Timahoe is a small, quiet village in County Laois, which lies in the centre of a broad and fertile valley. It is eight miles from Portlaoise and five-and-a-half miles from Stradbally. Guarding this village is a Round Tower which contains a vast amount of history.

Timahoe is in the parish of Fosey and lies in the barony of Cullenagh. The village takes its name from the foundation of the monastery of Teách Mochua by St. Mochua, who died in 657, and which was destroyed by fire in 1142. It was afterwards re-founded by the O'Mores, but of its further history there is no record. There are still some slight remains of this building near the Round Tower.

In 1642 a battle took place in Timahoe between a party of forces under Colonel Monck, on his return from the relief of Ballinakill, and a party under General Preston, who had advanced to intercept his retreat in which the latter was repulsed with considerable loss. Fairs were held in the village of Timahoe on April 5th, July 2nd and October 18th each year, and a Constabulary Police Force was stationed here also.


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