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Clonlara, officially Cloonlara (from Irish: Cluain Lárach),[1] is a village in County Clare, Ireland, and a Roman Catholic parish of the same name.


Cluain Lárach
Clonlara is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°43′N 8°33′W / 52.72°N 8.55°W / 52.72; -8.55Coordinates: 52°43′N 8°33′W / 52.72°N 8.55°W / 52.72; -8.55
CountyCounty Clare
31 m (102 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR625638


Village and parishEdit

Clonlara is in the east of County Clare in the civil parish of Kiltonanlea or Doonass, barony of Tulla Lower.[2] It lies between the River Shannon to the east and the Clare hills to the west and north.[3] Clonlara village is on the road between Killaloe and Limerick. In 1841 there were 219 people in 31 houses.[2] The village lies beside the head-race canal that deliver water to power the Ardnacrusha power plant a few kilometres to the southwest.[4]

Clonlara has a GAA club and an equestrian centre.[5][6]

The village is part of Clonlara (Doonas and Truagh) parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe, and the Church of Ireland parish of Kiltenanlea. The parish has two churches:[7] Mary, the Mother of God (Truagh) and St Senan's (Clonlara), both Roman Catholic. Kiltenanlea's Protestant chapel (Church of Ireland) is no longer a functioning parish church.[8]


Irish rugby union player Marcus Horan and Irish hurlers Colm and Darach Honan are from the village as is Jan O'Sullivan (née Gale), Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for Limerick City, and Luke Hogg, member of Young Fine Gael.[9]

Clonlara affairEdit

In 1956 in Clonlara, a group beat up two Jehovah's Witnesses and burnt the literature which the two had been trying to distribute. Taoiseach John A. Costello "responded to a protest from Bishop Joseph Rodgers of Killaloe by writing that he appreciated 'the just indignation aroused among the clergy and the people by the activities of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.'"[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cluain Lára/Cloonlara".
  2. ^ a b "Cloonlara". Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland. 1845. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  3. ^ "About Us". Scoil Seanáin Naofa, Clonlara. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Clonlara, Clare, Ireland". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  5. ^ Clonlara GAA website Archived 2012-09-30 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 11 June 2014.
  6. ^ Clonlara Equestrian Centre website,; accessed 11 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Clonlara (Doonas and Truagh)". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
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  10. ^ Clonlara affair of 1956[permanent dead link],; accessed 11 June 2014.