Castlepollard, North Westmeath

Castlepollard was originally known as Baile na gCros, meaning "town of the cross". 

Captain Nicholas Pollard arrived in Ireland in 1597 to fight under the Earl of Essex's command against the Gaelic Irish forces. In return for his efforts, Queen Elizabeth I granted Pollard Cionn Torc (Kinturk) - a valley between the lakes. At Rathyoung he built a small castle which he named "Castle Pollard".

Following the Civil War and Cromwellian confiscations, the land was regranted to his first son, Walter, by King Charles II with the approval of the Irish Parliament. Pollard became High Sheriff of the county in 1692 and much work was undertaken to improve the family estate which is now known as the village of Castlepollard. 

The village was rebuilt in the early nineteenth century and a number of the Georgian style buildings still stand around the triangular green. 

Food & Drink

  • Tullynally Castle Garden Tea Rooms - a lovely spot for a light lunch.

Castlepollard is 77 minutes from Dublin and 22 minutes from Mullingar.

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