Kilcorney, County Clare

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Cill Choirne
Civil parish
Caherconnell ringfort
Caherconnell ringfort
Kilcorney is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°02′24″N 9°09′12″W / 53.039949°N 9.153288°W / 53.039949; -9.153288Coordinates: 53°02′24″N 9°09′12″W / 53.039949°N 9.153288°W / 53.039949; -9.153288
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Clare
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Kilcorney (Irish: Cill Choirne[1]) (sometimes also Kilcornane) is a civil parish in County Clare, Ireland. It lies in the Burren region of the northwest of the county.


It is located in the Barony of Burren, 7 miles (11 km) north of Corofin. The parish is 3.5 by 1.75 miles (5.63 by 2.82 km) and covers 3,352 acres (1,357 ha). The land is typical of the broken, rocky and hilly country of the Burren. In 1841 the population was 330 in 50 houses. In 1845 there were Catholic chapels are in Kilhenny and Oughtmanna, each with a hedge school.[2]


Cave of the Wild Horses

Kilcorney is dedicated to Saint Coirné. There are no records of his life.[3]

The parish contains caves, a cromlech, and the ruins of an old castle.[2] There is a cave in the Kilcorney townland (Cave of the Wild Horses) that is the subject of several legends. One is that an enchanted horse came from this cave and propagated its breed throughout the country.[3]

Poulnabrone Dolmen is a portal tomb, dating back to the Neolithic period, and situated 9.6 km (6.0 mi) north-west of the village of Kilnaboy.[4]

The old church of Kilcorney was extremely dilapidated in 1897. Nearby there was the site of an older church dedicated to him some way from the present ruin. To the west of the old church there are the ruins of an ancient ecclesiastical building dedicated to Saint Colman Bairé, presumably the same as Saint Colman Mac Duach. The holy well of Tobar-na-naingeal is near the church. Tobar Colman Bairé is in Glensleade. Another is Tobar Ingean Baoth.[3]

There are various ruined stone or earth forts. These include Carher-na-mweela in the townland of Poulgorm, Caher-an-ard-dorais, Glensleade, Lisnanroum, Liscolmanbara, Lissaniska in Eanty beg south and Lissananima in Eanty beg north. The castle of Glensleade belonged to a member of the O’Loghlen family in 1580. It has now been levelled to the ground.[3]

Caherconnell Stone Fort is an early medieval, well-preserved ringfort, located in the townland of Caherconnel, on the R480 road to Ballyvaughan.


Townlands are Ballymihil, Baur North, Baur South, Caherconnell, Eantybeg North, Eantybeg South, Eantymore, Faherlaghroe, Glensleade, Kilcorney, Kilcorney Glebe, Lisnanroum, Magheraweeleen, Poulanine, Poulbaun, Poulgorm, Poulnabrone and Poulnaskagh.[5]




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