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Lúbán Díge
Catholic parish
Bodyke is located in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°53′02″N 8°35′59″W / 52.883816°N 8.599809°W / 52.883816; -8.599809Coordinates: 52°53′02″N 8°35′59″W / 52.883816°N 8.599809°W / 52.883816; -8.599809
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Clare
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Bodyke (Irish: Lúbán Díge) is a village and Catholic parish in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in eastern Clare. In the 1880s the Bodyke evictions were widely publicized.


The village of Bodyke lies in the foothills of the Slieve Aughty mountains. Its name may come from "Both-Teig" (Teig's hut).[1]


The Roman Catholic parish of Bodyke is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.[2] The modern parish incorporates the medieval parish of Kilnoe and the southern part of the medieval parish of Tuamgraney, which may have been combined early in the 18th century.[1] Bodyke is noted for its local church, the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, which was originally built in 1844.[1] The church of St Joseph's serves Tuamgraney.[3]

Schools are Bodyke National School, Scariff Community School and Tuamgraney National School.[4] The Raheen Community Hospital in Tuamgraney is a public nursing home and day center.[5]

Bodyke evictions[edit]

In the 1880s Colonel O'Callaghan, the principal landowner at Bodyke, had refused to lower the rents he charged his tenants. They were in distress.[6] In June 1887 O'Callaghan called for police assistance in evicting the tenants, who resisted by force, witnessed by large crowds.[7] Thirty-five of his tenants returned to their homes after being evicted.[8] Twenty six people, all but four of them women, were charged with assaulting and obstructing the forces of the law, with sentences ranging from acquittal to three months hard labor.[7] The prolonged affair was widely reported and caused angry debates in Parliament. As one member said, "The name of Bodyke stank in the nostrils of the Government..."[8] The evictions continued into the 1890s, with goods and livestock seized in lieu of rent. Often the livestock died of poisoning soon after.[9]

Notable people[edit]

The novelist Edna O'Brien and family historian Edward MacLysaght came from the parish of Bodyke.[1]