Moycashel (Irish: Maigh Chaisil),[1] previously the barony of Rossaughe, before that, Delamares country,[2] is a barony in south County Westmeath, in the Republic of Ireland. It was formed by 1542.[3] It is bordered by three other baronies: Clonlonan to the west, Rathconrath to the north, Moyashel and Magheradernon to the north-east and Fartullagh to the west. The largest population centre is Kilbeggan.


Maigh Chaisil
Location of Moycashel on a map of Westmeath
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°23′51″N 7°30′26″W
  Total198.2 km2 (76.5 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN328386


Moycashel has an area of 48,965.4 acres (198.156 km2).[3] The barony contains a part of the south–west end of Lough Ennell and the River Brosna flows through Kilbeggan before it connects to the River Shannon.

The M6 motorway passes through the barony to the south of Kilbeggan and (together with the M4) links Dublin with Galway.

The N52, a national secondary road passes through Kilbeggan linking the M7 motorway from just south of Nenagh, County Tipperary to the M1 motorway north of Dundalk in County Louth.

The R446 regional road (the old N6) runs through Kilbeggan and roughly parallel to the M6, also connecting Dublin with Galway.

In addition the R389 (linking Kilbeggan to the R392 near Moyvore) and the R391 (linking Clara, County Offaly to Mullingar, County Westmeath) pass through the barony.

Civil parishes of the barony

This table[4] lists an historical geographical sub-division of the barony known as the civil parish (not to be confused with an Ecclesiastical parish).

Name in English Name in Irish
Ardnurcher or Horseleap Baile Átha an Urchair
Castletownkindalen Baile an Chaisleáin
Durrow Darú
Dysart An Díseart
Kilbeggan Cill Bheagáin
Kilcumreragh Cill Chruimthir Fhiachrach
Newtown An Baile Nua
Rahugh Ráth Aodha

Towns, villages and townlands

There are 171 townlands in the barony of Moycashel.[3]

Buildings and other places of note


  1. Barony of Moycashel The Placenames Database of Ireland Retrieved 31 May 2015
  2. Irish Act 34 Henry VIII c.1; see Henry VIII Part 3. State Papers. 2. Murray. 1834. p. 7,fn.14.
  3. Moycashel Retrieved 31 May 2015
  4. Civil parishes of the barony of Moycashel. The Placenames Database of Ireland Retrieved 8 Jun 2015
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