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An Chluain
Cloone is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°56′47″N 7°47′08″W / 53.946411°N 7.785514°W / 53.946411; -7.785514Coordinates: 53°56′47″N 7°47′08″W / 53.946411°N 7.785514°W / 53.946411; -7.785514
CountyCounty Leitrim
82 m (269 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Cloone (Irish: An Chluain) is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. The village is located in the south of the county, just off the R201 regional road; its nearest town is Mohill, its name is an Anglicised version of the Irish-language word cluain, meaning meadow.


The bell tower of St James's Church of Ireland, Cloone, County Leitrim.

Prominent building structures in the area include St Mary's Catholic Church (1971), the old Catholic Church now in ruins (1837), and Fatima National School (1965).

The bell tower of St James's Church of Ireland is all that is left of a building that was erected by the Board of First Fruits in 1822; the tower was restored in the mid-1990s and a clock installed, which was manufactured by Samuel Elliott of Dublin. It is a local landmark from which some of the finest angling waters in the area[original research?] can be seen off the Cloone to Ballinamore Road.[citation needed]


The village has two pubs, Creegans & McKeons, it has a shop called O'Higgins. A Community centre, a Catholic Church and a primary school; every Year an agricultural show is held.


The R201 road passes Cloone Village; the nearest railway station is Dromod which is 18 km away.


The Justinian plague of Mohill barony badly affected the Cloone area in the 6th century. Bernard Kilrane died in 1900AD aged 111 years at Tawnymore near Cloone, was perhaps the oldest recorded Irishman. Throughout at least the 19th and 20th centuries], an impressive number of annual fairs were held at Cloone on- 12 February, 5 April, 26 May, 13 June (or 14th), 10 July, 26 August, 29 September, 2 November and 20 December.[1][2] Back in 1925, Cloone village comprised 22 houses, 7 being licensed to sell alcohol.[3]

Historian Guy Beiner has called attention to a curious apocryphal incident remembered in local folk memory, whereby it was believed that during the rebellion of 1798, the chains that were used by the insurgents to draw the cannons of the French invasion army lead by General Humbert were allegedly stolen during a night stopover at Cloone and it was claimed that this theft resulted in the defeat of the rebels at the Battle of Ballinamuck.[4]

World War I (1914-1918) casualties from Cloone[edit]

A total of eleven men[5] from Cloone Village and the surrounding area are known to have died whilst on active service during the Great War (1914–1918), having given the locality as their place of birth or permanent domicile at the time of their enlistment; those bodies recovered and identified were interred in various military cemeteries administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium (La Laiterie Military Cemetery), France (Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, Philosophe British Cemetery & Savy British Cemetery), Israel (Beersheba War Cemetery) and Turkey (Lala Baba Cemetery). However, those men who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme with no known graves have their names recorded on the 'Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme' in France.


  • The 19th century poet John McDonald was born in Cloone parish.
  • Pat Quinn, founder of Tesco Ireland. Was from Cloone.


Cloone have a local GAA team who play gaelic and hurling, their grounds are located beside the Mohill Road.

Cloone Agricultural Show[edit]

Every year on the August Bank Holiday Monday in the outskirts of the village, Cloone Agricultural Show is held. Usually in the show there are cattle, bouncy castles, rides, stalls, food, music and competitions, it is a popular event, and was first held in 1988.

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Primary sources[edit]

  1. ^ Longman 1819, pp. 405.
  2. ^ Watsons 1830.
  3. ^ Irish Free State 1925, pp. 31.
  4. ^ Guy Beiner, "The Mystery of the Cannon Chains: Remembrance in the Irish Countryside", History Workshop Journal, 66 (2008), 81-106.
  5. ^ "Remembering the forgotten fallen of Cloone". Leitrim Observer. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2019.

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