Follow in the footsteps of famous historical figures. Edgeworthstown or Meathas Troim meaning ‘fertile ridge’ takes its name from the celebrated Edgeworth family who were settled here in 1619 from Edgeware in England. Some prominent members of the family were: Richard Lovell Edgeworth inventor, politician, educationalist and polymath, his daughter the novelist Maria Edgeworth (Castle Rackrent), his sons William, Lovell and Michael Pakenham Edgeworth. Other members of the family included L’Abbe Edgeworth who attended Louis XV1 at his execution during the French Revolution, Francis Ysidro economist and Drummond Professor at Oxford University, Kenneth, engineer and noted astronomer, who has an asteroid named in his honour.
The town also has close connections with many famous people including Sir Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde whose famous sister Isola is buried here, Oliver Goldsmith, William Wordsworth and Sir William Rowan Hamilton. The town is served by bus, rail and road links.