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Kilmihil, West Clare


Centrally located between the surrounding villages of Cree, Cooraclare, Cranny and Lissycasey, the village is a short distance from the main N68 route between Ennis and Kilrush.

Kilmihil’s origins date back to Early Christian times when St. Michael’s Church was founded by St. Senan. For centuries it became a place of pilgrimage to St. Michael, especially in September, as his feast day is on September 29.  The shrine of St. Michael is located on the village main street.

Kilmihil has a proud sporting tradition and is home to St Pat’s soccer club, Kilmihil Athletic Club – one of the oldest active athletics clubs in County Clare – and Kilmihil GAA. The village is the birthplace of Clare senior football manager Colm Collins, Olympians Thomas O’Donohue and Michael Ryan, and Irish rugby stars Eimear Considine and Edel McMahon.

Knockalough, located just to the east of the village, is a popular birdwatching site and is a great spot for a leisurely stroll. Merlin, Hen Harriers, Cuckoos and Ring-necked Ducks all have been identified at this picturesque setting in the past. Next to Knockalough is Ryan’s Cottage, which offers an eco micro-farmstay.

The village features a comprehensive range of services including a primary and post-primary school, a petrol station, public houses, a supermarket, pharmacy, and several other small retail outlets.

Kilmihil is 15-minutes’ drive from the large West Clare town of Kilrush, home to popular visitor attractions such as the West Coast Aqua Park, Vandeleur Walled Gardens Experience, Cappa Blue-Flag Beach, and Kilrush Marina with its daily boat trips to Scattery Island.