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Ros Muc is situated on the west coast of Ireland, in the
County of Galway and in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht.
It is neighboured on one
side by the parish of Carraroe to the south and by the
parish of Carna to the west. The word Ros Muc comes from the
old Irish. Ros meaning peninsula and Muc meaning rounded
hills, the peninsula of rounded hills.
It is estimated that people first settled in Ros Muc in 400
A.D., one hundred years before Naomh Briocan brought
Christianity to the area. That is to say that there are
people in Ros Muc for one thousand five hundred years. Irish
is the predominantly spoken language. The District Electoral
Division of Turlough, Ros Muc, state that Ros Muc is the
most strongly Irish-speaking area in the country. According
to an analysis of the census a total of 91.9% of adults over
nineteen years old said they spoke Irish on a daily basis.
The population of Ros Muc is estimated to be around five
hundred people. For the past thirty years there has been a
decline in the population, this is mainly due to emigration,
although the tide of emigration has subsided in recent years
due to the robust nature of the Irish economy.
Pearse (1879 - 1916)
The executed leader of the
uprising, spent some of his leisure
time in this modest thatched cottage where he took the
to improve his knowledge of the Irish language among the
The interior, although burned during the War of
Independence, has been reconstructed and contains a number
of mementoes of Pearse, the idealistic school teacher, whose
rebellion and death are considered to have been a turning
point in Irish history. Guided tours available on request.
Access for people with disabilities is restricted.