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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)[2]
 • Total 1,069
Time zone UTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid Reference M342893

Kiltimagh[3] (Irish: Coillte Mach)[4] is a town in County Mayo in Ireland.


Kiltimagh railway station opened on 1 October 1895 and finally closed on 17 June 1963.[5] The station currently operates as the Kiltimagh Museum and sculpture park, with displays of local history and culture. It is pending re-opening as a railway station as part of the Western Railway Corridor.[citation needed]


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 who play at Gilmartin Park.

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 an handball club based in the town. The clubs facilities include 1 x 40x20 Court.

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


Kiltimagh Choral Festival - An annual choral festival held in February.

Saint Patrick's Festival - A week long festival held each March, with the centre piece being the long established Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Visitors to the parade have included the Oldham Scottish Pipe Band and Philadelphia's Quaker City String Band.

Coillte Home Come Festival - The festival was restarted in 2016, based on the original 1960's festival. The festival's aim is to bring back the Kiltimagh diaspora on an annual basis. The festival includes a fair at the festival field, entertainment at the Big Red Barn and various street activities in the main street.

Race2Glory - Is a multi-activity adventure race (running, cycling and a river run). The race is held during the Coillte Come Home Festival, it includes two races held over 40km (full) and 20km (sprint). The race features an river run through the local River Glore. other features include Spankers Hill, The Bog and Craggagh Hill.

Féile Oíche Shamhna Coillte Mach - Halloween Festival Kiltimagh, including the annual Spooky Walk based at the Sculpture Park in Kiltimagh.


There are two local Catholic primary schools, Saint Aidan's National School[6] in Thomas Street and Craggagh National School[7] 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 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."[8] 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.


  • Sean Lavan, An Irish sprinter. He competed in the 200m at the 1924 Summer Olympics and the 1928 Summer Olympics.
  • William Philbin, Roman Catholic bishop of Clonfert (1953–1962) and Down and Connor (1962–1982).
  • Antoine Ó Raifteiri (Anthony Raftery), the blind Irish-language poet.
  • Micheál Schlingermann, former Sligo Rovers goalkeeper, was raised in the town and also kept goal for the local GAA team at one point.
  • Gene Tunney champion Irish-American boxer, his parents John and Mary Lydon Tunney were from the town.
  • Louis Walsh, pop music manager and judge on X Factor.

External links

  • Town website
  • Kiltimagh Facebook Page
  • Kiltimagh Museum
  • Kiltimagh News


  1. ^ Kiltimagh on 25" OSI Map Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Kiltimagh". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 2018-07-22. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kiltimagh Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
  5. ^ "Kilitmagh station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  6. ^ Saint Aidan's National School
  7. ^ Craggagh National School
  8. ^ culchie, n. (and adj.) Oxford English Dictionary, second edition. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
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