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Cill Chomhghaill
Kilcoole is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°06′23″N 6°03′52″W / 53.1063°N 6.0645°W / 53.1063; -6.0645Coordinates: 53°06′23″N 6°03′52″W / 53.1063°N 6.0645°W / 53.1063; -6.0645
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Wicklow
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 4,049
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference O293080

Kilcoole (Irish: Cill Chomhghaill, meaning "Church of Comhghall") is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is three kilometres south of Greystones, 14 kilometres north of Wicklow, and about 28 kilometres south of Dublin. It was used as the set for the Irish television series Glenroe, which ran through the 1980s and 1990s.

The village has a large industrial estate to the south. An area of marshland runs along the coast from Kilcoole south to Wicklow town, called the Murragh. This area is home to many endangered species of plant and animal. The beach in Kilcoole is the summertime home of the little tern, one of the few places in Ireland where these birds nest. Within the village, is an area of flora known as the Rock which is a huge rock/hill that predates the Cambrian Period.

Kilcoole is in the Roman Catholic parish of Kilquade, and the local church, St.Anthony's Church, cost £35,000 to build.


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann is the community secondary college, located on the southern outskirts of the village of Kilcoole. It currently numbers 600 students from Kilcoole, Newtownmountkennedy, Delgany and Greystones. Opened in September 2003, the college held its first state examinations in June 2006.

Kilcoole Primary School formerly consisted of Saint Anthony's Boys' National School and Saint Brigids Girls' National School, which were amalgamated in 2010. Junior students are now taught in the building formerly occupied by Saint Brigid's and the Saint Anthony's building accommodates pupils in the latter half of primary schooling.



Druids Glen Golf Resort, which hosted the Irish open from 1996 to 1999, is located less than a kilometre from Kilcoole, on the Newtownmountkennedy road.[2] Kilcoole Golf Course, a nine-hole parkland course, is also located near the village. It benefits from excellent drainage, allowing for year-round golf. As a result, the need for temporary surfaces over the winter period is never encountered. It is largely flat but nonetheless challenging due to the course design.[3] Druids Heath Golf Course, another championship course, is also located in Druids Glen.


Saint Anthony’s Football Club provides football for boys and girls from age six upwards. Almost 300 members make up their competing teams from under eight through under eighteen and adult. The club also runs a development squad for beginners with up to 30 players.[4]

Gaelic games[edit]

Kilcoole GAA has a long tradition in the community of Kilcoole for both hurling and Gaelic football, fielding teams for both men and women at junior and juvenile levels.[5]


Dublin Bus now only provides a service between Kilcoole and Dublin on its very infrequent 84X bus route, with a journey time of about 80 minutes; the 84 bus now terminates at Blackrock. Iarnród Éireann also has a station at the beach; Kilcoole railway station opened on 30 October 1855.[6] There are limited train services along this line. On weekdays the mainline train stops twice in the early morning in the Dublin direction and three times in the late afternoon/early evening in the Rosslare direction. A more regular DART (Electric train) service runs from Greystones into Dublin city centre and beyond to Howth and Malahide.


Next to the railway station is a monument commemorating an event of national significance. This was the landing of 600 rifles and ammunition for the Irish Volunteers on board the Chotah by Sir Thomas Myles in August 1914. It is frequently eclipsed by accounts of the contemporary landing of Volunteer's arms at Howth on board the Asgard.[7] On 1 August 1914, 600 Mauser rifles and 20,000 rounds of ammunition was landed at the beach in Kilcoole, County Wicklow in Ireland.

The arms and ammunition was smuggled using Thomas Myles's boat The Chotah during the night.[8] Once the arms were landed they were taken away by Volunteers on bicycles and in vehicles.[9] The arms were taken to Patrick Pearse's school, St Enda's, in Rathfarnham, County Dublin.[10]


Kilcoole has acted as a musical hub over the past 15 years, especially for bands in punk and post-rock. Notable acts include Adebisi Shank, Heathers (band), the Brian Meakin Band, Kidd Blunt, Enemies, Croupier and Foot in Mouth.[11] These bands have experienced great success, not only in Ireland, but also abroad [12] and have become household names in the Irish music scene. More recently a new collective named 'Boosegank' has emerged bringing together younger bands from the Kilcoole area such as Birds, Jack Latin and Doxy.

The Hive recording Studio is situated in Kilcoole and is run by Eoin Whitfield from Enemies and James Eager, ex-Kidd Blunt. A home of Irish DIY music it is often praised for producing all good Irish punk records. It has also recorded for Adebisi Shank, Enemies, Heathers, Bacchus and many others.

Kilcoole also hosts the Kilcoole Music Festival. The annual festival is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. It was started in 1955 by the then District Nurse, Ms. Mary Kiernan, who saw a need to help the children of the area develop their many talents. To this day the festival continues, awarding individuals in over 50 classes ranging from vocal solos to orchestras, flutes to rock guitar and much more.[13]


In the media[edit]

Kilcoole was also the setting for the long-running hit TV show Glenroe, which was broadcast on RTÉ One. The programme ran from 1983 to 2001, and at its height, it had over one million viewers, making it one of the most watched programmes on Irish television. The farm on which it was based is now an open farm, which hosts festive events yearly, as well as being a popular tourist spot all year round.

In more recent times, Kilcoole has been the setting for scenes in the comedy series Moone Boy and Damo and Ivor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kilcoole Legal Town Results". Central Statistics Office. 2011. 
  2. ^ "5 Star Hotels In Wicklow - Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Wicklow | Wicklow Hotels". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Kilcoole Golf Club – "A Little Gem"". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Saint Anthony's Football Club". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  5. ^ Kilcoole GAA
  6. ^ "Kilcoole station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  7. ^ Limerick’s Forgotten Son by Padraig ´Óg de Bhaldraithe pp12-14
  8. ^ "Shroud of secrecy as guns for Rising land in Kilcoole". Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Equally audacious: the Kilcoole gun-running". Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Kilcoole gun-running commemoration focuses on diversity". Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "29th kilcoole gig 4e for 9 bands |". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  12. ^ "Enemies - Kilcoole, Ireland -". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  13. ^ "Sponsor | Kilcoole Music Festival". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  14. ^ "The History of the Ginger Man: An Autobiography - The Lilliput Press". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 

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