rangecon is a village of about 200 people situated halfway between Baltinglass and Dunlavin in West Wicklow and in between the N9 (Dublin-Waterford) and N81 (Dublin-Baltinglass) roads. It is an area of mixed agriculture and has a lot of bloodstock activity including the breeding and training of racehorses. There are many stud farms and training yards throughout the locality.
There is not much in the way of industry in the area but arts and crafts are well represented with painters, sculptors, potters and ornamental ironworkers active in the locality. Many of the local population travel to neighbouring towns to work and some commute to Dublin, which is about 50 km away. Local employment is mainly in agriculture, bloodstock, horticulture and construction and related industries.
The village is well serviced for it's size and boasts two local pubs, one of which also serves as the local grocery store, as well as a small café and a post office. There is a small two teacher national school but secondary education is available in several schools in all the nearby towns. A recently constructed Catholic church stands in the centre of the village while there is a Church Of Ireland church at Ballynure a short distance away.
The area is rich in history and has been populated for many thousands of years with many iron age sites in evidence throughout the surrounding countryside as well as early Christian and pre Christian sites. There was local involvement in the rebellion of 1798 and other events of historical significance.
There is plenty of sporting activity in the hinterland with many fine golf courses within easy reach (See our golf page) and you will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with many excellent hotels and guesthouses about. The village also boasts a very successful boxing club and there is hurling and football training for the schoolchildren.
All in all Grangecon is a very good place to live.