Clonbollogue or Clonbulloge (Irish: Cluain Bolg, meaning 'bumpy meadow')[2] is a village in County Offaly, Ireland The common pronunciation of the village up to recent times was 'Clon Bolg'.[citation needed] The village has been voted one of the tidiest town in County Offaly every year since 1978.[citation needed]

Cluain Bolg
Village pump and square in Clonbulloge
Village pump and square in Clonbulloge
Clonbulloge is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°15′36″N 7°05′11″W / 53.26°N 7.0863°W / 53.26; -7.0863Coordinates: 53°15′36″N 7°05′11″W / 53.26°N 7.0863°W / 53.26; -7.0863
68 m (223 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN609236
Road signs in Clonbulloge, looking north along the R401 towards the Bog of Allen


The village is located at the junction of the R401 and R442 regional roads. The Figile River runs through the village under the R442 near its confluence with the Philipstown River.

Between the village and Edenderry, 11 km to the north, lies the Bog of Allen.

Clonbullogue is located near the point where three counties—Offaly, Laois and Kildare meet. The village is on an island of pasture land in the bog of Allen.

The area is marked on the Cottonian map 1653 of Leix & Offaly as Clanbolg. In the 1659 Census, Robert Shallcross was listed as the titled person in the area. In 1679, Charles II granted this area to the Purefoy family and for a time the village was called Purefoy's Place.[citation needed] In 1798, the village was burned—the only part of Offaly to suffer this fate during the Rebellion. Two of the Wexford leaders, Colonel Anthony Perry and Father Mogue Kearns were captured here and were later hanged at Edenderry for their part in the 1798 Rebellion.

In 1883, Father Comerford wrote: "The village of Clonbullogue which is situated on the Little Barrow presents a decayed and ruinous appearance, some of the larger houses having been burned during the rebellion of 1798".


As of the 2016 census, the population of the village was 436.[1] The village population expanded in the 1950s to accommodate the workers employed to develop the area's bogs as an energy resource under the guidance of the Irish state company Bord na Móna.[citation needed]

The village population suffered severe declines from famine, poverty and emigration from the mid-1840s. In 1861 the population of the village was 110, and by 1871 had fallen to 79.[citation needed]


Antiquities in the area include the Clonkeen stone. This is said to be 340 million years old and legend has it that the stone was thrown from Croghan Hill by Fionn MacCumhaill. Other sites includes the remains of a togher at Ballykilleen, the ruins of Cloncrane Church, a ring-barrow at Shean and a sheela-na-gig from Ballynowlart and Clonsast. The last was an important religious site in early monastic Ireland.[citation needed]

Clonbullogue airfieldEdit

Irish Parachute Club at Clonbullogue airfield

Clonbullogue airfield is owned and operated by the Irish Parachute Club who are based at the field. The airfield has one east-west grass strip runway which is 770m long and 18m wide. There are six aircraft based on the field, most of them owned by the Irish Parachute Club. The airfield is located about 2 km (1.2 mi) west of Clonbullogue village and lies under a restricted airspace designated EI-R16. On 13 May 2018 a plane from this airfield carrying 16 parachutists crashed, killing the pilot and a seven year old boy.[3]


Clonbullogue soccer club known as Saint Patricks won the Division 2 league in 2004. GAA club won the junior championship in the 1980s and played intermediate until 2013 when they were relegated to junior again. They won the junior A championship again in 2015 promoting them to intermediate once again.[citation needed]


With the conquest of Ireland from the Cromwellian wars onwards, Clonbullogue was extensively planted by colonialists. Quaker families were common under the plantations. Present day local family names can reflect these plantations. In 1731, Rev. Boyle Travers, Protestant Rector of Rathangan and Clonmore (which includes part of this area) notes; "I bless God for the comforting assurance I have that there is no reputed friary, nunnery, friars, nuns or Popish schools".[citation needed]

  • Eamon Broy, former Garda Commissioner, was born near Clonbullogue in 1887 and is buried in a nearby cemetery.
  • Jasper Robert Joly[citation needed] 1819–1892, was born at Clonsast. He donated his extensive library of 23,000 printed volumes and unbound papers to the Royal Dublin Society in 1863. When the National Library was established the Joly collection formed the nucleus of the new national institution.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Clonbullogue". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Cluain Bolg / Clonbulloge". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Bodies of pilot and boy (7) recovered from crashed light aircraft". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 May 2018.