Bealach an Tirialaigh
|Elevation||71 m (233 ft)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Irish Grid Reference||N414377|
Tyrrellspass (Irish: Bealach an Tirialaigh) is a Georgian village in County Westmeath, Ireland. It is located 81 kilometres (50 mi) from Dublin and is situated in the south of the county on the R446 (formerly the N6) road. Tyrrellspass won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1969.
The origins of the village settlement lie in the Nine Year's War (1594-1603), also called Tyrone's Rebellion. In 1597 there was a battle in Tyrrellspass and the Irish, between 300 and 400 strong and led by Richard Tyrrell, attacked and defeated the English army. Out of 1,000 English troops only two survived. There is a historic castle on the edge of the town, built by Tyrrell, a chief ally of Aodh Mór Ó Néill in the Nine Years' War. It is the only remaining castle of the Tyrrells, who came to Ireland around the time of the Norman Invasion.
The village has a distinctive green and crescent of houses, including the Church of Ireland church and what was previously the court house, that was redeveloped under the patronage of Jane, Countess of Belvedere, c.1820. The Catholic Church of St. Stephen is located across from Tyrrellspass Castle.
During the 1916 Easter Rising, some rebels barricaded a house in Meedin, Tyrrellspass, with the intention of waiting for reinforcements and then attacking surrounding police barracks. The RIC attempted to capture the house on three occasions. Twice they were repelled with gunfire, before they eventually succeeded on the Wednesday after Easter week, and arrested the two remaining rebels Thomas and Joseph Malone. They were the last two men captured under arms during the Rising.
Tyrrellspass has an excellent GAA senior football team. The team won the Westmeath Senior Championship in 2006 and defended their title in 2007. In the 2007-2008 Leinster Championship they progressed as far as the final, where they were beaten by the eventual All Ireland Club champions St. Vincents of Dublin.
The Village also boasts a popular golf course. New Forest Golf Resort is located a mile outside the village.
Father Ray Kelly