Kilmoon (Irish: Cill Mhúine[1]) is a civil parish of County Clare, Ireland, 7 miles (11 km) north of Ennistymon.[2] The parish contains the town of Lisdoonvarna.


Cill Mhúine
Village and parish
Kilmoon is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°2′44″N 9°16′7″W / 53.04556°N 9.26861°W / 53.04556; -9.26861Coordinates: 53°2′44″N 9°16′7″W / 53.04556°N 9.26861°W / 53.04556; -9.26861
CountyCounty Clare
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))


The patron saint of the Roman Catholic parish is St Muadanus; very little is known about him and he's not even mentioned in either the Acta Sanctorum of Colgan nor in the Martyrology of Donegal.[3] The parish was listed as "Kilmugoun" in the Papal taxation of 1302. There is a Romanesque standing stone in the area on the site of a ruined church, St Mogua.[4]

Kilmoon fell under the poor law union of Ennistymon in the barony of Burren, and ecclesiastically belonged to the Diocese of Kilfenora in the Province of Cashel as of 1810.[2]


The civil parish of Kilmoon is in the northwestern part of the county and is bordered by Rathborney to the northeast, Killeany to the east, Kilfenora to the southeast, Killilagh to the southwest, and Killonaghan to the northwest.[5] It is divided into 22 townlands, including Kilmoon East (319 acres),[6] Kilmoon West (372 acres),[7] Knockaskeheen (457 acres),[8] and Caherbarnagh (183 acres).


The townland of Cahercloggaun contains a cashel (ringfort) and Cahercloggaun Castle. The latter is a ruined 15th-century castle originally owned by the O'Loghlens and built in the southern corner of the ringfort. The property is mentioned several times in 16th-century documents, when inhabitants of the castle were pardoned for committed crimes.[9]:47

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  1. ^ "Cill Mhúine". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Carlisle, Nicholas (1810). A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland: Exhibiting the Names of the Several Cities, Towns, Parishes, and Villages ... Collected from the Most Authentic Documents, and Arranged in Alphabetical Order. Being a Continuation of the Topography of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. William Miller. p. 493.
  3. ^ "Kilmoon Parish; Castle of Fineen Fitzpatrick, and house of O'Davoren at Lisdoonvarna". The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost, Clare County Library. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ "St Mogua, Kilmoon, Clare". The Corpus of Romanesque Architecture in Britiain and Ireland. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Map of Civil Parishes of County Clare". Clare County Library. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Kilmoon East Townland, Kilmoon Parish". Clare County Library. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Kilmoon West Townland, Kilmoon Parish". Clare County Library. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Knockaskeheen Townland, Kilmoon Parish". Clare County Library. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  9. ^ Cunningham, George (1980). Burren Journey West. Shannonside Mid Western Regional Tourism Organisation. ISBN 0-9503080-2-1.

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