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Tigh na hÉille
Dwyer Square Former Market House, at left, is now a public library
Dwyer Square
Former Market House, at left, is now a public library
Tinahely is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°48′00″N 6°28′00″W / 52.800000°N 6.466667°W / 52.800000; -6.466667Coordinates: 52°48′00″N 6°28′00″W / 52.800000°N 6.466667°W / 52.800000; -6.466667
CountyCounty Wicklow
116 m (381 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceT033731
St. Kevin's Church, Kilavaney

Tinahely (Irish: Tigh na hÉille, meaning "House of Éille") is a village in County Wicklow in Ireland. It is a market town in the valley of the Derry River, a tributary of the River Slaney.

Location and access[edit]

It is located on the R747 road which links the west Wicklow town of Baltinglass with Arklow on the east coast. The village is situated near the southern point of the Wicklow Way which winds through the Wicklow Mountains. The River Derry runs through the village. In the census of 2011, the population was recorded at 970, although there were 1537 people in the Tinahely electoral division.


The town of Tinahely is part of the civil parish of Kilcommon in the ancient barony of Ballinacor South.[2] Most of the village dates from the early part of the 19th century as it was rebuilt by Lord Fitzwilliam after it was burnt during the 1798 rebellion. The Fiztwilliam family lived in nearby Coolattin House. The Coollattin estate once comprised 88,000 acres (360 km2), had 20,000 tenants and occupied almost a quarter of County Wicklow.[3]

Parish church[edit]

Tinahely is unusual in that there is no Church in the village. St. Kevin's church lies 2 km to the east of the village in the townland of Kilaveny overlooking the valley of the Derry stream. The church was erected in 1843 when it replaced another structure located in the adjacent townland of Whitefield which had been burned down on November 11, 1798 by Yeomen soldiers in reprisal for local activity during the 1798 Rebellion. The Whitefield church was replaced by a temporary wooden structure until the erection of St. Kevin's church. The original structure had been erected during the Penal Laws in 1700 and was cruciform in style with two trancepts and a nave. Nothing now remains of the original church except for the cemetery that was attached to it. No burials have taken place in the cemetery since the mid 1900s. In the Jubilee Year 2000, parishioners erected a carved commemorative limestone marker on the site of the original church, in the present Whitefield Cemetery, setting out the above history.

Marker to Whitefield Cemetery,
Kilaveny parish.
Commemorative marker, Whitefield cemetery with carved history of the original parish church.

Tinahely today[edit]

Amenities and facilities[edit]

  • The Courthouse Arts Centre, Dwyer Square, formerly the civil courthouse building. The Centre hosts musical performances, artist exhibitions, play and film screenings. The building was restored by a committee of local people with help from FÁS.
  • Public library, Dwyer Square, formerly the town market house.
  • Walking route along the line of a former railway. It leads from Tinahely to Tomnafinnoge Oak Wood in the nearby town of Shillelagh.
  • Three new circular waymarked trails were opened in 2010. Tinahely is also close to the Wicklow Way, one of Ireland's most popular long-distance trails.
  • The Tinahely Agricultural Show takes place annually on the first Monday of August (a bank holiday in the Republic). The one-day Show is held at Fairwood Park and has been running for over 70 years.
  • Community Center located on grounds of original national school on School Road.
  • St. Kevin's Church, Kilavaney, (Roman Catholic).
  • St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Crossbridge (a sub-parish of Kilaveney), (Roman Catholic).
  • Kilcommon Church, Parish of Crosspatrick and Carnew Group, (Church of Ireland).


Tinahely GAA club was established in 1886. The club plays in St Kevin's Park which opened in May 1978. The club colours are red and white. In 1984 the club became the first club from Wicklow to reach the final of the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship but was beaten by St Vincents GAA.[4]

The local Triathlon club run a Duathlon every year on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday.

Motor Club[edit]

Classic and Vintage Motor enthusiasts are catered for by the recently set up West Wicklow Classic & Vintage Vehicles Club ( www.westwicklowclassics.com ) which boasts a number of members in the area.


Rail transport[edit]

  • Tinahely railway station opened on 22 May 1865, closed for passenger and goods traffic on 24 April 1944 and finally closed altogether on 20 April 1945.[5]

Bus transport[edit]

The Wicklow Way bus service serves Tinahely on a daily basis (must be booked in advance) and links with Dublin trains at Rathdrum railway station.[6] Bus Éireann route 132 (Rosslare Europort - Dublin serves Tinahely on Thursdays once in each direction linking to Baltinglass, Tallaght, Carnew and Wexford.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tinahely Legal Town Results". Central Statistics Office. 2011.
  2. ^ [ https://www.logainm.ie/2697.aspx Placenames Database of Ireland] - civil parish of Kilcommon
  3. ^ Keenan, Mark (01-06-2003). "Ireland: Tunnel vision brings history to life". The Times. Retrieved 2010-06-09. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Club Website
  5. ^ "Tinahely station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  6. ^ http://wicklowwaybus.com/
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-07-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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