Prosperous spinning settlement

Prosperous (An Chorrchoill) in County Kildare was a cotton-spinning settlement, established, with philanthropic motives, by Robert Brooke in 1780. It lies on the Bog of Allen, in the very centre of Ireland. Its inhabitants supported the cause of the United Irishmen in the rising against British rule in 1798, when it was the scene of fierce fighting. Brooke’s enterprise collapsed, and in 1837 Prosperous was described as ‘little more than a pile of ruins’. The village survived as a local service centre however, and a terrace bearing the date 1780 and a memorial to the dead of 1798, remain to the north of the unbending road across the Bog of Allen from Clane to Allenwood.

Prosperous spinning settlement
Co Kildare