Cluain an Róistigh
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Clonroche (Irish: Cluain an Róistigh, meaning "Roches' pasture") is a village in County Wexford, Ireland. It is located approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Enniscorthy and approximately 25 km (16 mi) east of New Ross, on the N30 national primary route.
From the mid-17th century until the early 20th century, the village of Clonroche was located on the large estate owned by the Carew family of nearby Ballyboro (later renamed Castleboro). From the 18th century onwards, their seat was Castleboro House, and a notable head of this family was Robert Carew (1787–1856).
Rev. James Bentley Gordon, who was Protestant rector of Killegney in 1798, wrote an account of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and also wrote an account of the parishes of Killegney and Chapel that appeared in William Shaw Mason's 'Statistical Account or Parochial Survey of Ireland', printed in 1814.
A later author, Patrick Kennedy, was also closely connected with Clonroche and the surrounding area, and wrote widely about both. Kennedy's book, the 'Banks of the Boro' was written in 1856. The 'Boro' is a small river that flows through the nearby countryside.
Clonroche is located in the Roman Catholic parish of Cloughbawn, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns. Cloughbawn R.C. Parish church is located at the edge of the village of Clonroche. Poulpeasty, 5 km away, is also in the R.C. parish of Cloughbawn, and has its own R.C. church and curate.
Cloughbawn in Irish means "the white rock" and the village is situated at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains. The village is close to surrounding townlands, predominately Poulpeasty, Castleboro, Ballyboro, Rathturtin, Tominearly, Meelgarrow, Raheen, and Rathfardon, which stretches to the borders of Adamstown and Rathnure parishes.
There is also a Protestant church located about a kilometre from the village of Clonroche at Killegney. This is a Church of Ireland (C.O.I.) church. Killegney C.O.I. church was formerly part of the C.O.I. parish of Killegney, but today it is part of the United Parishes of Killegney, Rossdroit, Killane and Templeshanbo 
Clonroche is a busy little village with Greenes and Larkin's local stores along with Judes and Doyles pubs. The local creamery provides services and products for the large agricultural community. Local produce includes potatoes, strawberries, cereals, dairy products and pumpkins.
The local GAA Club is Cloughbawn GAA Club. The local hurling team competes at senior level, most recently representing the club in the Wexford County Final against local rivals Rathnure in 2002. The club has been home to many accomplished hurlers such as Tim Flood and his son Sean, Larry Murphy, Thomas Harrington, Michael (Ignorance) Kavanagh and Seamus Walsh.
The local historian is the energetic Tom MacDonald. Tom is also the editor of the Clonroche notes for the Echo Newspaper. Clonroche is a popular location for an annual steam rally.
References & footnotes
- Irish Census of Population 2006 (PDF file).
- A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press
- Chapel is an adjoining area.
- Cloughbawn RC church. Accessed 2008-09-28.
- Killegney C.O.I. church. Accessed 2008-09-28.
- The Church Of Ireland United Parishes. Accessed 2008-09-28
- Killane and Killegney Union. Accessed 2008-09-28
- Longfield, A. K. (ed.). The Shapland Carew Papers. Dublin: Stationery Office, 1946.