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Road sign on approach to Bilboa

Bilboa (Irish: Biolbó)[1] is a settlement located on the boundaries of counties Carlow, Laois and Kilkenny in Ireland.[2] A bridge near the village (built c. 1800) is known as the 'Three Counties Bridge'.[3]

The little settlement at Bilboa was originally based around coal and coal mining.[citation needed] Of the original mining village, only the church remains.[2] Bilboá's Church of Ireland church is a detached three-bay Tudor Revival church, built in 1846.[4] It has a crenellated entrance tower and granite dressings including clasping buttresses on octagonal plans. The interior retains its original pews.[4]

The origins of the name Bilboa are reputedly recorded in several small extracts on the organ of the village.[citation needed] The passages were taken from the old school house in the village (now a shop). The general story suggests that a Colonel John Staunton Rochford (1802-1844) returned from fighting in the British army in the Napoleonic Wars. He was credited with some act of valour while fighting around the Spanish city of Bilboa.[1] Hence he became known as Rochford of Bilboa, where as his family before him where the Rochfords of Clogrennene. Later members of his family were involved in the building of Bilboa church c. 1850. Since then, the area has been known as Bilboa.[5]

The area is home to a windfarm, a national (primary) school and an An Post post office.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Biolbó/Bilboa". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "Bilboa - The Mining Village". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Three Counties Bridge, Croghtenclogh, Kilkenny". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b "Bilboa Church of Ireland Church, Bilboa, County Carlow". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Strong bidding drives Kilkenny farm to double its guide price". Independent News & Media. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Wind farm built for €40m on Carlow/Laois border is set to be sold once again". 17 October 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Scoil Bhríde, Ardough, Bilboa, Co. Carlow". Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Bilboa Post Office is staying until September 2016 at least". 31 October 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2021.

Coordinates: 52°47′53″N 7°02′24″W / 52.798°N 7.040°W / 52.798; -7.040

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