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Kilnaboy or Killinaboy (Irish: Cill Iníne Baoith, meaning "church of Baoth's daughter") is a village, townland and civil parish in County Clare, Ireland. It is in the Burren, an area rich in heritage and natural beauty. In 2011, the area had 347 inhabitants.
It is located on the southeastern border of the limestone hills of the Burren and extends both into the lowlands to the south and into the hills to the north. Mullaghmore mountain is close by. There are very extensive tracts of bog in the eastern portion of the parish. According to the 1837 survey of Lewis:
"The surface is boldly diversified and embellished with the picturesque lakes of Inchiquin and Tadune, the latter of which is but partly in the parish. The lake of Inchiquin is about 2½ miles in circumference, and is situated at the base of a richly wooded range of hills, forming a fine contrast to the bare limestone rocks in the vicinity."
Places of interest
There are over 300 national monuments in the area including Leamaneh Castle and Cahercommaun stone fort. On Roughan Hill there are a large number of prehistoric structures including numerous wedge tombs such as Parknabinnia wedge tomb. Other wedge tombs are located in Tullycommon and Slievenaglasha townlands.
- Kilnaboy has a medieval church of 11th-century origin, repaired in 1715. The church includes a Sheela na Gig (possible medieval fertility symbol) over the door and a cross on the church gable. There is a round tower nearby.
- Most of the territory making up the "Burren National Park" is located in Kilnaboy parish, but it extends into other neighbouring parishes. It is often frequented by botanists and archeologists alike.
- Glanquin house, Kilnaboy was used as an exterior of "Craggy Island Parochial House" in the hit comedy series Father Ted.
- Leamaneh, Inchiquin and Ballyportry castles are located in the parish. Ballyportry is completely restored, while the other two are ruins.
- Cross Inneenboy, a 12th century cross.
- Cashlaungar, a stone ringfort located on the road to Carran.
Kilnaboy is part of the parish of "Corofin, Kilnaboy and Rath" in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe. There are three churches in the parish: St Brigid's (Corofin), St Joseph's (Kilnaboy) and St Mary's (Rath).
- Kilnaboy is home to the former Minister for defence, Tony Killeen.
- Seamus Clancy is the first Clare footballer to win an All-Star award which was achieved in 1992. His brother Colm Clancy also played a starring role in that Munster championship winning side and their father Donal was one of the selectors.
- Francis G. Neylon, renowned traditional Irish musician (concert flute, piccolo), was born in Kilnaboy in 1921 in the cottage now known as Tigh Éamoin.
- "Census 2011 - Table 5 Population of towns ordered by county and size, 2006 and 2011" (PDF). CSO. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- "Census 2011". Central Statistics Office Ireland. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- Ordnance Survey Ireland - historic map of Kilnaboy civil parish
- Lewis, Samuel (1840). A topographical dictionary of Ireland: comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs corporate, market, and post towns, parishes and villages ... : With an appendix describing the electoral boundaries of the several bouroughs as defined by the act of the 2d. and 3d. of William IV. Lewis.
- "Kilnaboy Medieval Church and Round Tower". Discover Ireland. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- "Burren National Park". National Parks & Wildlife Service. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- "Corofin". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
- Visit Corofin - facilities
- CCE Northeast Regional Hall of Fame Inductee: Frank G. Neylon - Concert Flute
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kilnaboy.|
- Kilnaboy parish at the Clare County Library
- Roughan Hill prehistoric landscape in: Burren Landscape and Settlement