Corofin, County Clare
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The name Corofin means "the white or foam-flecked ford" from the Irish: Finn Coradh, the earliest form of the name to be found in the literature: "fearann re hucht Finn Coradh".-[Ó hUidhrín, 15c. Topographical Poem]
A different translation is "Finne's weir".:15
The town is sometimes spelled "Corrofin". Corofin also styles itself as "The Gateway to the Burren" or "The Angler's Paradise".
The village is 12 km (7.5 mi) north of the county town of Ennis, at the crossroads of the R460 and R476 regional roads. It is on the southern edge of the upland limestone region of The Burren. Corofin is in the civil parish of Kilnaboy in the Barony of Inchiquin.
St. Catherine's ChurchEdit
On Church Street is the former Church of Ireland, St. Catherine's Church, built between 1715 and 1720 by Catherine Kneightly. It was renovated c. 1820 and by 1829 the steeple had been added. The building is now in use by the Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre.
Inchiquin Castle is located on the north side of Lake Inchiquin (in the parish of Kilnaboy). It was possibly begun by Teige-an-Chomhaid O'Brien (d. 1466). In 1542, it belonged to Turlough, son of Murrough, first Baron of Inchiquin. Murrough O'Brien, the fourth Baron, was in possession in 1580. His descendants, the Marquesses of Thomond, derived their title of Earl of Inchiquin from this estate. During the Nine Years' War, Hugh Roe O'Donnell raided Clare and Inchiquin Castle was attacked by one of his lieutenants, Maguire of Fermanagh. During the Confederate Wars Christopher O'Brien, Murrough the Burner's brother, lived here. Murrough's son, Colonel John O'Brien, abandoned Inchiquin towards the end of the 17th century. By then it had deteriorated into a ruin. Today the castle remains a ruin surrounded by pastures. Part of the older castle tower is still extant as is a good portion of the later 17th-century banquet hall.
- Chartres Brew, 19th century Gold commissioner, Chief Constable and judge in the Colony of British Columbia
- Frederick William Burton, 19th-century painter and director of the National Gallery, London
- Tony Killeen, (born 1952), Fianna Fáil politician, former Teachta Dála (TD) for the Clare constituency and Minister for Defence
- Benjamin Lucas, soldier of the 17th century
- Gerry Quinn, Hurling left-wing back (born 1980)
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