Kilnaboy

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Kilnaboy
Village, townland, civil parish
Leamaneh Castle
Leamaneh Castle
Kilnaboy is located in Ireland
Kilnaboy
Kilnaboy
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°58′11″N 9°05′07″W / 52.9697°N 9.0854°W / 52.9697; -9.0854Coordinates: 52°58′11″N 9°05′07″W / 52.9697°N 9.0854°W / 52.9697; -9.0854
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Clare
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 689
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Kilnaboy or Killinaboy (Irish: Cill Iníne Baoith, meaning "church of Baoth's daughter")[2] 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.[3]

Civil parish[edit]

Kilnaboy is a parish in the historic Barony of Inchiquin. Its chief town, Corofin, is located on the southern extremity of the parish.[4] It is mentioned with regard to the Papal taxation of 1302-06.

Geography[edit]

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:[5]

"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."

Most of Inchiquin Lough is located in the parish, except for a small area in the southwest which lies in the parish of Rath, County Clare.

Places of interest[edit]

Sheela na Gig on the Kilnaboy church

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.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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.

Ecclesiastical parish[edit]

Inchiquin Castle seen across Inchiquin Lough

Kilnaboy is part of the parish of "Corofin, Kilnaboy and Rath" in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.[8] There are three churches in the parish: St Brigid's (Corofin), St Joseph's (Kilnaboy) and St Mary's (Rath).[9]

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