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Kilfane (Irish: Cill Pháin) is a combination of two townlands located outside of Thomastown in County Kilkenny, Ireland.[1] It is made up of the townlands of Kilfane East and West with a total area of 75 acres (0.30 km2).[2][3][4] Located in the barony of Gowran, Kilfane gives its name to the wider civil parish which contains 16 townlands. It is in the Roman Catholic parish of Tullaherin.


Cill Pháin
Kilfane is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°33′25″N 7°08′34″W / 52.5568282°N 7.1428696°W / 52.5568282; -7.1428696Coordinates: 52°33′25″N 7°08′34″W / 52.5568282°N 7.1428696°W / 52.5568282; -7.1428696
CountyCounty Kilkenny
Civil parishKilfane (Kilfane)
 • TypeCounty Council
 • BodyKilkenny County Council
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST / WEST)
Irish Grid ReferenceS 59 45

This is also the site of the 13th-century Kilfane Church, now in ruins, has an adjoining castellated presbytery or stone house. There are traces of the original consecration crosses to be seen, the ogee headed doorways, remains of the altar, sedilia and book rest. Inside the ruined church on the North Wall is the effigy of a Norman Knight in full armour. It is referred to as Cantwell Fada and this effigy is the tallest of its kind in Britain or Ireland.[5]

Kilfane House was the seat of the Power family who were responsible for the creation Kilfane Glen and Waterfall which is now a tourist attraction containing a romantic era (Romanticism) garden and waterfall [6]

There is also a Gaelic Handball alley constructed in Kilfane quarry in the 1920s [7]




  1. ^ (Fiontar 2008, Cill Pháin/Kilfane )
  2. ^ (Fiontar 2008, Cill Pháin Thoir/Kilfane East)
  3. ^ (Fiontar 2008, Cill Pháin Thiar/Kilfane West)
  4. ^ Census (1861). General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes, and Baronies of Ireland: Based on the Census of Ireland for the Year 1851. Genealogical Publishing Com. pp. 451–452. ISBN 9780806310527.
  5. ^ In the Shadow of the Steeple - No.2 (published 1990) Pg 51
  6. ^
  7. ^ In the Shadow of the Steeple - No.1 (out of print) Pg 13


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