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an Chúlchoill
Cullahill is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°49′06″N 7°28′32″W / 52.818429°N 7.47551°W / 52.818429; -7.47551Coordinates: 52°49′06″N 7°28′32″W / 52.818429°N 7.47551°W / 52.818429; -7.47551
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Laois
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 200
 • Rural 800
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S390761
Cullohill Castle

Cullahill or Cullohill (Irish: Cúlchoill / an Chúlchoill, meaning "the back of the woods/behind the woods")[1] is a small village situated on the R639 road road in County Laois, Ireland.

Public transport[edit]

Route 828 operated by M & A Coaches on behalf of the National Transport Authority provides a daily journey each way to/from Durrow, County Laois, Abbeyleix and Portlaoise. There is no Sunday service.


A priory of Augustine canons was founded here in 550 by O'Dempsey, under the invocation of St. Tighernach who is now the patron saint of the area.

The village is home to an impressive early 15th century tower house, once the principal stronghold of the MacGillapatricks (or Fitzpatricks) of Upper Ossory.

Under their patronage, a medical school flourished at Aghmacart towland, about a mile from the castle from before 1500 to c.1610. It was conducted by the Ó Conchubhair family. Its physicians included Donnchadh Óg Ó Conchubhair (fl. 1581-1611), Risteard Ó Conchubhair (1561–1625), Donnchadh Albanach Ó Conchubhair (1571–1647) and Cathal Ó Duinnshléibhe (fl. 1592-1611).

According to 1837 records Cullohill was listed as a village in the parish of Aghmacart. Aghmacart is now a townland of Cullohill and contains an old church and graveyard which are still in use.

It is now part of Durrow parish and is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ossory.


Cullohill is surrounded by wonderful Irish countryside and has several public walkways from leisurely rambles to challenging treks up the nearby hills. Description of Walks on Laois Tourism website



The local GAA club is The Harps GAA which was formed in 1984 as an amalgamation with Durrow. Up until then Cullohill had its own hurling team and had won the Laois senior hurling championship in 1955 and 1964. The 1955 team was captained by Lar Dunphy and the 1964 team by Martin Mahony.

Notable people[edit]

Darina Allen, née O'Connell, the well known TV chef and cookery book author, is a native of Cullohill. Her family remain there today where they own and run the local pub, The Sports Man's Inn, or O'Connell's, as it is more known locally.

See also[edit]


  • The medical school at Aghmacart, Queen's County, Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadha, Ossory, Laois and Leinster 2, (2006)

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