Kilmihil is about 18 miles south west of Ennis, the county town of Clare. The name Kilmihil derives from the local church (Cill Mhichil is Irish for Church of St Michael).
Activities during COVID-19 precautions
Please follow the Community Facebook page where we will endeavour to update you about local activitities and notifications.
Covid-19 Emergency Benefit Forms can be picked up in Kilmihil Post Office, Church Street, Kilmihil, thanks to Kilmihil Library. Information online will be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/cb3726-jobseekers-payments/?referrer=/jobseekers/
We are very lucky to have excellent local shops and services so no-one should run short of food or essentials.
Fr Peter has written a personal letter to the parish about community and looking after ourselves and one another at this time, the full text of his letter is reproduced on the Parish Newsletter page here.
There will be no public celebration of Mass – a full copy of Bishop Fintan Monahan’s statement, which includes the arrangements for weddings and funerals, will be found on this site at /pastoral-message-of-bishop-fintan-monahan/. Mass can be viewed daily online or on RTE follow this link for more information.
How to get to Kilmihil
The village is served by a bus service that runs from Ennis to Kilkee, details and times can be found on Getthere.ie, the bus stop is outside Daly’s Bar in Main Street.
If travelling by car the GPS coordinates for the centre of Kilmihil are Latitude: 52.72386, Longitude: -9.32126
Kilmihil, as a rural village, is remarkably self-sufficient with two primary schools, a secondary level school, doctor, pharmacy, library, post office and range of retailers and services. We also have two community centres (St Michael’s Community Centre and The Meadow), GAA and soccer pitches; an athletics track and a beautiful shrine to St Michael. A community park is currently under construction in the village and will add significantly to the resources of the village once completed.
Thank you to Shane Lorigan of Lorigan Media for this lovely video of his home village.
The strong community ethos and long history of volunteering mean that the village is adept at creating and providing social activities and supports for its community.
The Village Origins
A church dedicated to St Michael the Archangel was believed to have been built here, by St Senan, around 530AD. The ruins of the medieval church of St Michael can still be seen today in the old graveyard.
Adjacent to the old graveyard and church ruins are a holy well that can be traced back to the 1630s and St Michael’s Shrine completed in 1937.
The economy is primarily agricultural and for many years a successful mart was based in the village. This site has a section dedicated to the History of Kilmihil where you can find out more and also access a certain amount of genealogy information.