Suí an Róin

Shinrone on the R491, County Offaly

Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 52°56′N 7°55′W / 52.94°N 7.92°W / 52.94; -7.92Coordinates: 52°56′N 7°55′W / 52.94°N 7.92°W / 52.94; -7.92
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Offaly
Elevation 66 m (217 ft)
Population (2011)
  Urban 634
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
  Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S049923

Shinrone (Irish: Suí an Róin, meaning "seat of the seal"[1]) is a village in County Offaly, Ireland. It lies at the junction of the R491 regional road between Nenagh and Roscrea where it is joined by the R492 to Sharavogue.[2] According to the 2006 census the population is 591 persons.


American President Barack Obama's earliest known relative, Joseph Kearney, whose family subsequently moved to Moneygall and who would become the President's 7th great-grandfather, was from Shinrone where the Kearney family lived and died for four generations. Research from Trinity college shows this to be the President's earliest known relative.[3]

Irish-born soldier, physician, and politician Edward Hand was born in Clyduff, King's County (now County Offaly) on 31 December 1744 and baptised in Shinrone. Hand served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of Major-General, and later was a member of several Pennsylvania governmental bodies.[4]

Buildings of note

Whilst there are other buildings of architectural interest in and around Shinrone, the following are featured on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage website[5]

In Fiction

Shinrone is named in the Pogues song Broad Majestic Shannon.

Arlo Guthrie's visit to Shinrone is mentioned in Tim Winton's novel The Riders - shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1995. A character in the novel overhears locals in the small Irish village of Shinrone, recount the night Arlo Guthrie came to play. The actual event occurred in February 1988, when Arlo played the local hall in Shinrone, County Offaly. The concert was organised by a local postman, Tom Stapleton.

See also


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