The parish of Kiltullagh Killimordaly was first established in 1818 following the amalgamation of the parishes of Kiltullagh and Killimordaly. Located in east Galway 22 miles east of Galway City, six miles to the south-east of Athenry and seven miles north-west of Loughrea. Kiltullagh Killimordaly is surrounded by the parishes of Athenry, Kilconieran, Bullaun/New Inn, and Gurteen.

This area has a recorded history from the ancient Eiscir Riada which crosses the parish to its modern equivalent the M6 motorway, and its boundaries contains many historical sites and buildings which reflect the rich historical tapestry of Ireland. The parish formed part of ancient territory of Hymany and was the stronghold of the O’Kellys. The north western portion of Hymany was known as Maonaig (the plain of Maon) and included the parishes of Kilconieran, Kiltullagh and Killimor. In the 14th and 15th centuries the parish of Kiltullagh/Killimordaly was referred to as Kiltullagh Moanmaigh.

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Kiltullagh-Killimordaly Parish Historical Archive

Kiltullagh-Killimordaly Parish Historical Archive has been established. A considerable amount of historical research has been undertaken by many different parishioners and people close to the parish. This includes family history, social history, religious history, school history and so on. The parish is lucky in that much of the 1821 census survived the Four Courts fire of 1921. Thus records from 1821, 1825, 1855, and some school records from the 1880s exist. In addition, there are the parish church records from 1838, the 1901 and 1911 census records and the civil records from 1864. Thus family history research in the parish can yield good results. Add this to the social history, folklore, etc of the parish and there is a goldmine waiting to be discovered.

The aim of the archive is to gather the information from disparate sources and store it in one place, making is accessible for current and future generations. Currently, the archive does not contain the parish church records from 1838, the 1901 and 1911 census records or the civil records from 1864. It does contain:

  •   Records from 1821, 1825, 1855, and some school records from the 1880s
  •   Books written by authors from the parish and surrounding area
  •   School histories and photographs
  •    Family histories for some families from the parish and surrounding area
  •    A collection of photographs from the parish and surrounding area
  •    Maps

The Parish Archive is located in Kiltullagh National School and is available for consultation by appointment only. It is not intended to make the information or photographs available on the internet – a List of Contents will be available.

We would be delighted if you would consider donating a copy of your research to the Parish Archive (books, photographs, etc. are welcome). This may help current or future generations who are researching the same subject matter – be it family history, folklore, social history etc. All donations will be gratefully received and acknowledged.

For further information contact Kieran Jordan on



“The Memorial Inscriptions and Related History of Kiltullagh, Killimordaly and Esker Graveyards” Con Mulvey. Kiltullagh Community Council, 1998.

  • Memorial Inscriptions of Kiltullagh Graveyard and Kiltullagh Church Graveyard. (Kiltullagh/​Killimordaly Parish)
  • Memorial Inscriptions of Killimordaly Graveyard. (Kiltullagh/​Killimordaly Parish)
  • Memorial Inscriptions of Esker Graveyard. (Kiltullagh/​Killimordaly Parish)
  • List of Surnames as abstracted from Killimordaly Church
  • Death Burial Index – as abstracted from the church death registers and the caretakers registers
  • Aerial photos, gravestone photos, graveyard maps, parish background information

“The Leaving of Loughrea – An Irish Family in the Great Famine” by Stephen Lally.

Stephen Lally lives near London, England, and has a great interest in how people lived in previous times. This is the story of the Lally family between 1818 and 1848. It could just as easily be your story if you have ancestors who were among over a million people who left the beautiful and tragic land of Ireland in the 1840s.

On the 1821 Census of Kiltullagh Killimordaly, the Lally family lived in Knockatogher until a tragic event in July 1821 brought shame on the family. They later moved to the Loughrea area, and their story is similar to that of so many Irish families as they struggled against the odds, were overwhelmed by the tragedy of the Great Famine, and were forced to leave their beloved homeland.

The story is broad enough to be of interest to anybody with ancestors from Ireland and, obviously, to anybody from Kiltullagh/Killimordaly and in Loughrea today.

For more information and to purchase the book, go to

Kiltullagh/Killimordaly as the centuries passed : a history from 1500-1900
Edited by Kieran Jordan. Published by Kiltullagh/Killimordaly Historical Society, 2000

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