Edenderry is an historic market town that lies within the functional area of Offaly County Council approximately 31km to the east of Tullamore. The town of Edenderry boasts an industrial past and its more recent history is strongly associated with peat extraction in the nearby Bog of Allen. The layout of the town dates principally from the turn of the 19th Century, the historic Main Street, known as JKL Street, and Market Square provide a central spine from which the remainder of the town emanates. In the suburban areas of the town there exists a number of large-scale housing estates which were constructed at various stages from the nineteen sixties to the nineteen eighties.
The development of the bogs by Bord Na Mona in the 1940s also greatly influenced the area around Edenderry. Men from the locality were employed at Ballydermot, Shean, Derrygreenagh, Lullymore and Clonsast board of works, while others were employed in the peat processing plants at Allenwood, Rhode, Portarlington and Croghan Briquette factory. In more recent times industries like Glanbia and Rationel Windows were the largest employers in the area.
To learn more, visit the Edenderry Historical Society's blog.
Explore the historic town of Edenderry with the free downloadable Edenderry Heritage Trail audio guide that leads you through all the sites of this picturesque town. The town of Edenderry lies at the edge of the Bog of Allen in the heart of the Irish Midlands, close to where County Offaly meets the borders of counties Kildare and Meath. This vast flat landscape of peatland is dotted with low hills and one of these hills – Éadan Doire (Brow of the Oak Wood) was a very strategic location throughout its history and eventually developed into the town of Edenderry. Hear the story of the castle that was built on this hill in the medieval period and of all the families that exerted influence on the region throughout the centuries – particularly the Downshires who were responsible for the creation of modern Edenderry. Download and listen here.