Rathconrath (barony)

Rathconrath (Irish: Ráth Conarta),[1] previously the barony of Rathcomyrta, before that Daltons country,[2] is a barony in the west of County Westmeath, in the Republic of Ireland. It was formed by 1542.[3] It is bordered by County Longford to the north–west and five other Westmeath baronies: Moygoish to the north, Moyashel and Magheradernon to the east, Moycashel and Clonlonan to the south and Kilkenny West to the west. Note that the village of Rathconrath is not synonymous with the barony of the same name.

Rathconrath

Ráth Conarta
Location of Rathconrath on a map of Westmeath
Rathconrath
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°30′18″N 7°36′16″W
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
CountyWestmeath
Area
  Total194.5 km2 (75.1 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN262506

Geography

Rathconrath has an area of 48,068 acres (194.52 km2).[3] Uisneach hill rises to 182 metres (597 ft).

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
Ballymore An Baile Mór
Ballymorin Baile Mhóirín
Churchtown Baile an Teampaill
Conry Cónra
Dysart An Díseart
Killare Cill Áir
Piercetown Baile Phiarais
Rathconrath Ráth Conarta
Templepatrick Teampall Phádraig

Towns, villages and townlands

  • Ballymore, a village on the R390 regional road between Athlone and Mullingar.
  • Dysart, a village on the R391
  • Loughanavally, a village at the junction of the R389 and the R390
  • Moyvore, a village on the R392 regional road.
  • Moyvoughly, a small village
  • Rathconrath, a village situated on the R392 regional road 12 km (7.5 mi) west of Mullingar.

There are 162 townlands in the barony of Rathconrath.[3]

Places of interest

  • Hill of Uisneach (Irish: Cnoc Uisnigh), an ancient ceremonial site consisting of a set of monuments and earthworks spread over two square kilometres, in folklore the centre of Ireland.

References

  1. Rathconrath The Placenames Database of Ireland Retrieved 24 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. "Rathconrath". townlands.ie. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. Civil parishes of the barony of Rathconrath. The Placenames Database of Ireland Retrieved 8 June 2015
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