The Commons is divided into two distinct areas by a wide pass. The first
area of approximately one hundred acres is due north of the village while
the second much smaller area is called the East or Off Commons.
Much of the village of Duleek is situated in the towniand of Commons.
The land, which is predominantly marshy, is of significant interest because
it contains a rich variety of plant and wild-bird species. Local people
had traditional rights to graze their livestock and geese. The Paramadda
river, which rises in Thomastown bog, passes through the village and through
the North Commons to join the River Nanny
at Duleek Bridge just south of the village.
the Robber, an alleged highwayman who attained notoriety during the early
19th century, is associated with the Commons. He was a Robin Hood-type
character who was born in Bellewstown in 1780 and used the Commons on
occasion as a hideout. Folklore has it that he attended a wedding in the
area while a substantial sum was on his head. His first steps in crime
were when he helped a young woman free her father and three brothers who
had been arrested for horse-thieving. From here he progressed to mail
coach robberies. He escaped hanging by being transported to Australia.
Much folklore has built up around Collier.