Coill Dubh

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Coill Dubh
Coill Dubh is located in Ireland
Coill Dubh
Coill Dubh
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°17′32″N 6°49′03″W / 53.29236°N 6.81752°W / 53.29236; -6.81752Coordinates: 53°17′32″N 6°49′03″W / 53.29236°N 6.81752°W / 53.29236; -6.81752
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Kildare
Population (2011)
 • Urban 693
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1961 645 —    
1966 786 +21.9%
1971 920 +17.0%
1981 876 −4.8%
1986 772 −11.9%
1991 693 −10.2%
1996 682 −1.6%
2002 592 −13.2%
2006 684 +15.5%
2011 693 +1.3%

Coill Dubh (Irish pronunciation: [kəilʲ d̪ˠʊw] or [kəilʲ d̪ˠʊv]) is a town in Ireland in northern County Kildare, at the junction of the R403 and R408 regional roads, about 40 km (25 mi) from Dublin. Its population of 684 (2006 Census[2]) represents an increase of 15.5pc on the 2002 census.

The village is home to one of the strongest hurling clubs in County Kildare.


Coill Dubh hurling team crest

The town was established in 1952 on the townland of Blackwood ("Coill Dubh" is an Irish translation), just off the R403 between Prosperous, County Kildare and Timahoe, County Kildare to accommodate workers on the Bord na Mona works supplying a peat fired power station in Allenwood. It replaced earlier temporary workers camps at Killinthomas, County Kildare, Mucklon, County Kildare and Timahoe, County Kildare, with 160 houses and 4 shops.


The cutover area of Timahoe Bog which formerly supplied sod peat to Allenwood power station has been allowed to recolonise naturally for 20 years. It has become a focal point for naturalists and academics.


  • Timahoe Historical Society: ‘Historical Paths Revisited’ with contributions by Owen Denneny, Liam Egan, Patience Pollard, Ted Creavin, Liam Holton, Paddy Byrne, Andy Flaherty, Aileen Saunders and John Clohessy.

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