Tigh Mochua

Approaching Timahoe from the southwest

Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 52°57′40″N 7°12′07″W / 52.961°N 7.202°W / 52.961; -7.202Coordinates: 52°57′40″N 7°12′07″W / 52.961°N 7.202°W / 52.961; -7.202
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Laois
Elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
  Total 527
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
  Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S534904
Door of 12th century Round Tower

Timahoe (Irish: Tigh Mochua: 'House of Mochua')[2] is a village in County Laois, Ireland, 12 km south of Portlaoise on the R426 regional road.


The village of Timahoe is situated in a broad and fertile valley. The houses are built around a large central green, known as the Goosegreen. Community facilities including the church, community hall and recycling area are all located south of the village centre.[3]

The Church, Castle and Round Tower

Saint Mochua established a monastery here in the 7th century. There are some early historical references to the site – a church was burned here in 919, while there was a murder in the doorway of another church in 1019. It was burned in 1142, and refounded by the O'Mores. There was a monastic community here as late as 1650.

The present fragmentary church has an inserted 15th century chancel arch – now blocked up – leading to the site of the altar.

The Round Tower was built in the mid 12th century and is one of the finest in Ireland. Standing 30m high, it is located near the centre of the village. The cap was rebuilt in the 19th century, but the tower is otherwise in its original condition. Its doorway, which is high off the ground and faced the doorway of the church, is elaborately decorated in the Romanesque style. It has four orders (rows of decoration receding into the doorway) two inside and two outside (see photo), separated by a narrow vaulted lobby. The capitals – the heads of the pillars of the doorway – are carved with human heads with intertwining hair.


The population of the area in 2002 was 517 people, a 2.6% increase since 1996. It has since increased to 527 in 2006.[3]


See also


  1. "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  2. "Tigh Mochua / Timahoe". Government of Ireland. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. 1 2 "Timahoe - Draft Village Plan, December 2007" (PDF). Laois County Council. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
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