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Coillte Mach
Main street
Main street
Kiltimagh is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000Coordinates: 53°50′58″N 9°00′00″W / 53.8494°N 9.0000°W / 53.8494; -9.0000
CountyCounty Mayo
Elevation68 m (223 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceM342893

Kiltimagh (Irish: Coillte Mach)[3] is a town in County Mayo in Ireland.[4] As of the 2016 census, the town had a population of 1,069 people.[2]


Kiltimagh railway station opened on 1 October 1895, and finally closed on 17 June 1963.[5] The station currently operates as the Kiltimagh Museum and sculpture park, with displays of local history and culture. It had been proposed to re-open as a railway station as part of the Western Railway Corridor.[citation needed]


Among the sporting teams based in Kiltimagh, Kiltimagh GAA (in Irish CLG Coillte Mach) is a Gaelic football club located in Kiltimagh who play at Gilmartin Park.

Kiltimagh Knock United FC play in the Mayo Super League and have their home ground is CMS Park in Cloonlee.

Mayo Volleyball Club were Volleyball Ireland's Division Two champions in 2017, and play their home games at Saint Louis Community School.

Kiltimagh Handball Club is a handball club in the town. Kiltimagh Giants Basketball Club is a local basketball club which was established in 2002.[citation needed]


Local festivals include the annual Kiltimagh Choral Festival (held in February), the week-long Saint Patrick's Festival and parade (held in March), and Féile Oíche Shamhna Coillte Mach (a Halloween festival which includes a 'spooky walk' at the sculpture park in Kiltimagh).[citation needed]

Other events include the Coillte Home Come Festival, which was restarted in 2016, and is based on an earlier 1960s festival.[citation needed] Its aim is to bring back Kiltimagh's diaspora on an annual basis and includes a fair at the festival field, entertainment at the Big Red Barn and other activities in the main street.[citation needed] Race2Glory is a multi-activity adventure race (running, cycling and a river run) which is held during the Coillte Come Home Festival.[citation needed]


There are two local Catholic primary schools, Saint Aidan's National School[6] in Thomas Street and Craggagh National School[7] is 4 km outside the town on the R324 road. The local secondary school is Saint Louis Community School, formerly a Catholic convent school and secondary school.


The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that the word "culchie", a mildly derogatory term for a country person or one not from Dublin city, may be an "alteration of Kiltimagh, Irish Coillte Mach (older Mághach), the name of a country town in Co. Mayo".[8] Other sources suggest that "culchie" is derived from the Irish word coillte, the Irish word for "woods" or "forests".[9]



  1. ^ Kiltimagh on 25" OSI Map Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ a b "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Kiltimagh". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ Kiltimagh Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
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  5. ^ "Kilitmagh station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  6. ^ Saint Aidan's National School
  7. ^ Craggagh National School
  8. ^ culchie, n. (and adj.) Oxford English Dictionary, second edition. Retrieved: 2012-03-22.
  9. ^ "4 Possible Origins Of The Word 'Culchie'". Retrieved 6 August 2019.

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