By Bethany Farrell, 6th Class
THE FIRST PEOPLE IN CASTLEDERMOT
The earliest human settlement in Castledermot was around the Neolithic or late Stone Age time, but no one really knows when it was.
THE FOUNDATION OF DERMOT’S MONASTERY
Nobody knows the exact date of the establishment of the monastery at the site of the present St. James’s Church. The Book of Lecan records that the monk who founded Diseart Diarmada (Castledermot) was of the Clan Fiathach Finn and he lived some time about 500 A.D. Why exactly Diarmuid choose Castledermot as the site for his monastery is also uncertain.
SHOPS, PUBS, RESTAURANTS AND SCHOOLS
There are a few shops in Castledermot such as, Dunne’s, Caplices, Horans, Sullivan’s, Farrell’s and Copes. There are some pubs too such as, The Granite House, The Castle Inn, The Dales, Gannons, Doyle’s and The Shamrock. There are very few restaurants in Castledermot. They are The Shamrock (which is also a pub) and there is also an Indian restaurant. There are two schools in Castledermot. They are Scoil Diarmada (primary) and Coláiste Lorcáin (secondary).