Dunshaughlin is named after Secundinus or Seachnall, a disciple of St. Patrick who founded a church on the site in the 6th century which provides an ideal starting point for venturing into the historic countryside.
Dunshaughlin is a relatively compact town with an excellent array of facilities. Amenities in Dunshaughlin which are within reach of The Willows site include Supervalu, Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank, Post Office, Library, the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at Killeen Castle. The town has a primary Gaelscoil and St. Seachnails National School and there is one secondary school. There are also a number of eateries within the village.