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Cill Bheathach
Kilbaha Village
Kilbaha Village
Kilbaha is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°34′15″N 9°51′39″W / 52.57083°N 9.86083°W / 52.57083; -9.86083Coordinates: 52°34′15″N 9°51′39″W / 52.57083°N 9.86083°W / 52.57083; -9.86083
7 m (23 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Kilbaha (Irish: Cill Bheathach, meaning "Church of the Birches") is a small fishing village in County Clare, Ireland, located close to the south west end of the Loop Head peninsula.


According to Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845 the village had a population of 460 in 1831, and 531 in 1841. It is situated on the Shannon Estuary, about 3.75 miles (6.04 km) east of Loop Head, and about 21 miles (34 km) west of Kilrush. A small open sweep of the estuary at the place is sometimes called Kilbaha bay.[1]

Location and transport[edit]

Kilbaha is in the parish of Cross (Kilballyowen) in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe. The parish churches are Our Lady of Lourdes in Cross and the Star of the Sea church in Kilbaha (incorrectly described on the diocesan website as the Church of St John the Baptist.[2]) The village is near the tip of the Loop Head peninsula, far away from major roads (the N67 road being the closest, 25 kilometres east of the village). The closest town is Kilkee (1,325 population), on the N67 road at the north east of Kilbaha.

Keating's Pub

It is surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the River Shannon. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty. The local pub Keating's claims to be the nearest pub to New York City


Kilbaha and its setting on the Loop Head peninsula on the west coast of Clare was the winner of a European Destinations of Excellence Award 2010 for Aquatic Tourism.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland". 1845. Retrieved 2014-03-31. |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "Cross (Kilballyowen)". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-03-31.