Kilfintinan (County Clare)
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The 1821-1851 census returns were almost destroyed in a fire, the 1861-1891 census returns were destroyed by the Government. The 1901-1911 census returns are available on line free of charge on line on the National Archives of Ireland website.
Content on the parish
This parish is in the barony of Lower Bunratty, Co Clare but it is partly in the region of Sixemilebridge. It is very near the main corridor netween Ennis and Limerick.
Roman Catholic Divisions (R.C) form part of a union of the parish itself.
Cratloe Church is one of three remaining barn churches in the country. The church is dedicated to St John. Near the door of the church in the main aisle in Cratloe Church there is an inscription ‘VIMFC 1791' which commemorates the date of the building of the church. This church was originally built in 1791 by Fr James Ward P.P. Fr Ward was responsible for building the chancel and nave of the church. In 1806 further work was carried on the church when Fr Jeremiah Cronin built the transepts of the church. In the right transept of the church there is a medieval doorway. The doorway is believed to come from either Craughaun Church or Kilfintinan Church. The church was re-roofed in the 1950s and the original slates were put back on the roof. Fr Micheal Liston carried out recently more work on the church in 1990. St John's Church is a very popular church for weddings. In fact, the door in the left transept is popularly called the bridal door as the bride enters the church by this door. There is also a plaque to the poet Donnachadh Ruadh Mac Conmara on the back wall of the church. In 1828 Daniel O'Connell made a speech outside Cratloe Church.
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