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Rosenallis (historically Rossinallis, from Irish: Ros Fhionnghlaise, meaning "wood of the clear stream")[2] is a village in north County Laois, Ireland. It is in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains on the R422 Mountmellick to Birr road.[3]


Ros Fhionnghlaise
Rosenallis, County Offaly - 1825413.jpg
Rosenallis is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°08′N 7°24′W / 53.133°N 7.400°W / 53.133; -7.400Coordinates: 53°08′N 7°24′W / 53.133°N 7.400°W / 53.133; -7.400
CountyCounty Laois
 • Total440
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

In 2002, the population of the village's catchment area was 440 persons - representing an 8.9% increase in population since 1996.[1] The population increased to 469 by 2011.[4][failed verification]

Rosenallis is also important in the history of the Quaker movement, with William Edmundson, founder of the Quakers in Ireland, buried outside the village in the Friends graveyard.[3] In 1837 Samuel Lewis described the area writing; "In the Slieve Bloom Mountains are quarries of a soft white sandstone, which hardens when exposed to the air, and is susceptible of a high polish; it is in great demand throughout the country for chimney-pieces and hearth-stones; a coarser kind is used for flagging. Another peculiarity of these mountains is the fertility of their northern side, which is interspersed with neat farm-houses and cultivated enclosures to its summit, while its southern side is mostly a heathy waste. Iron ore was formerly raised, but is not now. There is a large tract of bog in this district, affording an abundant supply of fuel. Tillage is more attended to than grazing: there are but few flocks of sheep. The chief crops are potatoes, wheat, barley and oats."[5]

The village has two churches (Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland) as well as a village primary school, community centre and small shops, the village has two pubs, Shellys and Pooles Tavern. The secondary level schools serving the area are Clonaslee and Mountmellick. Every year usually in July the village hosts the "Festival Of The Mountain" which is situated in the Festival Field just outside the village.

Rosenallis GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club.

Rosenallis AFC is the local soccer club. It plays home games at its grounds "Johnsgrove".

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  1. ^ a b "Rosenallis Village Plan - December 2007" (PDF). Laois County Council. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 December 2010.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  3. ^ a b "Rosenallis Community Online - About Rosenallis". Archived from the original on 13 February 2012.
  4. ^ Census of Ireland 2011; Central Statistics Office
  5. ^ Samuel Lewis (1837). A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. p. 528 – via Library Ireland.