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Coillte Mach
Kiltimagh is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation[1] 68 m (223 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Urban 1,427 [2]
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M342893

Kiltimagh[3] (Irish: Coillte Mach)[4] is a town in County Mayo in Ireland. Initially the town was called Newtown Brown, but by the beginning of the 19th century the name had changed to Kiltimagh. George Browne (a local MP and landlord), was responsible for starting a market in Kiltimagh at the end of the 17th century. Kiltimagh as it is today is the product of the hard work, initiative and imagination of Dr Denis O'Hara, Parish Priest. His first task was building a new Church and 8 national schools in the area. Then, with the help of the St Louis Sisters, primary and technical schools were set up to provide instruction in household management, sewing, carpentry and horticulture, to foster a sense of self-sufficiency and well being. He was responsible for the town's comprehensive circular roads, the town sewage and gas system, the Town Hall, the Cottage Hospital, 'People's Park' and Factory Field.[5]

"Coillte Mach"

The correct name in Gaeilge is Coillte Mághach (or Coillte Mach) – 'The Woods of Mághach'. Mághach was a chieftain of the Fir Bolg, the earliest Celtic people to colonize Bronze Age Ireland. The Fir Bolg were defeated by the Tuatha e Danaan at the Battle of Moytura, southwest of present day Kiltimagh. Mághach, one of the defeated chieftains sought refuge on Sliabh Cairn mountain which was then wooded - 'Coillte Mághach'. Subsequently, after his death he was buried on the mountain, and the area came to be called after him.[6]


The Oxford English Dictionary describes the etymology of the word "culchie", as being a mildly derogatory term for a country person or one not from the city of Dublin, as "Apparently alteration of Kiltimagh, Irish Coillte Mach (older Mághach), the name of a country town in Co. Mayo. [7] The word "culchie" is derived from the Irish word "coillte", the plural of coill, the Irish word for "wood", an area of growing trees. It was used, mainly in Mayo and Galway, by townspeople as a condescending reference to people from rural areas. It came into use in Dublin in the mid sixties as a counter to the country people’s use of the word "Jackeen" for Dublin people.


Kiltimagh railway station opened on 1 October 1895 and finally closed on 17 June 1963.[8] The station currently operates as the Kiltimagh Museum and sculpture park, with displays of local history and culture. It is a railway station which is part of the Western Railway Corridor.


There are a number of sporting teams based in Kiltimagh

Kiltimagh GAA or in Irish (CLG Coillte Mach) is a Gaelic football club located in Kiltimagh, their home ground is Gilmartin Park. The club was founded in 1887.

Kiltimagh Knock United FC who currently play in the Mayo Super League, their home ground is CMS Park, Cloonlee, on the Knock/Kiltimagh Road.

Mayo Volleyball Club (Volleyball Ireland's Division Two Champions in 2017), play their home games at Saint Louis Community School.

Kiltimagh Handball Club is both an adult and juvenile club based in the town.

Kiltimagh Giants Basketball Club was established in 2002 to cater for boys and girls aged between 8-16 years.


There are two local Catholic primary schools, Saint Aidan's National School[9] in Thomas Street and Craggagh National School[10] is 4 km outside the town on the R324 road. The local secondary school is Saint Louis Community School, formerly a Catholic convent school and secondary school.


The town holds a number of festivals throughout the year:

Saint Patrick's Festival since 1989 in Kiltimagh, St. Patrick's Day Festival which has evolved to become a week long celebration of Irish tradition and culture. The Quaker City String Band from Philadelphia has visited Kiltimagh for the Saint Patrick's Day Parade on many occasions, adding to the international flavour and colour of the week. Another regular visitors are The Oldham Scottish Pipe Band. The highlight of the festival is the parade. The festival is organised by Kiltimagh Tourism Festivals

Coillte Come Home Festival was originally started in 1968 as a way of raising money for the town's GAA club for the development of their pitch, the festival was aimed at bringing the Kiltimagh Diaspora back home. The original festival run unitl 1974. In 2016 Kiltimagh Tourism Festivals brought back the festival with great success, it has been held annually in July ever since and still runs with the same aim of bringing the Kiltimagh Diapora back home and celebrating all things Kiltimagh.

Race2Glory is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running and a river run, taking place annually in July in and around Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. there are 2 separate races. The “Full Race” (40km in total) as well as the “Sprint Race” (20km in total) course that was introduced in 2015.

Kiltimagh One Act Drama Festival is an annual Drama Festival organised by the town's Clann Machua Drama Group. The Festival is held over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Kiltimagh Choral Festival is an annual Choral Festival, held at The Park Hotel in Kiltimagh, the festival is organised by Cill Aodáin Choral Society and held in February each year.

Spooky Walk is an annual Halloween event held at the Sculpture Park in Kiltimagh. The walk is organised by Kiltimagh Amenity Park and this growing year on year.


  • Antoine Ó Raifteiri (Anthony Raftery), the blind Irish-language poet
  • Frank Feely SDLP politician in Northern Ireland.
  • Patrick Joseph Burke (P.J) Feb3 1923-1 Nov 2015. Developer and civil engineering contractor. Later employed Tom Carney
  • Anthony Joseph Carney, developer and chief contractor on the London Underground during its post World War II expansion.
  • William Philbin, Roman Catholic bishop of Clonfert (1953–1962) and Down and Connor (1962–1982)
  • Louis Walsh, pop music manager and judge on X Factor
  • Gene Tunney champion Irish-American boxer his parents John and Mary Lydon Tunney are from the town
  • Micheál Schlingermann Sligo Rovers Goalkeeper, was raised in the town and also kept goal for the local GAA team at one point.
  • Darren Randolph, Irish Goalkeeper his Mother is from the town.
  • Jim McDonagh Former Ireland Goalkeeper and current Goalkeeping coach his father came from the nearby parish of Midfield.
  • Shane Horgan Former Ireland Rugby Winger and Actress Sister Sharon Horgan their Grandparents came from the nearby parish of Midfield and their cousin is a well known publican in the town.
  • Leighton Aspell Top Irish National Hunt jockey and his brother Paddy their Grandmother came from the nearby parish of Midfield.
  • Greg Rusedski former UK No 1 Tennis player his wife's family are from the nearby parish of Midfield.
  • Paul Scholes the ex Manchester United and England midfielder his Grandmother was Kathleen Brennan from Cultrasna.

External links

  • Kiltimagh Museum
  • race2glory
  • Coillte Come Home
  • Kiltimagh Amenity Park
  • Kiltimagh GAA
  • Kiltimagh Knock United


  1. ^ Kiltimagh on 25" OSI Map Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ Census 2011 - Preliminary results: Actual and percentage change in population 2006 to 2011 by Province County City Urban area Rural area and Electoral division by District, Year and Statistic Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Central Statistics Office Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kiltimagh Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
  5. ^ History of Kiltimagh Retrieved: 2018-06-18.
  6. ^ Kiltimagh History in Co. Mayo Retrieved: 2018-06-18.
  7. ^ culchie, n. (and adj.) Oxford English Dictionary, second edition. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
  8. ^ "Kilitmagh station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  9. ^ Saint Aidan's National School
  10. ^ Craggagh National School
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