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Coillte Mách
Kiltimagh is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation[1] 68 m (223 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Urban 1,507 [2]
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M342893

Kiltimagh (/ˌkɪlɪˈmɒ/; Irish: Coillte Mách)[3] is a town in County Mayo in Ireland.


Kiltimagh railway station opened on 1 October 1895 and finally closed on 17 June 1963.[4] The station currently operates as the Kiltimagh Museum and sculpture park, with displays of local history and culture. It is pending re-opening as a railway station as part of the Western Railway Corridor.[citation needed]


There is a Kiltimagh Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club, an association football club called Kiltimagh Knock United, and the Kiltimagh Giants basketball club.


There are two local Catholic primary schools, Saint Aidan's National School in Thomas Street while Craggagh National School is 4 km outside the town on the R324 road. The local secondary school is Saint Louis Community School, formerly a Catholic convent school and secondary school.


The Oxford English Dictionary describes the etymology of the word "culchie", meaning a country person or one not from the city of Dublin, as "Apparently alteration of Kiltimagh, Irish Coillte Mach (older Mághach), the name of a country town in Co. Mayo."[5] The word “culchie” is derived from the Irish word “coillte”, the plural of coill, the Irish word for “wood”, an area of growing trees. It was used, mainly in Mayo and Galway, by townspeople as a condescending reference to people from rural areas. It came into use in Dublin in the mid sixties as a counter to the country people’s use of the word “Jackeen” for Dublin people.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kiltimagh on 25" OSI Map Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ Census 2011 - Preliminary results: Actual and percentage change in population 2006 to 2011 by Province County City Urban area Rural area and Electoral division by District, Year and Statistic Central Statistics Offce Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  3. ^ Kiltimagh Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
  4. ^ "Kilitmagh station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ culchie, n. (and adj.) Oxford English Dictionary, second edition. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.