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Bealach an Tirialaigh
The Village Green, Tyrrellspass
The Village Green, Tyrrellspass
Tyrrellspass is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°23′20″N 7°22′38″W / 53.388921°N 7.377323°W / 53.388921; -7.377323Coordinates: 53°23′20″N 7°22′38″W / 53.388921°N 7.377323°W / 53.388921; -7.377323
CountyCounty Westmeath
71 m (233 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN414377

Tyrrellspass (Irish: Bealach an Tirialaigh, IPA:[ˈbʲaləxˈanˠˈtʲɪɾʲiəliː]) is a Georgian village in County Westmeath, Ireland. It is 81 kilometres (50 mi) from Dublin, in the south of the county on the R446 (formerly the N6) road. Tyrrellspass won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1969. As of the census in April 2016, the population of Tyrrellspass was 483.[1]


The origins of the village settlement lie in the Nine Years' 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 one survived.[2] There is a historic castle on the edge of the town, built by Richard 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.[citation needed]

The village has a distinctive green and crescent of houses, including the Church of Ireland church and what was previously the court house, which was redeveloped c. 1820 under the patronage of Jane MacKey, Countess of Belvedere (d. 1836). The Catholic Church of St. Stephen is located across from Tyrrellspass Castle and the Church of Ireland church is St. Sinian's.

The Belvedere Protestant Children's Orphanage operated in Tyrellspass from 1842 until 1943.[citation needed]

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. Local legend has it[better source needed] that Michael Collins stayed in this house, the home of the Malones, who still[when?] occupy it. The RIC attempted to capture the house three times. 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.[citation needed]


The local Gaelic football team, Tyrrellspass GAA, team won the Westmeath Senior Football Championship in 1999, 2006 and defended their title in 2007. In the 2007 Leinster Club Football Championship they progressed as far as the final, where they were beaten by the eventual All Ireland Club champions St. Vincents of Dublin.[citation needed]

The village also has a golf course, New Forest Golf Resort,[3] which is located a mile outside the village. It is designed by golf course designer Peter McEvoy.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Tyrrellspass (Ireland) Census Town". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ "History: The Battle of Tyrrellspass".
  3. ^ "New Forest Golf Club".
  4. ^ "New Forest Golf Resort".

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