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Cill Mocheanóg
Kilmacanoge is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°10′05″N 6°08′17″W / 53.168°N 6.138°W / 53.168; -6.138Coordinates: 53°10′05″N 6°08′17″W / 53.168°N 6.138°W / 53.168; -6.138
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Wicklow
Elevation 80 m (260 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 1,028
Irish Grid Reference O243148
Kilmacanoge is the official spelling.[2]

Kilmacanogue, officially Kilmacanoge (Irish: Cill Mocheanóg, meaning "Mocheanóg's church"),[2] is a small village in north County Wicklow, Ireland.

The village lies on the junction of the R755 to Roundwood and the N11, 5 km (3.1 mi) south of Bray town centre. It lies between the Little Sugar Loaf to the east and the Big Sugar Loaf to the west in the northeastern foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, near the Glen of the Downs.

Avoca Handweavers have one of their earliest outlets at the northern end of the village.This outlet is situated on the exact location of Glencormac House which was completed in 1860 by the Jameson Whiskey Family, who were originally from Scotland.The House became a Hotel (Grade A, a precursor to 5 star rated hotels) in the 1950s but was razed to the ground in a fire that occurred in 1967. No lives were lost in the fire.

There are two small streams which join in Kilmacanogue, behind the old Post Office (Donnelly's), and flow into the River Dargle near the old "Silver Bridge" at Kilbride approximately two miles downstream. They once held a good population of trout but increasing urbanisation led to a deterioration in water quality.

Kilmacanogue is served by Dublin Bus route 45a.


The village is named after Saint Mocheanog, a companion of Saint Patrick, who, according to Irish legend, baptised the children of Lir just before their death.

On the morning of 1 January 1942 the Luftwaffe dropped two magnetic mines near Kilmacanogue but they did not explode.[3]


The village has two petrol stations, a primary school, a restaurant, a small shop, a post office, a church and a pub.The "Pub" (Public House), variously called "Connolly's", "Sweeney's", The Glencormac Inn and most lately "Plucks" is a very old coaching house dating back to the 19th century. It was a place where teams of horses were changed and stabled on the old road to Wicklow and further south.Charles Stewart Parnell was a frequent passenger on his way down to his family house in Avondale – hence his moniker "The Blackbird of Avondale" – a ballad sung in his memory. It was not until 1861 that the railway was opened as far as Rathdrum hence the need to travel by coach up to that time.

Clubs and organisations[edit]

Kilmacanogue is home to the Kilmacanogue GAA Club, a branch of the Cubs and the Scouts, Kilmac Drama, karate, Kilmacanogue History Society and Glencormac United.


  1. ^ "Kilacanogue Legal Town Results". Central Statistics Office. 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ O'Reilly, Michael (December 2001). "Luftwaffe magnetic mines land near Kilmacanogue". Ireland's Eye. 

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