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Cill an Dísirt
Village, Parish
Kildysart is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°40′25.94″N 9°6′28.22″W / 52.6738722°N 9.1078389°W / 52.6738722; -9.1078389Coordinates: 52°40′25.94″N 9°6′28.22″W / 52.6738722°N 9.1078389°W / 52.6738722; -9.1078389
CountyCounty Clare
 • Village, Parish63.37 km2 (24.47 sq mi)
35 m (115 ft)
 • Village, Parish922
 • Density15/km2 (38/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Irish Grid ReferenceR252583

Kildysart, officially Killadysert (from Irish: Cill an Dísirt, meaning "church of the wilderness"),[2][3] is a village in County Clare, Ireland and a civil and Roman Catholic parish by the same name that surrounds the village. The village is being developed as a fishing destination.


The parish lies on the east border of the barony of Clonderalaw. It is 7 by 4 miles (11.3 by 6.4 km) and covers 12,859 acres (5,204 ha). It includes islands in the Fergus and Shannon Estuary, land along the western seaboard of the Fergus estuary and moor-covered uplands. The main island is Canon; other islands are Inishmacowney, Inishloe, Coney and Inishtubrid. Inland are the lakes of Gortglass and Cloonsnaghta.[4]

The Catholic parish is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.[5] The village of Kildysart/Killadysert is on the north bank of the Shannon Estuary on the R473 coastal route between Ennis and Kilrush.[4]

The parish contains the following townlands: Ballyleaan, Ballynacragga, Ballyvohane, Blean, Booltydoolan, Cahiracon, Canon Island, Cappanavarnoge, Cloonkett, Cloonsnaghta, Cloonulla, Coney Island, Cooga, Coolteengowan, Craghera, Crossderry, Crovraghan, Derrylea,Effernan, Glenconaun Beg, Glenconaun More, Gortnacurra, Gortnahaha, Gortnavreaghaun, Inishcorker, Inishloe, Inichmacowney, Inishtubbrid, Killadysert, Lackannashinnagh, Liscormick, Lisnafaha, Lissyvurriheen, Rusheen, Shannacool and Shessiv.[6]


A monastery is said to have been founded on Low Island by Saint Senan of Iniscattery, before Saint Patrick came into Munster. Saint Moronoc is said to have had a cell here at the time of Senan's death, called "the Penitentiary of Inisluaidhe". There were many Danish forts and tumuli in the parish.[7] The Moland Report of 1703 said of "Kildizert" that it "has on it ye ruins of an old church and several cabins."[3] The ruins of the old church still remained in the burial-ground near the shore as of 1837.[7]

In 1831 the population was 4,501, and in 1841 it was 5,130 in 753 houses. In 1834 there were 4,802 Catholics and 32 Protestants.[4] In 1837 the village contained about 60 houses, irregularly built. A steamboat passed daily on the way to or from Limerick. An application had also been made to the Board of Public Works to improve the Quay near Kildysart, from which pigs, corn, butter and agricultural produce were sent to Limerick in boats; and building material, groceries and other essentials were brought back in return.[3]


Kildysart has two minimarkets, hardware shops, a mobile bank, pharmacist, clinic, veterinary clinic, credit union, garage, community centre, four pubs and the Quay Marina.[8] It has the parish church, St Michael's[5] and St John Bosco Community College.[9]

Kildysart is known for its fishing, both in the Estuary and in the local lakes. Gortglass, Clonshnacta and Effernan, a few minutes drive from the village, are trout fishing lakes only. Only members of the local angling club are allowed to fish in them. Visitors can charter a boat for fishing in the Shannon Estuary or for trips to the islands. The estuary holds fish such as conger, skate, dogfish, pollock, flounder, tope and Thorn Back Ray, all of which can also be caught off Cahercon Pier, which is open to the public and is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from Kildysart.[8]

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  1. ^ Census 2011 – Population Classified by Area Table 6 Population of each province, county, city, urban area, rural area and electoral division, 2006 and 2011
  2. ^ "Bunachar Logainmneacha na hÉireann - Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Clare Places - Kildysart: Historical Background". Clare County Library. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Kildysert, or Killadysert". Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland. 1845. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Kildysart". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Map of Killadysert Parish showing Townlands". Clare County Library. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b Samuel Lewis (1837). "County Clare: A History and Topography". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Local information". Kildysart. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  9. ^ St John Bosco Community College website; accessed 26 March 2015.