Kilmihil (County Clare)

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Welcome to the parish of Kilmihil Co 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.


About Kilmihil

Kilmihil (Irish: Cill Mhichal, meaning Church of St. Michael the Archangel) is a village located in west County Clare.

It is believed that St. Michaelas Church was founded by St. Senan around 530AD. He dedicated this church to St. Michael. For centuries it became a place of pilgrimage to St. Michael, especially in September as his feast day is on September 29. In 1937 the Curate of the parish Fr. Patrick OaReilly, organised the improvement of the well and the surrounding area. The well is now enclosed and over this building is the Statue of St. Michael enclosed in glass.

Tradition credits the founding of a church here to St. Senan in honour of Michael the Archangel. During the reign of Pope Gelasius I (AD 492-496) an apparition of the Archangel took place on the summit of Mt. Garganus in Apulia in Italy. This apparition and the founding of the church in Kilmihil both took place during St. Senanas lifetime (488 a 554 AD). After visiting Rome about 530 AD, he returned to Ireland wishing to foster devotion to Michael. While travelling from Scattery Island to Doolough he stopped in Kilmihil where he founded the church.

Kilmihil is one of the larger parishes in West Clare. It is well known for its Holy Shrine, which attracts many pilgrims due to its holy water.

The village has three grocery stores, a pharmacy, five pubs, a post office, and several other shops. Other amenities are the credit union, library, garage, retirement village, church, and a community centre.

There is a primary school and a secondary school (St. Michaels Community College).

Kilmihil Parish Church

KIlmihil Parish Church has now an email address:

Any enquiries can be made to this address. It is also intended to publish the parish newsletter each week from now on, to any one who has suitable information on Kilmihil people home and away should contact this address.

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