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Cill Churnáin
Civil Parish
Kilcornan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°37′00″N 08°53′00″W / 52.61667°N 8.88333°W / 52.61667; -8.88333Coordinates: 52°37′00″N 08°53′00″W / 52.61667°N 8.88333°W / 52.61667; -8.88333
Country Ireland
CountyCounty Limerick
 • Total671
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Kilcornan (Irish: Cill Churnáin) is a civil parish in County Limerick.[1] It is about seventeen kilometres west of Limerick city on the N69. According to the 2011 census of Ireland the population of Kilcornan was 749, an increase of 11.6% since 2006.[2] There is a Catholic church and a National School on the main road as well as a public house. Apart from Curraghchase, the ancestral home of the Victorian Poet Aubrey de Vere the next most visited tourism site in Kilcornan is the Stonehall Visitor Park. There is also a noted go kart track. It is located across the River Shannon from Shannon Airport, County Clare.


Lewis's Topographical Dictionary notes that the earliest identifiable settlements in Kilcornan were Danish.[3] The lands changed hands several times during the Tudor era. A large part of the parish was granted to Hardress Waller, one of Cromwell's generals. Curraghchase, the ancestral home of Aubrey de Vere is in Kilcornan. The parish was known as Stonehall until 1961 when under Canon Bluet it changed names to Kilcornan. In 1551 the rector of the parish, William Casey, was nominated by James, the Earl of Desmond to be the first non-Catholic bishop of Limerick.[4] In 1659 the census counted 299 people in the parish, 291 Irish and 8 English.[5] It is part of the Barony of Kenry.

Killeen Cowpark was built in the 15th century.


  • Dr Patrick F.Wallace, former Director of the National Museum of Ireland was born in Kilcornan and attended the local National School.
  • More recently Kilcornan is known as the birthplace of mountaineer Ger McDonnell who became the first Irishman to summit K2 in August 2008 but went missing along with 10 others on the descent in the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering, all were later confirmed dead.

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  1. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Dublin City University. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Population and Actual and Percentage Change 2006 and 2011 by Electoral Division, Year and Statistic".
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel. A Topographical Dictionary of Limerick City and County (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. ^ Begley, John, Canon (1927). The Diocese of Limerick in the 16th and 17th Centuries. p. 165.
  5. ^ Begley, John, Canon (1927). The Diocese of Limerick in the 16th and 17th Centuries. p. 255.

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