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Cill Fhíonáin
View from the Moat, Kilfinnane
View from the Moat, Kilfinnane
Kilfinnane is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°21′37″N 8°29′35″W / 52.3602778°N 8.4930556°W / 52.3602778; -8.4930556Coordinates: 52°21′37″N 8°29′35″W / 52.3602778°N 8.4930556°W / 52.3602778; -8.4930556
CountyCounty Limerick
151 m (495 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR680230

Kilfinnane or Kilfinane (Irish: Cill Fhíonáin) (/ˌkɪlfɪˈnɑːn/ or /ˌkɪlfɪˈnn/, locally /kɪlˈfɪnən/)[2] is a small market town in County Limerick, Ireland. The Town's name comes from the Irish words "Cill" (church) and "Fhíonáin" (Finnian), making its meaning "Church of Saint Finnian." Kilfinnane is located approximately 40 km southeast of Limerick, and approximately 70 km north-northwest of Cork. It had a population of 778 people in the 2011 Census.[3]

At an elevation of over 150 metres, Kilfinnane is the highest town in County Limerick. It is surrounded on three sides by the Ballyhoura Mountains, and on the fourth side is the "Golden Vale" region that runs through Counties Limerick, Cork, and Tipperary.

In 2014, Kilfinnane hosted the inaugural "HearSay International Audio Festival", and event focusing on creative audio.[4] The second HearSay Festival was held in November 2015 had over 80 workshops, installations and performances.[5]


Kilfinnane facilitates both Primary and Secondary Education.

Kilfinnane Primary School Scoil Fhíonáin is located very close to the Secondary School and has a new building opened in September 2012. Prior to this the Primary School was located in an old former Catholic residence, which was notorious due to reports of infestation, cold conditions and outdoor toilets.[6] In November 2012, disputes amongst building subcontractors and the main building contractor of the new School resulted in builders cutting the power and water, and removing the fittings of the newly opened school building. Parents created a blockade to prevent the builders from leaving the school grounds. The standoff became a national news story.[7][8] An RTÉ Radio 1 radio documentary "Take No More" by Grey Heron Media on the standoff won Gold at the 2013 PPI Radio Awards,[9] the 2013 Association for International Broadcasting,[10] and the 2013 New York Radio Festival.[11]

Scoil Pól Kilfinnane[12] was founded in 1915 and made its current home in 1987. The school, a Catholic school, offers a range of educational and extra-curricular activities. Some of its activities include sports,[vague] cairdeas,[clarification needed] transition year activities, green flag and chess.[citation needed]

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  2. ^ "Take No More". Documentary on One. RTÉ Radio 1. 15 December 2012. 0:15s-0:21s. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Kilfinnane (Limerick, Towns, Ireland) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  4. ^ Bodkin, Peter. "Inside the 'Woodstock for radio' about to take over a small Limerick village". Business ETC. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  5. ^ "HearSay 2015. Memories". Bibliocook - All About Food. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
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  7. ^ O'Connell, Hugh. "Parents blockade Limerick school after builders remove fittings". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
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  9. ^ "Documentary on Kilfinnane National School wins PPI award in Kilkenny". Archived from the original on 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  10. ^ "AIBs – 2013 Winners and Highly Commended Announced | The AIB Awards". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  11. ^ "Grey Heron Media Archives - Limerick Post Newspaper". Limerick Post Newspaper. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
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  13. ^ Mainchin Seoighe, Staker Wallis: His Life and Times and Death, 1994, pp. 7–8, 43, 52–54
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  15. ^ 'Obituary', The Times, 14 March 1891
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