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Kingscourt, historically known as Dunaree, is a town in County Cavan, Ireland. It is located near the Cavan-Meath border and has a population of over 3,000, making it the fourth largest town in County Cavan. The town was founded near the site of the old village of Cabra, by Mervyn Pratt, towards the end of the 18th century, and was completed by his brother, The Rev. Joseph Pratt.HistoryCabra Castle, an early 19th-century 'Gothick-style' castle, is located very near the town, being on the R179 (known locally as the Carrickmacross Road). The castle was originally called Cormey Castle and was built on the site of an earlier Cormey Castle which had been destroyed during the Cromwellian War. The castle has, in recent years, been restored and expanded and is now a five star hotel which is popular for weddings.ArchitectureThe local Catholic church, which is perched high above the town, contains some excellent stained glass windows by the renowned Irish artist Evie Hone, who also provided designs for Eton College Chapel.EconomicsIndustry is very important to Kingscourt. Gypsum Industries, part of the Saint-Gobain group, is a major employer in the area, as is building supplies company, Kingspan, which is headquartered in the town. Other notable employers in the town include Kingscourt Brick, now part of the Lagan Group, Cabra Castle Hotel and Hangar Door Systems. Another employer in the town is The Dún a' Rí House Hotel, a small hotel on Station Road. The hotel has McMahon's Café Bar attached to it.
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