Raheen, County Wexford

Raheen, County Wexford

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Raheen () is a townland and village in County Wexford, Ireland. It lies 27 km from Wexford, 11 km from New Ross, and 23 km from Enniscorthy.


The meaning of the name is reasonably clear. Raheen, in Irish An Ráithín (or simply Ráithín), means 'the little Rath or Ringfort'. A Rath or Ringfort was a fortified wooden human dwelling. Raheen is situated in the townland of 'Raheenarostia' or 'Rochestown' (both names are used). This implies that the full meaning of the name may be 'Roche's little Rath or Ringfort'.


For most of the Norman period, the area was controlled by the Howell family. They gave their name to nearby 'Courthoyle', where they had a chapel and castle.

During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, one of the main rebel camps was located at nearby 'Carrigbyrne Hill'.Dickson, The Wexford Rising in 1798, p. 119.

Formerly a R.C. church existed at Courthoyle, nearby to the village of Raheen. The current R.C. church of Raheen dates from 1814.

A Protestant church that once existed at the townland of Templeshelin (located about 1 km away) has since been demolished. This belonged to the former Church of Ireland (C.O.I.) parish of Adamstown. The adjacent cemetery is still in existence and contains some of the victims of the Scullabogue barn fire that took place during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, as well as a small number of other graves.


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