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Henry Grattan, the great orator and politician, having been awarded 50,000 by the Irish Parliament in 1782 to purchase lands, bought property in this area from the Cosby family of Stradbally.
Buildings of interest connected with the development of that property include the 1860s Grattan School and Grattan Lodge built in 1882 by Henry Grattan’s grand-daughter, Lady Pauline Grattan Bellew.
Vicarstown is a village that stands at the point where the R427 road crosses the Grand Canal.