Edgeworthstown is situated in eastern Longford just over the border from County Westmeath along the N4 national Dublin-Sligo route.
The town is named after the Edgeworth family who first settled there in 1583. Maria Edgeworth stands as one of the most influential novelists of the English language and best known for her novel ‘Castle Rackrent’.
Described by the Irish Times as one of the fast growing towns in the country, itis well connected by a railway station on the Dublin–Sligo railway line. Industries include animal feed processing and pet food manufacturing. Edgeworthstown has expanded significantly in recent years with new housing estates and updated transport infrastructure. The Ulster Bank at the Centre of the town has been converted into a community driven hub called Co:worx. Across the road a brand-new state of the art library has opened up with open plan areas for exhibition spaces and a sensory garden out the back.
There is an Old School House (located on the N55 Athlone road) and it is one of the oldest schools in the country, having been built in 1840. This has now become the new Maria Edgeworthstown Centre and it houses an Edgeworth Portrait Gallery and other memorabilia. The school building retains many of its original features, such as the stone exterior staircase, and the narrow entrance gate.
Edgeworthstown is also where poet Oliver Goldsmith received his early education