Raheen, County Laois

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An Ráithín
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Raheen is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°57′55″N 7°22′11″W / 52.96527°N 7.36983°W / 52.96527; -7.36983Coordinates: 52°57′55″N 7°22′11″W / 52.96527°N 7.36983°W / 52.96527; -7.36983
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Laois
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S426904

Raheen (Irish: An Ráithín, meaning "little ringfort") is a small village in County Laois south of Portlaoise in Ireland


Raheen has an imposing Catholic church, dating from 1857. The first Catholic church, a thatched chapel, was built in 1729; the site was granted by a Protestant family named Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin granted the land after seeing poor Catholics assembled at Mass in a deep pit, which is called The Mass Pit even to the present time.

The grave-yard in the village marks the site of the old thatched chapel.


  • There is one primary school, Tobar an Léinn, located in the area. [1]


  • Colt GAA club and Raheen F.C are the local gaelic football, hurling and soccer clubs.


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[1] Chetwood's Tour through Ireland, p. 163.