Corofin (Corrofin, County Clare
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or ''Coradh Finne'') is a village on the
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in northern
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and also a parish of the same name in the Catholic Diocese of Killaloe. The 2016 population was 776, up from 689 in 2011.


The name Corofin means "the white or foam-flecked ford" from the ga, Finn Coradh, the earliest form of the name to be found in the literature: "fearann re hucht Finn Coradh". - hUidhrín, 15c. Topographical PoemA different translation is "Finne's weir". The town is sometimes spelled "Corrofin". Corofin also styles itself as "The Gateway to the Burren" or "The Angler's Paradise".


The village is north of the county town of
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, at the crossroads of the R460 and R476 regional roads. It is on the southern edge of the upland limestone region of The Burren. Corofin is in the
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of Kilnaboy in the Barony of Inchiquin. It lies across the townlands of Baunkyle, Laghtagoona and Kilvoydan. It lies in the Kilnaboy parish of the
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. The parish has three churches, St Brigid's in Corofin, St Joseph's in Kilnaboy and St Mary's in Rath.

Places of interest

On Church Street is the former
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, ''St. Catherine's Church'', built between 1715 and 1720 by Catherine Kneightly. It was renovated c. 1820 and by 1829 the steeple had been added. The building is now in use by the Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre. Inchiquin Castle is located a few kilometers from Corfin, on the north side of Lake Inchiquin. It was possibly built by Teige-an-Chomhaid O'Brien (d. 1466). In 1542, it belonged to Turlough, son of Murrough, first Baron of Inchiquin. Murrough O'Brien, the fourth Baron, was in possession in 1580. During the
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it was attacked, and towards the end of the 17th century it was abandoned. Today the castle is a ruin surrounded by pastures. Part of the older castle tower is still extant as is a portion of the later 17th-century banquet hall.

Town twinning

Corofin is twinned with Tonquédec in France.

Notable people

* Chartres Brew, 19th century Gold commissioner, Chief Constable and
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in the Colony of British Columbia * Frederick William Burton, 19th-century painter and director of the
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, London * Tony Killeen, (born 1952), Fianna Fáil politician, former
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(TD) for the Clare constituency and Minister for Defence * Benjamin Lucas, soldier of the 17th century * Gerry Quinn,
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left-wing back (born 1980)

See also

* List of towns and villages in Ireland * O'Dea Castle * Battle of Dysert O'Dea


;Sources * Michael Mac Mahon, ''The Parish of Corofin: A Historical Profile'', .

External links

Corofin on Clare Library Website

{{Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe Towns and villages in County Clare Parishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe