Moate (/mt/; Irish: An Móta)[2] is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland.


An Móta
Main Street, Moate
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53.395434°N 7.720556°W / 53.395434; -7.720556
CountyCounty Westmeath
Dáil ÉireannLongford–Westmeath
  Total1.943 km2 (0.750 sq mi)
72 m (236 ft)
  Density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code+353(0)90
Irish Grid ReferenceN182383

The name An Móta is derived from the term motte-and-bailey, as the Normans built an example of this type of fortification here. The earthwork is still visible behind the buildings on the main street.

The town later became an important marketplace and Quaker village. It has made the town much more wealthy. There are several extant examples of Quaker houses on the main street, which itself is typical of an Irish marketplace.


Moate is on the Cloghatanny River, also known as the Moate Stream, which is a tributary of the River Brosna. The confluence between the Cloghatanny and Brosna is 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) to the southeast of Moate.[3]

The town is on the R446 road between Kinnegad and Athlone. Before July 2008, this was the N6 road, a national primary route, and Moate was a serious traffic bottleneck. The new M6 motorway bypasses the town.


Moate is a growing town with an amenity and heritage park, a greenway running through the town, golf club, tennis courts, astro turf pitch, a pastoral centre and a community centre. There are also many businesses such as supermarkets, petrol stations, a post office, a bike shop, hairdressers, clothes shops, a sports shop, a pharmacy, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and a hotel. Many new building ventures have taken place in recent years, including a complex of apartments and shops at the site of the old Convent of Mercy on Station Road.

Culture and heritage

The local Gaelic football club is the Moate All Whites. The club's name and playing kit colours are based on the white religious habits worn by the Carmelite White Friars, a long established Moate institution.

Tuar Ard Arts Centre is a Community lead project which opened its doors in October 2000. The Centre strives to develop an awareness of and provide as broad a range of visual and performing art forms through creative artistic programming incorporating professional / non-professional activities so that the involvement of all age groups can be expanded and enriched through participation in and access to the arts. It holds a 173 tiered seating auditorium.

Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park is a community park located on the outskirts of the town, encompassing ecology, play, heritage, arts and education. The park comprises the Scéal Exhibition in the Comhaltas Teach Cheoil, heritage trail, sensory garden, pet farm, walking trails, native Irish woodland, turlough, playground and tea rooms.[4]

The former gaol, part of the old courthouse, now contains a small museum housing artefacts found in the area dating from the Stone Age through to the modern era. The main building of the old courthouse has been renovated into a public library.

A 17th Century ruined Quaker Meetinghouse stands in the centre of the town, the Church of St. Patrick serves as the Catholic parish church and the Church of St. Mary is the local Church of Ireland church. A second Catholic Church, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, stands to the north of the town.[5]



Bus Éireann and Irish Citylink operate DublinGalway bus routes that service Moate.[6][7]

Dublin to Galway Cycleway

The Mullingar (West) to Garrycastle (Athlone East) section of the Dublin-Galway Greenway (cycleway) was opened on 3 October 2015 by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Moate.[8] The cycleway links Moate to Athlone and Mullingar on a 3m wide 40 km long cycleway.

The disused Moate railway station was built by the Midland Great Western Railway to connect Dublin and Galway and opened on 1 August 1851. It closed for goods traffic on 2 December 1974, and closed for passenger traffic on 27 January 1987.[9] Parts of the film The First Great Train Robbery (1979)[10] were filmed on the local railway. The train station depicted as "Ashford" is actually Moate Station.


Climate data for Moate, Westmeath
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
Average low °C (°F) −3.1
Source: The Weather Channel[11]


Moate has two primary schools: St. Brigid's Primary School on Station Road, formerly known as Convent Primary School, is co-educational and was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1861.[12] The other is St. Oliver Plunkett Boys' Primary School on Lake Road.

The town secondary school is Moate Community School on Church Street. A new building opened in the school in 2002 containing a gymnasium, four new science laboratories, a home economics room, art room, lecture hall, technical drawing classroom and an oratory as well as general classrooms and offices. It has approximately 1,000 students (including Moate Business College) and a staff of 72. Moate Business College, which is a PLC college, provides courses including performance arts and information technology.[13]

Patrick Kelly Memorial Park

A memorial park opened in December 2008, named after the only Irish soldier to die in combat in Ireland since the end of the Irish Civil War. On 16 December 1983, Patrick Kelly, who was from Moate, was attempting to free American businessman Don Tidey, who had been kidnapped by the Irish Republican Army. Along with Garda recruit Gary Sheehan, he was killed in a shoot-out with IRA gunmen at Derrada Woods in Ballinamore, County Leitrim.[14]

Notable people


  1. Central Statistics Office. Retrieved: 2017-07-23.
  2. Moate Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-12-30.
  3. Inspectors Report on a Waste Water Discharge Licence Application Environmental Protection Agency, 2010-05-27.
  4. "Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park - Home". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  6. Bus timetable: Dublin (and airport)–Galway route Archived 2012-10-25 at the Wayback Machine Bus Éireann. Retrieved: 2012-12-30.
  7. "Bus timetable: Dublin (and airport)–Galway route" (PDF). City Link. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-19.
  8. Mullingar to Garrycastle Cycleway opening - Galway to Dublin Cycleway website, October 2015.
  9. "Moate station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  10. Filming locations for The Great Train Robbery Internet Movie Database. Retrieved: 2012-12-30.
  11. "Moate, Ireland Monthly Weather Forecast". Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  12. St. Brigid's Primary School Retrieved: 2013-08-09.
  13. "About MBC – Moate Business College". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  14. Town honours murdered soldier Irish Times, 2008-12-17.
  15. E. M. Allingham; S. D. Bassingthwaighte. "White, William Duckett (1807–1893)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre for Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
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