Balbriggan

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Balbriggan (Baile Brigín in Irish) is a town in County Fingal (historically County Dublin), in the Republic of Ireland. It was subject to the brutality of the Black and Tans in the 1920s, an event known as the "Sack of Balbriggan". It was also the location of the 19th-century Smith's Stocking Mill, which made stockings for Queen Victoria, as well as men's "Long-Johns" called balbriggans. The latter are referred to in several John Wayne films.

Balbriggan today houses the international headquarters of plastic pipe making company Wavin.

The River Bracken, which flows through the town, once formed a lake there known locally at "The Canal". This lake was reclaimed through land-fill in the early 1980s to create a public park.

Balbriggan is situated 36 km north of Dublin city, on the BelfastDublin main line of the Irish rail network. Commuter rail services serve the town, which is also located next to the M1 motorway. Balbriggan is the most northerly town in County Dublin (although the village of Balscadden lies further north within the county).

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