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Kilmore North, County Fermanagh


Ir. An Chill Mhór “the big church”


The townland of Kilmore North is situated about a mile and a half to the north-west of Maguiresbridge while Kilmore South lies approximately two and a half miles south-west of Lisnaskea, on the shore of Upper Lough Erne.

The anglicised element Kil(l) can represent either cill “church” or coill “wood” (see Killashanbally).  Joyce suggests that the vast majority of the eighty-or-so Irish townlands which are named Kilmore are from Irish Cill Mhór “great church” (Joyce i 492).  In the case of this townland, neither Kilmore North or Kilmore South contains any known ecclesiastical remains.  However, the fact that Kilmore South was formerly a church townland and also that a short distance off its coast there is an island named Friar’s Island appears to swing the balance in favour of cill “church” rather than coill “wood” as suggested by Donnell Maguire. 

On William Petty’s atlas of Ireland dating from c.1672c, Kilmore South is shown as an island (Hib. Del. Fermanagh).  In form 15 the townland is linked with a denomination named Crahane.  The latter may refer to the little island of Creaghanarourke which lies a short distance off the shore of Kilmore South.


McKay, P and Muhr, K. 'Lough Neagh Places: Their names and origins' (2007:131)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Kilmore1609Esch. Co. Map 8 M''stephena
Killmore1615CPR Jas I 166b
Killmoree1617Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $54 Car.I
Killmore1629Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $6 Car.I
Kyllemoore1629Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $9 Car.I
Killmore1639Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $41 Car.I
Killmore1641Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $53 Car.I
Kilmore1659cCensus 1659 107
Killmore1661BSDc 34
(?)Killmore and (tate, claimed by R Netterville)1662cCourt of Claims $412
(?)Kilmore (Ochiroman+, tates Netterville)1662cCourt of Claims $412
Killmore1675ASE 231 b $40
(?)Keillmore1680BSD (Ó Maolagáin) 533
Killmore1680BSD (Ó Maolagáin) 531
Killmore1817GJM M'stephana (OSNB) B62
Killmore1824HC Sur.& Val.(OSNB) B62
Killmore1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) B62
Kilmore1833Mr Buck's Letter (OSNB) B62
~Coill Mhór ""sylva magna, great wood""1834cDonnell Maguire (OSNB) B62
Kilmore North1862Griffith's Val.
probably ~Cill-mór ""great church""1869Joyce i 492
Parish in 1851
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