Tubberclare or Tubberclair (Irish: Tobar Chláir) is a place in County Westmeath, Ireland, between Ballymahon and Athlone. It lies 9 km (6 mi) from Athlone, on the N55 national secondary road, and 2 km (1 mi) north of Glasson.
Location in Ireland
|Coordinates: 53°29′39″N 7°51′19″W|
|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (WET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-1 (IST (WEST))|
|Irish Grid Reference||N096493|
Tubberclair is a large parish and townland with a population of approximately 1000 people, including the villages of Glasson and Ballykeeran. It borders Lough Ree on the Westmeath side and is reputed to be the geographical centre of Ireland with a monument depicting this in the heart of the parish.
Toberclare is the legal spelling of the name in English.
It is home to a primary school, community centre, heritage centre, shops, pubs, restaurants and many small businesses including marinas. It is also home to Tubberclair Gaelic football club which boasts a rich history in county Westmeath and has provided many county players over the years. It is also home to the Glasson Golf Hotel and Country Club, with a course designed by Christy O'Connor Jnr that borders Lough Ree. The centre of Ireland is believed to be the Pinnacle, in Rath, a region of Tubberclair.
Meaning of Tobar Chláir
The exact meaning of Tobar Chláir in Irish is uncertain. While the first element refers to a well, the second element Clár may refer to a board. Alternatively, it could mean the well of the plain, as Tubberclare is a largely flat, fertile plain.
- O'Donovan, John (1837). The Well of the Board. Ordnance Survey Namebooks.