Cooraclare

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Cooraclare
Cuar an Chláir
Village
Cooraclare Church
Cooraclare Church
Cooraclare is located in Ireland
Cooraclare
Cooraclare
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°42′14″N 9°25′06″W / 52.703889°N 9.418333°W / 52.703889; -9.418333Coordinates: 52°42′14″N 9°25′06″W / 52.703889°N 9.418333°W / 52.703889; -9.418333
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Clare
Population (2006)
 • Urban 112
 • Rural 548
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference R014627

Cooraclare (Irish: Cuar an Chláir, meaning "Recess of the Plain"), is a village near Kilrush, in County Clare, Ireland, and a Catholic parish by the same name.

Location[edit]

The village of Cooraclare is in the parish of Cooraclare (Kilmacduane) in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe. It is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Kilrush on the road from Kilrush to Miltown Malbay. The old name for the parish is Kilmacduane, which was joined for a while to the parish of Kilmihil. In 1848 the two were again separated and Cooraclare took its present name. The parish includes the village of Cree, at times spelled Creegh.[1] The parish has two churches, St Senan's in Cooraclare and St Mary's in Cree.[2] Cooraclare lies on the River Doonbeg.[3]

Amenities[edit]

There is a primary school, Montessori school, three public houses O' Doherty's, O'Keeffe's and Tubridy's is also a guest house, a post office (Garry's) two shops Daly's and Tom Macs country shop and a flower shop. Old Parochial House (c1872), a former Parish Priets's house provides self-catering in restored stables. The community centre in the village was inaugurated in 1993 and also there is a sports complex added to it the following year. The previous community centre was the Marion Hall situated at the back of Tom McNamaras country shop. It also has a GAA Sports Field situated just outside the village in the townland of Carhue. In 2012 St Senan's Community Playground was opened on the site of the old Marion Hall and is open 365 days a year and caters for children up to 12 years of age. The Playground boasts junior and senior play areas and swings and has a Zip Wire that can be used by all.

People[edit]

There is about 140 people living in the village. Famous people include Fianna Fáil Senator and former Minister For Social Welfare & Defence Brendan Daly and Tom Morrissey who played football for Clare in the 1992 Munster Senior Football Championship Final. (Beating Kerry)

Colonel James Hickey who was a commander of the Us Army's 4th Infantry Division 1st brigade in Iraq that found Saddam Hussein in 2003. His father James Sr came from Cooraclare and moved to Chicago when he was 18.[6]

In March 2010 Ryan Tubridy, Daytime radio host and presenter of The Late Late Show, presented his popular RTÉ Radio One programme from Tubridys Bar & Restaurant in Cooraclare where he said his great grandfather came from. Among the guests who appeared on the show were RTÉ commentator Marty Morrisey. Commenting on his visit to Cooraclare, Tubridy said: "We had the nicest welcome. It was such a joy to meet all the Tubridys from the town and the surrounding counties."

Sport and culture[edit]

Village sign

Cooraclare have won the Clare Senior Football Championship in 1915, 1917, 1918, 1925, 1944, 1956, 1964, 1965, 1986 and 1997, and also hosts the Rose Of Clare Festival every year in August.

A song associated with Cooraclare is entitled "The Chapel Gate Of Cooraclare".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cooraclare (Kilmacduane)". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Cooraclare (Kilmacduane) Churches". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Doonbeg River". Clare.ie. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Central Statistics Office : Census 2011". Cso.ie. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website". Histpop.org. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ "'It took the son of a Clare man to get him'". Independent.ie. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2014-02-08.