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Kilcormac

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Main Street, Kilcormac
Kilcormac is a city in County Offaly, Ireland located on the N52 at its junction with the R437 regional road, between the towns of Tullamore and Birr.

Kilcormac used to be called Frankford. The name Kilcormac comes from the Irish Cill Chormaic. This name is based on the local patron saint - St Cormac. It is a small town whose local population were predominantly employed by Bord na Móna to work the local peat bogs. Kilcormac is in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The Silver River flows through the village.

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On the Tullamore to Birr Road

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Walk or cycle

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  • The Kilcormac Pieta. The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kilcormac is the home of the beautiful Kilcormac Pieta which dates from the 16th century. The Pieta is a statue of Our Lady holding the body of Jesus after he had been taken from the Cross. The scene was a very popular subject for sculptors in the Middle Ages in Europe and the most famous one that exists to this day is by Michelangelo in St. Peter’s. But the Kilcormac “Pieta” is different, being carved from a block of solid oak and measuring five feet by three. It is a very beautiful carving and is believed to be the only one of its kind and era in Ireland. It is a subject of great devotion in the area and the wonderful story of its survival, which was passed on by word of mouth for generations, was finally written down by the former parish priest of Kilcormac, the late Father Andrew Shaw.  edit
  • St Cormacs Well. Drop into any of the friendly bars on the highstreet and get directions over a pint of Guiness.  edit

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Kilcormac does have a range of activities you can enjoy, such as the KDA center has many activites for locals and visitors. You can picnic on benches by the river, or if the weather allows you can use one of the many meadows instead. The pubs are friendly, especially feighreys and gracelands (sorry if i spelt your names wrong) and the people friendly too.

If you want a challenge find St Cormacs well, its a quaint little wishing well on the outskirts of town, but like many of the hidden treasures Kilcormac has not made it easy to find, there are also a few stones near the silver river, which were once part of a monestary, whilst today not much to view as only a few remain - it is still an important historical site.

Therefore you should visit Kilcormac as part of a tourist trip to ireland and find out from the locals exactly what else this lovely little village has hidden, But remember to keep it a secret, as the town itself does.

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  • Frank O'Sullivan. Groceries  edit
  • Centra Killcormac. Groceries and petrol  edit


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  • Supermacs. Fast food  edit


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Ballyboy village is home to the thatched pub Dan and Molly's and features traditional music and dancing at the weekends. The old mill building has an interesting medieval carved head set into the wall. An 1816 First Fruits ruined church is prominent in the street scape.



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