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Edgeworthstown derives its name from the family of the Edgeworth family who came to the area in the mid 1500's. It was home to the writer and inventor Richard Lovell Edgeworth, his daughter Maria the famous novelist and Henery Essex Edgeworth ( The Abbe Edgeworth ) who was closely associated to the French Royal Family during the time of the French Revolution. Oliver Goldsmith received his early education in the town which has hosted many distinguished visitors including Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth. Oscar Wilde's sister is buried in the grounds of St. Johns Church. Edgeworthstown is a town with a population of approximately fifteen hundred people located at the intersection of the N4 & N55, 70 miles from Dublin and 70 miles from Sligo, Belfast is 130 miles away and Galway 70 miles.

Edgewothstown boasts many buildings, places and items of historical importance . The Development Association is currently implementing a plan to restore, develop and promote the towns rich heritage to the local community and to a larger National and International audience. The plan has four elements;

*Also A town heritage trail is presently being developed.

The townland of CORBOY has one of Ireland's oldest presbyterian churches.

The Edgeworth Literary Weekend 1999.

These weekends appeal to all those interested in any aspect of writing, literature or readings.

One of the highlights of the weekend generally are the various reading sessions which have proven to be very popular and enjoyable. These sessions give participants an opportunity to appreciate the work of established writers and offer an opportunity for newcomers to perform their work in an open forum.


Edgeworthtown has a proud literary heritage, being the hometown of Maria Edgeworth, the novelist. The town where Oliver Goldsmith received his early schooling and where Sir Walter Scott visited.



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