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Coillte Mach
Kiltimagh is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation[1] 68 m (223 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Urban 1,427 [2]
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M342893

Kiltimagh (/ˌkɪlɪˈmɒ/; Irish: Coillte Mach)[3] is a town in County Mayo in Ireland.


Kiltimagh railway station opened on 1 October 1895 and finally closed on 17 June 1963.[4] The station currently operates as the Kiltimagh Museum and sculpture park, with displays of local history and culture. It is pending re-opening as a railway station as part of the Western Railway Corridor.[citation needed]


There is a Kiltimagh Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club.[5]


There are two local Catholic primary schools, Saint Aidan's National School[6] in Thomas Street and Craggagh National School[7] is 4 km outside the town on the R324 road. The local secondary school is Saint Louis Community School, formerly a Catholic convent school and secondary school.


The Oxford English Dictionary describes the etymology of the word "culchie", as being a mildly derogatory term for a country person or one not from the city of Dublin, as "Apparently alteration of Kiltimagh, Irish Coillte Mach (older Mághach), the name of a country town in Co. Mayo."[8] The word "culchie" is derived from the Irish word "coillte", the plural of coill, the Irish word for "wood", an area of growing trees. It was used, mainly in Mayo and Galway, by townspeople as a condescending reference to people from rural areas. It came into use in Dublin in the mid sixties as a counter to the country people’s use of the word "Jackeen" for Dublin people.


  • Frank Feely SDLP politician in Northern Ireland.
  • Patrick Joseph Burke(P.J)Feb3 1923-1 Nov 2015.developer and civil engineering contractor.Later employed Tom Carney
  • Anthony Joseph Carney, developer and chief contractor on the London Underground during its post WWII expansion.
  • Antoine Ó Raifteiri (Anthony Raftery), the blind Irish-language poet
  • William Philbin, Roman Catholic bishop of Clonfert (1953–1962) and Down and Connor (1962–1982)
  • Louis Walsh, pop music manager and judge on X Factor
  • Darren Randolph, Irish Goalkeeper his Mother is from the town.
  • Jim McDonagh Former Ireland Goalkeeper and current Goalkeeping coach his father came from the nearby parish of Midfield.
  • Shane Horgan Former Ireland Rugby Winger and his Actress Sister Sharon Horgan their Grandparents came from the nearby parish of Midfield and their cousin is a well known publican in the town.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kiltimagh on 25" OSI Map Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ Census 2011 - Preliminary results: Actual and percentage change in population 2006 to 2011 by Province County City Urban area Rural area and Electoral division by District, Year and Statistic Central Statistics Office Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  3. ^ Kiltimagh Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
  4. ^ "Kilitmagh station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ Kiltimagh Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club
  6. ^ Saint Aidan's National School
  7. ^ Craggagh National School
  8. ^ culchie, n. (and adj.) Oxford English Dictionary, second edition. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.