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Stradbally (Irish: An Sráidbhaile, meaning “the (one) street town”) is a town in County Laois, Ireland located in the midlands of Ireland along the N80 road, a National Secondary Route, about 12 km (7 mi) from Portlaoise It is also a townland (of 522 acres), a civil parish and historic barony It is known for the birth of motor racing, the Steam Rally and the Electric Picnic.
Stradbally comprises a long linear street with two squares on the western side – The Market Square and The Courthouse Square. Milling was an important activity in the development of the town, but has now become obsolete and the structures have been adapted to provide a quality residential development in the centre of town. The main function of the town is that of a service centre for the surrounding agricultural hinterland. It has a number of major employers, including the McKeowns and there are also a range of services including doctors, beauticians, hairdressers, public houses, garages and small shops providing employment.
The history of Stradbally reaches from the 6th century when a monastery was established at Oughval, close to the town and within the present-day parish. Stradbally later developed under the influence of the Cosby Family, owners of Stradbally Hall located west of the main street, at the end of the 17th century.
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