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An Tom Gearrtha
Cutbush is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°07′22″N 6°49′50″W / 53.12278°N 6.83056°W / 53.12278; -6.83056Coordinates: 53°07′22″N 6°49′50″W / 53.12278°N 6.83056°W / 53.12278; -6.83056
CountyCounty Kildare
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Cutbush or Cut Bush (Irish: An Tom Gearrtha)[1] is a village in County Kildare, Ireland, south of The Curragh and east of Kildare town. It is situated in the civil parish of Ballysax,[2] which had a population of 342 as of the 2016 census.[3]


The village is situated at a crossroads that includes Vaughan's pub, known as "The Bush", a "Daybreak" shop and St. Brigid's National School.[4] School bus services are available to Newbridge Educate Together Primary School, to the adjacent Gaelscoil Chill Dara, both located on the edge of The Curragh in Newbridge town and to secondary schools in Kildare town.[citation needed]

History and architecture[edit]

Cutbush was known as Cearna as recently as the mid 19th century, with some Irish reportedly still spoken there at that time.[5]

The village is home to two buildings previously used as national schools, including an early Board of Works design for the Board of Education, located on the Cutbush Road, constructed in the 1920s,[6] as well as an early primary school building dating from the 1830s, now renovated as a private home.[7] Cutbush has also retained (in its original location) a manual waterpump dating from c.1900 that supplied the village with a communal water source.[8]


Cutbush has a soccer team, Bush Celtic Soccer Club, which plays in the Kildare & District Football League.[9] Suncroft GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club, and has adult and children's sections. Suncroft also has a running club, known as the Suncroft Athletics Club.[10] The village is close to The Curragh, where there are horse riding lessons, the Curragh Golf Club and facilities at the Curragh Camp including circuit training sessions (open to the public) and a members swimming pool (possible to join as a local resident).[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

The village's name features in a song by Christy Moore called "Welcome to the Cabaret" - the quote being[11]

"Well there’s people here upon my word from every corner of the world
Portarlington Portlaoise and Tullamore
From Two Mile House and Poulaphouca
From Blacktrench, Cutbush and Boolea
Such a crowd I’ve never seen before"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "An Tom Gearrtha/Cut Bush". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Townlands in Ballysax". Townlands Ireland. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  3. ^ "SAPmap Area - Settlements - Ballysax". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ "St Brigid's National School, Ballysax, Co Kildare - €1000 Grant Winner". Version 1 Community Trust. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2018 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Dublin Irish: Specimens of North Kildare Irish". dublingaelic. Dubh Linn. 8 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Saint Brigid's National School (former), Cut Bush, County Kildare". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Cut Bush National School (former), Cut Bush, County Kildare". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Pump, Cut Bush, County Kildare". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Club Listing". Kildare & District Football League. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Suncroft Athletics Club, Co. Kildare, Ireland". Suncroft Athletics. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Welcome To The Cabaret". Christy Moore. 10 May 2012.