Kiltimagh or Coillte Maghach

Historical facts about Kiltimagh

The correct name in Gaelic is Coillte Maghach (or Coillte Mach) – The Woods of Maghach.
Maghach was a chieftain of the Fir Bolg, the earliest Celtic people to colonise Bronze Age Ireland. The Celts were an Iron Age people, and Irish mythology tells of three Celtic invasions in which the Bronze Age culture was replaced by the superior Iron Age culture.
The Fir Bolg were defeated by the Tuatha e Danaan (the second wave of Iron Age Celts) at the Battle of Moytura, south-west of modern Kiltimagh. Maghach, one of the defeated chieftains, sought refuge on Mount Sliabh Cairn, which was forested at the time, i.e. Coillte Maghach. After his death, he was buried on the mountain and the area was named after him.
This legend is typical of invasion myths. The story locates the burial of a Celtic chieftain in an area that was ritually important to the preceding culture, i.e. in a Bronze Age cemetery. In this way, the old sacred site was taken over by the new, dominant culture.
Kiltimagh, a picturesque town in the heart of the county, is centrally located for touring the west. Kiltimagh is admired by visitors for its beautiful 19th century craft village, reflected in the shop fronts and market place, and for the many attractions and amenities it offers visitors.
Kiltimagh's central location, attractions and amenities make it an ideal base for touring the West. Kiltimagh is only one hour from Sligo, Galway, Westport and Achill, 20 minutes from Ireland West Airport Knock and Foxford Woollen Mills and only 10 minutes from Knock Marian Shrine.
Kiltimagh is rich in history and was the birthplace of Raifteirí - the blind poet. 
If you come to Kiltimagh, you can experience what Irish tradition and culture is all about.
Today's Kiltimagh is the result of the hard work, initiative and ingenuity of the Reverend Denis O'Hara. His first task was to build a new church and 8 state schools in the area. Then, with the help of the Sisters of St Louis, primary and technical schools were established to provide instruction in housekeeping, sewing, carpentry and horticulture to foster a sense of self-reliance and well-being. He was responsible for the city's extensive ring roads, the municipal sewage and gas system, City Hall, Cottage Hospital, People's Park and Factory Field.
Killedan Churchyard
The name derives from Cill Liadain, the Church of Liadan, and not, as Douglas Hyde translated it, Cill Aodain. (O Donovans Letters: 1838). At some time in the 19th century, Franciscan monks, known as the Grey friars, were said to have used this church.


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