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An Tulach
Street scene in Tulla
Street scene in Tulla
Tulla is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°52′08″N 8°45′36″W / 52.869°N 8.760°W / 52.869; -8.760Coordinates: 52°52′08″N 8°45′36″W / 52.869°N 8.760°W / 52.869; -8.760
CountyCounty Clare
53 m (174 ft)
 • Total662
Irish Grid ReferenceR484798

Tulla (Irish: An Tulach, meaning "hill") is a town in County Clare, Ireland. The town is the commercial centre for Tulla parish and the surrounding area, and is around 15 km east of Ennis. Tulla church was founded about 620 by Mochuille and the town received its town charter in the 13th century. The name may also refer to two half-baronies around the town.


Tulla is a town and a parish in the barony of Tulla Upper.[2] It is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of Ennis. The parish has many ruins of old castles. On the hill on which the town of Tulla stands there is the ruin of an old abbey and of a druidical altar. The parish covers 6,193 hectares (15,300 acres), including a large area of mountain and some bog. There are limestone caverns at Kiltanon, holding many petrified shells.[3] The Roman Catholic parish churches are Saints Peter & Paul in Tulla, St James in Knockjames and the Immaculate Conception in Drumcharley.[4]

The townlands are Affick, Annagh, Ardbooly Lower, Ardbooly Upper, Ballyblood, Ballyoughtra, Ballyoughtra (O'Callaghan), Ballyslattery or Newgrove, Bunavory, Cloghaun, Cloonaleary, Cloondanagh, Cloondoorney Beg, Cloondoorney More, Cloonteen, Commons, Cragg, Craggaunkeel, Cragroe, Cutteen Beg, Cutteen More, Derrykeadgran, Derrymore East, Derrymore West, Derryulk Lower, Derryulk Middle, Derryulk Upper, Doonaun, Drumcharley, Drummaghmartin, Drumullan, Eyrehill, Fomerla, Fortane Beg, Fortane More, Furhee, Garruragh, Glendree, Gorteennaguppoge, Gorteenaneelig, Kilboggoon, Kilduff Lower, Kilduff Middle, Kilduff Upper, Kilmore, Kiltanon, Knockadoon, Knockdoocunna, Knockdrumleague, Lahardaun, Lecarrow North, Lecarrow South, Liscullaun, Lisduff, Lissofin, Loughaun North, Loughaun South, Maryfort or Lismeehan, Milltown, Moymore, Poulaforia, Rannagh, Rine, Rosslara, Tome, Tulla, Tyredagh Lower, Tyredagh Upper, Uggoon Lower and Uggoon Upper.[5]


In 1837 Tulla Samuel Lewis described Tulla. "This place appears to have some claims to antiquity; there are numerous remains of ancient castles, formerly the residences of its landed proprietors. The town is pleasantly situated on a hill, and is surrounded with highly interesting scenery, enlivened with numerous elegant seats and pleasing villas. The principal trade is derived from its situation on a public thoroughfare, and is chiefly confined to the supply of the surrounding neighbourhood."[3]

Notable persons and institutions[edit]


In 1845, the population of the Tulla parish was estimated at around 9,000. But by 1851 the population had decreased to roughly 6,700.

The current population of the town of Tulla is 662.


Tulla has a GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Club which was founded in 1887. Its home pitch is Dr Daly Memorial Park, named after the famous goalkeeper, Dr. Tommy Daly. Tulla also has a soccer club called "Tulla United A.F.C", which was founded in 1970.


Tulla is also notable for a famous céilí band, the Tulla Céilí Band.[7] and famous pipe band, St Patrick's Pipe Band or known locally as Tulla Pipe Band which was formed on 7 January 1936.


Primary education in Tulla is provided by St Mochulla's National School. Secondary education is provided by St Joseph's Secondary School, which was founded in 1950.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
  2. ^ "Tulla, Tullagh, or Tulloh". Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland. 1845. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Samuel (1995) [1837]. County Clare, A History and Topography. Ennis: CLASP Press. pp. 123–124. ISBN 1-900545-00-4. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  4. ^ "Tulla Churches". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  5. ^ "Map of Tulla Parish showing Townlands". Clare County Library. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  6. ^ "Theophilus O'Flanagan". Ricorso: Digital materials for the study and appreciation of Anglo-Irish Literature.
  7. ^ "Clare Places - Tulla: Historical Background". Clarelibrary.ie. Retrieved 2014-03-03.

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