Rathcoole (County Dublin)
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About Rathcoole Parish
Rathcoole is a suburban village, south west of Tallaght, Ireland, in South Dublin. It lies just off the N7 national primary road. It borders the nearby village of Saggart.
Rathcoole (Rath Cumhaill) is said to derive its name from the fact that Finn McCumhall's father built a rath there. After the Anglo Norman conquest the lands of Rathcoole were the property of the Metropolitan See and in the thirteenth century they formed one of the smaller manors of the Archbishop of Dublin.
The village was ruled by a portreeve. Over the succeeding centuries Rathcoole became a place of considerable importance. The first stage on the coach road from Dublin to the South of Ireland, it contained several fortified houses. By the time of the 1641 Rebellion, however, Rathcoole was a stronghold of the Irish. Most of the village's inhabitants seemed to join in the rebellion including the Scurlock family who had owned the manor of Rathcoole since 1470. By 1648 the Irish forces were depleted and a garrison was set up by the government. Under its protection the village thrived. In the seventeeth century, around the time of the Restoration the town was still under the rule of a portreeve, James Willion.
There has been a manor at Rathcoole since about 1300. However, the current house at this site was built c.1750, by the Clinch family. The Clinch family's period of occupation ended in the early 1800s. 18 year old John Clinch was executed in 1798, after being charged with being a member of the rebel army. Shortly afterwards, the house and land at Rathcoole was let to Patrick Sheil of Coolmine, who eventually bought the entire property in 1831. What remains of the building is now derelict.
Felix Rourke, a well known United Irishman, was born in Rathcoole in 1765. Felix fought on a number of occasions during the Rebellion of 1798. He also took part in Robert Emmet's failed rising of 1803, for which he was indicted for high treason. He was found guilty and was hanged in Rathcoole on 10th September in that year.
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