1588,[10] and this is commemorated by a monument close to the beach. One of the survivors, Captain Francisco de Cúellar, recorded the events of the time in detail. He documents his shipwreck at Streedagh, the subsequent events ashore, and his attempts to find hospitality from local chieftains (O'Rourke and McClancy) in the then English garrisoned North Sligo, as he made his way back to Spain via Antrim and Scotland.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Her name was Lola". RTÉ Television. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. http://www.rte.ie/tv/programmesales/hernamewaslola.html. 
  2. ^ Scally, Derek (25 August 2012). "From Fassbender to King Friedrich: the love affair between Germany and Ireland". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0825/1224322949298.html. Retrieved 25 August 2012. "Fassbender has brought sexy back to German-Irish relations, something sorely lacking since the days of Lola Montez. Born Eliza Rosanna Gilbert in Sligo, Lola caught the eye of Bavaria's King Ludwig I (also pictured above) in 1846 by claiming to be an exotic dancer from Spain. Although married, the king took up with the girl from Grange, even making her the duchess of Landsfeld. Bavarian citizens put up with their king's cavorting, but their patience snapped when his courtesan began meddling in state affairs. Ludwig was forced to abdicate and Lola had to flee. She never saw him again, but she remained a duchess." 
  3. ^ "Mixed development of 93 homes for Grange, Sligo". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 29 June 2001. http://www.independent.ie/unsorted/property/mixed-development-of-93-homes-for-grange-sligo-343555.html. Retrieved 29 June 2001. 
  4. ^ "20th century grenades discovered in Sligo". RTÉ News (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 17 January 2012. http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0117/sligo.html. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Clancy, Paddy (14 August 2012). "Appeal for help in finding 105 sheep taken from a field in Co Sligo". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0814/1224322137708.html. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Major Upgrade Programme Nears Completion". Build.ie. 22 August 2012. http://www.build.ie/construction_news.asp?newsid=149523. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sligo: Final fever hits Grange". The Irish Emigrant. 18 July 2007. http://www.emigrant.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28344. Retrieved 18 July 2007. "The village of Grange, where the local GAA club is celebrating its centenary this year, has been hit by Final fever on two counts this week." 
  8. ^ Guidera, Anita (14 March 2005). "Truck driver lucky to be alive after crashing into pub". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). http://www.independent.ie/national-news/truck-driver-lucky-to-be-alive-after-crashing-into-pub-268964.html. Retrieved 14 March 2005. 
  9. ^ "Priest Listing". Elphin Diocese. http://www.elphindiocese.ie/personnel. 
  10. ^ Flanagan, L (1988). Ireland's Armada Legacy p30, Sutton Publishing Ltd.