The beautiful village of Moynalty (Maigh nEalta, meaning "the plain of the flocks
) is about 10 minutes from Kells town on the banks of the Owenroe River.
The village was built during the 19th century by the grandson of James Farrell, and it is believed to have been based on a Swiss design. However, the village was only constructed on one side of the river, and it wasn’t until the following century when the village spread across to the other side.
A small lace-making industry in Moynalty supplied lace to the wife of King George at Buckingham Palace in London.
The village has become a familiar face in the national Tidy Towns competition. Moynalty was awarded with the title of Best Kept Town in All of Ireland in 2011.
The village also hosts the Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival
, held every August since 1975 and well worth a visit as it harks back to yesteryear.
Matthew Gilsenan - Member of the Irish-based classical music group The Celtic Tenors was born in Moynalty in the early 1970s.
Try the Moynalty Heritage Walk - lovely 20 minute stroll through the village which comprises of:
(1) Stone Cross (2) RC Church and Mass Stone (3) Donore Hoard (4) Moynalty House Gatelodge (5) National Boys School (6) Old Forge (7) Police Barracks 8. Milestone (9) National Girls School (10) Midwife’s House (11) Muintir na Tire Hall (12) Church of Ireland (13) Battle of Salford Bridge (14) Garryard Wood (15) Protestant School (16) Crochawella