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Teampall-Inis-Dia, Moy
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°51′17″N 9°24′05″W / 52.854802°N 9.401385°W / 52.854802; -9.401385Coordinates: 52°51′17″N 9°24′05″W / 52.854802°N 9.401385°W / 52.854802; -9.401385
CountyCounty Clare
45 m (148 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceQ807509

Kilfarboy (Irish: Cill Fear Buí), also called Miltown Malbay (Kilfarboy), is a civil parish on the Atlantic coast of County Clare in Ireland.[1] The largest population centre in the parish is Milltown Malbay. It is also an ecclesiastical parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe. .

Civil parish

The parish is part of the historic barony of Ibrickane. It is 5 by 4.5 miles (8.0 by 7.2 km) and covers 13,981 acres (5,658 ha). Cliffs extend along the coastline, which includes the headland of Spanish Point. The land rises in the east to the summit of Slievecallan. The main settlement is the town of Milltown Malbay.[2]


The parish was once called Kilfobrick after a monastery with that name founded in 741. Cormac, who died in 837, is said to have been bishop. No traces are left of the monastery.[3] A large sepulchral stone was found around 1784 at Loughnamina, on Mount Callan. It has an inscription in Ogham script, which was well-preserved when the stone was discovered, commemorating the death of the chief Conan.[3]

Part of the Spanish Armada was wrecked on the coast on the place since called "Spanish Point." There is the ruin of a castle at Freagh and several ancient forts.[3] The parish contains the ruins of Moy castle. The population in 1841 was 7,498 in 1,166 houses.[2]


Townlands are Aillbrack, Ballynew, Ballyvaskin North, Ballyvaskin South, Breaffy North, Breaffy South, Caherogan, Carrowkeel, Cloghaun Beg, Cloghaun More, Cloonbony, Clooneyogan North, Clooneyogan South, Dough, Drumbaun, Drummin, Fintra Beg, Fintra More, Freaghcastle, Freaghavaleen, Glendine North, Glendine South, Illaun, Illaunbaun, Kilcorcoran, Kildeema North, Kildeema South, Kilfarboy, Knockbrack, Lackamore, Leagard North, Leagard South, Leeds, Moy Beg, Moy More, Poulawillin, Silverhill, Slievenalicka, Toor and Tooreen.[4]

Catholic parish

Remains of St. Laichtins Church, Kilfarboy
Remains of St. Laichtins Church, Kilfarboy

From the late 17th century into the 19th century the old parishes of Kilmurry Ibrickane and Kilfarboy were administered as one. They were separated in the late 1830s.[5] In the Roman Catholic Church, the parish of Miltown Malbay (Kilfarboy) has two churches: "St Joseph's" (Miltown Malbay) and "St Mary's" (Moy).[6][7]




  • Lewis, Samuel (1837). "Kilfarboy". County Clare: A History and Topography. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  • "Map of Kilfarboy Parish showing Townlands". Clare county Library. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  • "Miltown Malbay (Kilfarboy) Churches". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  • "Miltown Malbay (Kilfarboy) Parish Profile". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  • "Mullagh (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  • "Kilfarboy - anciently Kilforbrick". Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland. 1845. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
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