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Cill Mheáin
Kilmaine is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°35′00″N 9°07′00″W / 53.5833°N 9.1167°W / 53.5833; -9.1167Coordinates: 53°35′00″N 9°07′00″W / 53.5833°N 9.1167°W / 53.5833; -9.1167
CountyCounty Mayo
59 m (194 ft)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM260598

Kilmaine or Kilmain (Irish: Cill Mheáin) is a barony and village in County Mayo, Ireland.[1]

Kilmaine village[edit]

Old church of Kilmaine with a 16th-century tracery window[2] on the site of an early Christian monastery which, according to tradition, has been founded by St. Patrick. It became a prebendary church of Tuam.[3]

"Kilmaine", derived from the Irish language 'Cill Mheán', means The Middle Church – 'Cill' is the word used in the Irish language for a church, and 'meán' is the Irish word for middle. The village is located on the N84 road between Shrule and Ballinrobe. The hinterland is entirely rural, made up of farms and scattered houses. The nearest town is Ballinrobe, and the closest city is Galway, roughly 40 kilometers (24 miles) away.

The village of Kilmaine has a population of less than two hundred, while the rural population around Kilmaine is nearly 1000. Kilmaine has only recently begun to see a boost in the building of houses and the development of property in the village.[citation needed] Over the past few years Kilmaine has not received as many immigrants from the new EU member states as other towns and villages in Mayo and this is the main reason the population of the village hasn't grown at the rate that they have.[citation needed] The village of Kilmaine has a post office,a petrol station, two shops four pubs, a Church, School, a Garda (police) station. It also has a Gaelic Athletic Association pitch and a community.


The village lies on the N84 road that links Galway to Castlebar (Irish: Caisleán an Bharraigh) . A bus service that runs four days a week between Galway and Ballina passes through Kilmaine and also travels through Castlebar.


Kilmaine GAA Crest

The local Gaelic Athletic Association club, Kilmaine GAA, was founded on 9 March 1937. The first competitive game ever played by a Kilmaine team was against Castlegar (Claremorris), in Curran's field. A local boxing club sometimes runs in the community centre.

Kilmaine barony[edit]

Civil parishes in the barony
  • Ballinchalla
  • Ballinrobe
  • Cong
  • Kilcommon
  • Kilmainebeg
  • Kilmainemore
  • Kilmolara
  • Moorgagagh
  • Shrule
Towns and villages in the barony

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ireland's History in Maps – Baronies page 3
  2. ^ Salter, Mike (2009). Medieval Churches of Ireland. Folly Publications. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-871731-83-5.
  3. ^ Gwynn, Aubrey; R. Neville Hadcock (1970). Medieval Religious Houses Ireland. Longman. p. 393. ISBN 0-582-11229-X.