County Westmeath, Ireland Genealogy

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County Westmeath is sometimes referred to as “The Lake County” due to the abundance of lakes, streams and other waterways in the county. This inland county is part of the midlands and is in the province of Leinster . It is the twenty-third largest in Ireland and the twenty-second in population. The County name is derived from the Gaelic ‘An Lar Mhi’, meaning west of Meath. The lands were once part of County Meath, but were separated into Westmeath in 1543.

Westmeath’s length is 43 1/2 miles from Athlone to the boundary point southeast of Clon-mellon and it is 26 miles in breadth from the river Inny, near Ballynacarrigy, to the boundary near Rahugh. The area is 710.1 square miles (1,839.0 sq km).

Prior to the arrival of St. Patrick, the count was the gathering place for the High Kings of Ireland. The Normans arrived about 1170 and built many castles and forts. The county was centrally involved in the 1641 rebellion and was active in the Williamite wars. Most of the Irish or Norman landholders lost their land following the 1641 rebellion.

In 1821, the County’s population was 28,819 and increased to 141,300 in 1841. During the Great Famine of 1845-1847, the population decreased until it was 111,407 in 1851. The population continued to decrease to 56,818 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 79,346. County Westmeath is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1891, the percentage of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist was 92.2%, 6.9%, 0.4% and 0.3%. Overtime, the Roman Catholics percentage has stayed about the same as 91.6% in 2006, while the Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists decreased to 2.4%, 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, with other or no religions increasing to about 4.1%.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Westmeath is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Westmeath is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish Catholic Diocese
Ardnurcher or Horseleap Moycashel Mullingar

Ardnurcher or Horseleap Moycashel Tullamore
Ballyloughloe Clonlonan Athlone
Ballymore Rathconrath Athlone

Ballymore Rathconrath Ballymahon
Ballymorin Rathconrath Mullingar
Bunown Kilkenny West Athlone
Carrick Fartullagh Mullingar
Castlelost Fartullagh Mullingar
Castletowndelvin Delvin Castletowndelvin
Castletownkindalen Moycashel Mullingar

Castletownkindalen Rathconrath Mullingar
Clonarney Delvin Castletowndelvin
Clonfad Fartullagh Mullingar
Conry Rathconrath Mullingar

Conry Rathconrath New Ross
Drumraney Kilkenny West Athlone

Drumraney Kilkenny West Ballymahon
Durrow Moycashel Tullamore
Dysart Moyashel and Magheradernon Mullingar

Dysart Moycashel Mullingar
Dysart Rathconrath Mullingar
Enniscoffey Fartullagh Mullingar
Faughalstown Fore Castletowndelvin

Faughalstown Fore Granard
Foyran Fore Granard
Kilbeggan Moycashel Tullamore
Kilbixy Moygoish Mullingar
Kilbride Fartullagh Mullingar
Kilcleagh Clonlonan Athlone
Kilcumny Delvin Castletowndelvin
Kilcumreragh Clonlonan Athlone

Kilcumreragh Moycashel Athlone
Kilkenny West Kilkenny West Athlone

Kilkenny West Kilkenny West Ballymahon
Killagh Delvin Castletowndelvin
Killare Rathconrath Ballymahon

Killare Rathconrath Mullingar
Killua Delvin Castletowndelvin
Killucan Delvin Castletowndelvin

Killucan Farbill Castletowndelvin
Killucan Farbill Mullingar
Killulagh Delvin Castletowndelvin
Kilmanaghan Moygoish Mullingar

Kilmanaghan Clonlonan Athlone
Kilpatrick Fore Castletowndelvin
Lackan Corkaree Mullingar
Leny Corkaree Mullingar
Lickbla Fore Castletowndelvin

Lickbla Fore Granard
Lynn Fartullagh Mullingar
Mayne Fore Granard
Moylisker Fartullagh Mullingar
Moyne Fore Granard
Mullingar Fartullagh Mullingar

Mullingar Moyashel and Magheradernon Mullingar
Multyfarnham Corkaree Mullingar
Newtown Fartullagh Mullingar

Newtown Moycashel Mullingar
Noughaval Kilkenny West Athlone

Noughaval Kilkenny West Ballymahon
Pass of Kilbride Fartullagh Mullingar
Piercetown Rathconrath Ballymahon

Piercetown Rathconrath Mullingar
Portloman Corkaree Mullingar
Portnashangan Corkaree Mullingar
Rahugh Moycashel Mullingar

Rahugh Moycashel Tullamore
Rathaspick Moygoish Granard

Rathaspick Moygoish Mullingar
Rathconnell Moyashel and Magheradernon Mullingar
Rathconrath Rathconrath Ballymahon

Rathconrath Rathconrath Mullingar
Rathgarve Fore Castletowndelvin

Rathgarve Fore Granard
Russagh Moygoish Granard

Russagh Moygoish Mullingar
St. Feighins Fore Castletowndelvin
St. Mary's Brawny Athlone

St. Mary's Fore Castletowndelvin
Stonehall Corkaree Mullingar
Street Moygoish Granard

Street Moygoish Mullingar
Taghmon Corkaree Mullingar
Templeoran Moygoish Mullingar
Templepatrick Rathconrath Ballymahon
Tyfarnham Corkaree Mullingar


1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor

 Web Sites

To view a list of Westmeath web sites, visit for some great sites.