Castlepollard is a small village of 1000 inhabitants, located less than 20km north of the town of Mullingar. Although there are few tourist attractions in the area, we recommend that you do not miss a visit to its town centre with its two churches and its magnificent 17th century castle situated slightly out of the way of the town.
History of Castlepollard
A City founded in the 17th century
Castlepollard was built at the end of the 17th century by the Pollard family, a wealthy family living at the time under the orders of Charles II. The latter then began the development of the village, constructing buildings on the basis of a particularly strict checkerboard plan, with a triangular lawn in its centre.
During the War of Independence, Castlepollard was the centre of violent clashes. For example, the IRA burned down the ICR police barracks there.
Nowadays Castlepollard is still a friendly village, with houses dating back to the whole of the 19th century.
Castlepollard has a wide range of restaurants and accommodation options in the town centre. Their pubs are generally quite cosy, and it is often possible to meet local musicians who come to sing along for a pint.
Among the main monuments of the town, the triangular garden located in the heart of the village is particularly noteworthy. It has a statue of a swan, all right from the legend of the children of Lir. A plaque located nearby will even tell you this story (in English, French, German and Gaelic).