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Claremorris and the parish of Kilcolman: Local history notes

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Photograph of signpost to Claremorris in county Mayo. Claremorris and the parish of Kilcolman are the subject of this chapter in local history studies presented on Arborealis.
Signpost for Claremorris :: Clar Chlainne Mhuiris, county Mayo, by Alison Kilpatrick ©2017. Image credit.

“History is often embedded in town names. No more so than Claremorris. It derives its name from Maurice de Prendergast, who arrived in Ireland with Strongbow in 1170 and was later given a large portion of land in South Mayo. The name in Irish is sweeter —Clár Chloinne Mhuris— which means the plain of Clann Mhuiris.” — Michael Mullen, 2004. 1


The following is a list of local history notes for the town of Claremorris and the parish of Kilcolman (Clanmorris) in county Mayo, presented in chronological order: —

Note: — Until 1898, there were two parishes of the name, Kilcolman, in the county of Mayo: one in the barony of Clanmorris, and the other in the barony of Costello. The Local Government Act (Ireland) of 1898 transferred several parishes from the counties of Mayo and Galway to the county of Roscommon, including the parish of Kilcolman (Costello).

Source citation for this page: — Kilpatrick, Alison. “Claremorris and the parish of Kilcolman: Local history notes.” Online at Arborealis,, accessed [insert date of access].

Image credit: — Kilpatrick, Alison. Signpost for the town of Claremorris :: Clar Chlainne Mhuiris, parish of Kilcolman, county Mayo. Photograph and editing by Alison Kilpatrick ©2017. All rights reserved.


  1. Mullen, Michael. Mayo: The Waters and the Wild. Donaghadee, N. Ireland: Cottage Publications, 2004. (pg 66.)