Oberirsen is a municipality in the district of Old Churches ( Westerwald) in Rhineland- Palatinate. It belongs to the municipality Old churches.

Geographical location

The main town located in the valley of the focus Oberirsen Bach Rimbach between the north and Marenbach in the West. Neighboring towns are Wölmersen the southeast and Birnbach in the south. Rimbach is bordered to the north by Mittelirsen in Leuscheider country, which is already in North Rhine -Westphalia.

To Oberirsen include the districts Marenbach and Rimbach.


It is believed that the occupation of the site was already in the time between the 6th and 9th centuries. The first written reference is from the year 1219.

In March 1945, in Oberirsen and Rimbach the death sentences and enforced because the blowing up of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen failed four officers of the Wehrmacht. The fifth co-defendant, Capt. the roasting was sentenced to death in absentia. He was at the time of conviction already in American captivity. The Flying summary court West was ordered by Hitler personally. Three of the officers condemned to death are buried in the military cemetery in Birnbach.

On 1 May 1969, the two formerly independent communities Marenbach and Rimbach were incorporated.

The development of the population, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 based on population censuses:

Parish council

The local council in Oberirsen consists of twelve council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009 by majority vote, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

Cultural monuments

→ List of cultural monuments in Oberirsen

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