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Cuar an Chláir
Cooraclare Church
Cooraclare Church
Cooraclare is located in Ireland
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
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
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.


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]


There are about 140 people living in the village.

Famous natives or residents include:

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]


  1. ^ "Cooraclare (Kilmacduane)". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cooraclare (Kilmacduane) Churches". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Doonbeg River". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Central Statistics Office : Census 2011". Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website". Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2014.