Balbriggan, a coastal town about thirty five kms north of Dublin City, is named after either Baile BricÁn, meaning Town of the Small Trout, or Baile BrigÁn, meaning Town of the Small Hills. The oldest known verified site in the area is in the townland of Bremore (from the Irish Big Hills) - situated on the coast just north of the town.
The expansion of the town owes much to the foresight and drive of the Hamilton family, major landowners in the area, they built Balbriggan Harbour (in 1763), the inner dock (in 1829) and St. George's Church of Ireland Church in 1813.
Balbriggan has lots of places of interest including a traditional fishing harbour, beside which is a lovely beach overlooked by a Martello Tower. The Railway Viaduct, a strong visual landmark in Balbriggan, was built in 1844, as part of the Dublin to Drogheda railway The restoration of Bremore Castle which is underway serves as a reminder of the wonderful heritage of the town. Ardgillen Castle and Demesne is close-by and offers visitors magnificent views of the Irish Sea.
Balbriggan is a rapidly expanding town which has experienced significant residential and commercial development over the past 10 years. It enjoys excellent transport links and is situated very close to the M1 Motorway which runs along the east of the country and the Dublin - Belfast train line runs through the centre of the town.