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Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 53°34′01″N 8°15′11″W / 53.567°N 8.253°W / 53.567; -8.253Coordinates: 53°34′01″N 8°15′11″W / 53.567°N 8.253°W / 53.567; -8.253

Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Roscommon
Elevation 52 m (171 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 900
Irish Grid Reference M826577

Athleague (Irish: Áth Liag (na Sioca), meaning "ford of the flagstones")[2] is a town on the River Suck in the west of Ireland in County Roscommon, near the town of Roscommon.

Its church was founded sometime around 500 by Maenucan Atha Liacc ('Maonagán of Athleague'). The name is derived from Áth Liag ('the ford of the flagstones'), indicating its importance as a major crossing point between the kingdoms of the Uí Maine and Uí Briúin

It is on the junction of the N63 national route and the R357 regional road. The town has a mill and a restored church. The church is the local parish for the surrounding towns. It is mentioned a number of times in the Annals of Connacht, the Annals of Lough Cé and the Annals of the Four Masters.


There were two graveyards in the parish of Athleague, one in the townland of Coolaspaddaun and one in that of Monasternalea. Monasternalea is sometimes referred to as Abbeygrey.

Notable citizens

Townlands served by Athleague parish

  • Coalpits
  • Coolaspaddaun with its cemetery
  • Hollygrove
  • Monasternalea with its cemetery

Annalistic references

From the Annals of Inisfallen

  • AI993.2 A naval raid by Brian, and he reached Breifne from Loch Rí by way of Áth Liac northwards.

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland


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