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

Áth Liag
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Athleague is located in Ireland
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
CountyCounty Roscommon
52 m (171 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceM826577

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 use as a crossing point between the kingdoms of the Uí Maine and Uí Briúin.

It is on the junction of the N63 national route and the R362 regional road. The R357 leaves the N63 south of the village. 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.

Townlands served by Athleague parishEdit

The parish serves the townlands in County Galway that abut with County Roscommon.

  • Coalpits in County Galway
  • Coolaspaddaun with its cemetery
  • Hollygrove in County Galway
  • Monasternalea with its cemetery

Annalistic referencesEdit

From the Annals of Inisfallen

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Athleague (Ireland) Census Town". Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Government of Ireland. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  3. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1883,' Biographical Sketch of Thomas Curley, pg. 487

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