Kilmaine, Co Mayo

Kilmaine village is located on the N84 between Shrule and Ballinrobe.

Kilmaine’s hinterland is rural with excellent quality land; with many farms including homes. The nearest town is Ballinrobe with Galway only a short distance away to the south.

The name Kilmaine is derived from the Irish language meaning The Middle Church.  Kill is the Irish word for Church with meán meaning middle.

The current population is around two hundred, while the surrounding rural population is nearly 1000.

This well maintained village has a post office, a Church which has a beautiful Harry Clarke stained-glass window, a School and a Garda station. It also has a GAA football pitch which was founded in March 1937 and St. Patrick’s Community Centre which is used for a broad variety of events and functions.

There are quite a number of archaeological monuments and Castles around Kilmaine with the most notable being Rausakeera ringfort, which was once an inauguration site for local rulers.

There is a well maintained ruin of an Abbey and graveyard right at the heart of the village.

Below, one will find a variety of articles kindly submitted by people actually living in Kilmaine or who are frequent visitors to the area and we hope to build on this information.  

We thank those contributors who help to "Capture it before it disappears forever"

All are welcome to submit their memories, photographs, stories or articles on Kilmaine.

Editor: myhistoricalballinrobe@gmail.com

Page link: Farming in South Mayo Long Ago - Kilmaine
Farming in South Mayo Long Ago - Kilmaine
Hay-making, the harvest and threashing around Kilmaine
Page link: Kilmaine and Kille Abbeys
Kilmaine and Kille Abbeys
By Evelyn Keane
Page link: Kilmaine Forges
Kilmaine Forges
by Evelyn Keane
Page link: Kilmaine, Co. Mayo
Kilmaine, Co. Mayo
By Evelyn Keane
Page link: Rutherford big House, Kilmaine, Co. Mayo
Rutherford big House, Kilmaine, Co. Mayo
Plans, sketch drawings and map
 

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