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Cill Chisín
Ruins of Kilkishen Castle, about 2 km north of the village.
Ruins of Kilkishen Castle, about 2 km north of the village.
Kilkishen is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°48′N 8°44′W / 52.8°N 8.73°W / 52.8; -8.73
CountyCounty Clare
31 m (102 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR496730

Kilkishen (Irish: Cill Chisín) is a village in southeast County Clare, Ireland. The village is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east of Quin and 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north of Shannon.


The population of Kilkishen at the 2006 Census was 443, a rise from 324 at the 2002 Census.[1] According to a report by Samuel Lewis in 1837, the village had a population of 519.[2]


Kilkishen National School is in the village and, according to their website, has an enrollment of 108 students.[3]

Kilkishen is in the civil parish of Clonlea and in the Catholic parish of O'Callaghans Mills.

The first church at Kilkishen was probably built very early in the 19th century. It is mentioned in an 1811 report of a dispute that led to violence over who should sit nearest to the altar. Major renovation or reconstruction of the church of St Senan's was completed in 1865.[4][5]

The village contains what was previously Kilkishen Church of Ireland which was built in 1811 and repaired in 1834, but later abandoned. Then in 2014 it was restored into kilkishen cultural centre .[6]

The village is the home of the Clare Shout Festival, which was first held in 2006 and is now held annually in September. The history of the Clare Shout is uncertain, but is believed to date back to pre-Celtic times in Ireland. There is a theory that the Clare Shout may have been a form of autumnal worship in pagan times.[7]


Kilkishen GAA was a hurling team that is now defunct.[8] The team won the Clare Senior Hurling Championship in 1923 and 1932 and were finalists in 1938.[9] The village has a junior level camogie club.

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  1. ^ Table 12 (contd.) Alphabetical list of Towns with their population, 2002 and 2006 Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine., p. 141 (p. 12 in pdf)
  2. ^ "Clare Places: County Clare: A History and Topography 1837: Kilkishen - A Description". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Kilkishen National School Information". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  4. ^ "O'Callaghan's Mills". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  5. ^ "O'Callaghan's Mills Churches". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  6. ^ "Kilkishen Church". Abandoned Ireland. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  7. ^ "Clare Shout Festival » Kilkishen Development Association". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  8. ^ "GAA Info on Kilkishen". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Roll of Honour". Retrieved 16 May 2018.

Coordinates: 52°48′24.71″N 8°44′40.34″W / 52.8068639°N 8.7445389°W / 52.8068639; -8.7445389