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Village, townland, civil parish
Leamaneh Castle
Leamaneh Castle
Kilnaboy is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°58′11″N 9°05′07″W / 52.9697°N 9.0854°W / 52.9697; -9.0854Coordinates: 52°58′11″N 9°05′07″W / 52.9697°N 9.0854°W / 52.9697; -9.0854
CountyCounty Clare
 • Total689
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Kilnaboy or Killinaboy (Irish: Cill Iníne Baoith, meaning "church of Baoth's daughter")[2] is a village, townland and civil parish in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the Burren, and as of the 2011 census the area had 347 inhabitants.[3]

Civil parish[edit]

Kilnaboy is a parish in the historic Barony of Inchiquin, its chief town, Corofin, is located on the southern extremity of the parish.[4] It is mentioned with regard to the Papal taxation of 1302-06.


It is located on the southeastern border of the limestone hills of the Burren and extends both into the lowlands to the south and into the hills to the north. Mullaghmore mountain is close by. There are extensive tracts of bog in the eastern portion of the parish. According to the 1837 survey of Lewis:[5]

"The surface is boldly diversified and embellished with the picturesque lakes of Inchiquin and Tadune, the latter of which is but partly in the parish. The lake of Inchiquin is about 2½ miles in circumference, and is situated at the base of a richly wooded range of hills, forming a fine contrast to the bare limestone rocks in the vicinity."

Most of Inchiquin Lough is located in the parish, except for a small area in the southwest which lies in the parish of Rath, County Clare.

Places of interest[edit]

Sheela na Gig on the Kilnaboy church

There are over 300 national monuments in the area including Leamaneh Castle and Cahercommaun stone fort. On Roughan Hill there are a number of prehistoric structures including several wedge tombs such as Parknabinnia wedge tomb. Other wedge tombs are located in Tullycommon and Slievenaglasha townlands.

Kilnaboy has a medieval church of 11th-century origin, repaired in 1715; the church includes a Sheela na Gig (possible medieval fertility symbol) over the door and a cross on the church gable. There is a round tower nearby.[6]

Much of the territory making up the "Burren National Park" is located in Kilnaboy parish, but it extends into other neighbouring parishes, it is sometimes visited by botanists and archeologists.[7]

Glanquin house, Kilnaboy was used as an exterior of "Craggy Island Parochial House" in the comedy series Father Ted.

Leamaneh, Inchiquin and Ballyportry castles are located in the parish. Ballyportry is completely restored, while the other two are ruins. Other sites include Cross Inneenboy (a 12th century cross), and Cashlaungar (a stone ringfort located on the road to Carran).

Ecclesiastical parish[edit]

Inchiquin Castle seen across Inchiquin Lough

Kilnaboy is part of the parish of "Corofin, Kilnaboy and Rath" in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.[8] There are three churches in the parish: St Brigid's (Corofin), St Joseph's (Kilnaboy) and St Mary's (Rath).[9]

Notable people[edit]

  • Michael Sonny Murphy, Ballycashen, Kilnaboy represented Ireland in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic games. He also held many County, Munster and National titles, he died aged 29 in 1936. A 10 mile Road Race is held every year in his memory.(11)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2011 - Table 5 Population of towns ordered by county and size, 2006 and 2011" (PDF). CSO. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ "Census 2011". Central Statistics Office Ireland. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland - historic map of Kilnaboy civil parish
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1840). A topographical dictionary of Ireland: comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs corporate, market, and post towns, parishes and villages ... : With an appendix describing the electoral boundaries of the several boroughs as defined by the act of the 2d. and 3d. of William IV. Lewis.
  6. ^ "Kilnaboy Medieval Church and Round Tower". Discover Ireland. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  7. ^ "Burren National Park". National Parks & Wildlife Service. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Corofin". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  9. ^ Visit Corofin - facilities
  10. ^ CCE Northeast Regional Hall of Fame Inductee: Frank G. Neylon - Concert Flute[permanent dead link]

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