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An Bábhun Nua
Newbawn is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°20′N 6°47′W / 52.34°N 6.78°W / 52.34; -6.78Coordinates: 52°20′N 6°47′W / 52.34°N 6.78°W / 52.34; -6.78
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Wexford
Population (2011)
 • Urban 184
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Area code(s) 051

Newbawn (Irish: An Bábhun Nua, meaning "the new enclosure") is a small village located in the southwest of County Wexford, in Ireland. It is located on the R735 regional road about 3 km (~2 miles) south of the N25 national primary road.


'Newbawn' in the Irish language is 'Bábhun Nua'. 'Nua' means 'New'. A 'Bábhun' is literally a walled enclosure. Often this is applied to the wall that encloses the yard surrounding a castle, though this may or may not be the meaning here. It can also mean an enclosure for cows.


There is a poorly preserved Portal tomb (sometimes called a Dolmen) located at Collopswell, near Newbawn,[1] which dates from the Neolithic period.

The area was controlled by the Devereux family of Adamstown and Ballymagir[2] for hundreds of years soon after the arrival of the Normans (1169). They acquired the area from the de Headon family[3] in the late 13th century. Newbawn was part of the 'Manor of Colpe', which in 1669 was granted to Robert Leigh of Rosegarland.[4]

After this time, and particularly throughout the 18th century, a family named Sweetman were very prominent in the Newbawn area.


Today, the village contains a shop and post office, a Pub, a Primary School (or National School (N.S.),[5] a Roman Catholic church and an adjoining cemetery.[6] The church was built in 1889. The local GAA Club is Adamstown GAA Club.

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References & footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See: Photo of Newbawn (or Collopswell) Portal Tomb.
  2. ^ Ballymagir was at a much later dated renamed 'Richfield'. It is located in southeast Co. Wexford, near the coast.
  3. ^ The name is now Hayden.
  4. ^ Brooks, Knights' Fees, p. 103 (footnote).
  5. ^ Newbawn N.S. Website.
  6. ^ Newbawn Parish Church.


  • Brooks, Eric St. John, Knights’ Fees in Counties Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny (13th-15th century). Dublin: Stationery Office, 1950.