Rosemount, County Westmeath

Rosemount, historically called Ballybrickoge[1] (Irish: Baile an Bhric Óig), is a village in County Westmeath, Ireland. It is located 5 km northeast of the town of Moate.

Rosemount

Baile an Bhric Óig
Village
Rosemount
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°26′01″N 7°38′15″W
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
CountyCounty Westmeath
Government
  Dáil ÉireannLongford–Westmeath
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN241426

The village

Rosemount village consists of a pub, primary school, church and community centre. The community committee holds a harvest fair every year, weather permitting, in the community centre and the event draws large crowds. The national school has been recently renovated with the addition of a new play yard, three new classrooms, a new computer room and a gym. Rosemount has a very proud and successful GAA club also. With 9 senior county titles, they are one of the most successful in Westmeath.

Located close to the southwest border of the ancient Barony of Moycashel, it was a stronghold of a prominent branch of the Geoghegan (Mag Eochagain) sept of the Southern UI Neill. Like other Geoghegans in Moycashel, and wider Westmeath, they lost most of their prized grazing land and lake fisheries to the Cromwellian and Williamite settlers (both undertakers and officers) after the Down Survey. Many of the Geoghegan family ancestors are interred in the mortuary chapel at Kill.

Archaeology

In 1932 Harvard Archaeological Society excavated a Bronze Age cairn (cemetery) with the remains of 44 graves from the sixth century on top of Knockastia (or Cnoc Aiste), which at 200 m (656 ft) is one of the highest points in County Westmeath.

Music industry

Rosemount has a recording studio called Grouse Lodge where musicians such as Paddy Casey, Morrissey, Muse, Snow Patrol and the Manic Street Preachers have recorded. Rosemount and Grouse Lodge appeared on US entertainment show Access Hollywood in November 2006, featuring an on-site interview with Michael Jackson who was spending some time there recording a new album.

Sport

A book detailing the history of Rosemount G.A.A. and District was published in 1989, "The Black and Amber Story". Rosemount is proud of its Gaelic footballers. Many individuals from the parish have played for Westmeath at all age levels, up to the present day. With nine Senior County titles, the club rates as one of the best in Westmeath despite the recent downturn in fortunes. As a rural club, development of young players has traditionally been important and this has resulted in a large number of successes in under-age finals, particularly in the 1970s.

After a 16-year spell out of the Senior grade, which they won last in 1989, Rosemount won the Westmeath Intermediate Football Championship in 2016, and will return to Senior Competition in the 2017 Westmeath Senior Football Championship.

See also

References

  1. Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
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