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Bowling

Bowling (with the first syllable pronounced as bough and not to be confused with ten-pin bowling or indoor/outdoor bowling) is a sport that was common to this area of Clare. It was the vigorous under-arm throwing of a steel ball along the main Ennis-Kilrush road, over a two miles course. The winner was the person who covered the distance in the least number of throws.

This was a popular pastime in the old days before traffic on the road became a problem for the bowlers. However the tradition continues along country roads in some parts of the country today, particularly in the southern counties.

Ceol Chill Mhichil

Ceol Chill Mhichil was an annual August week-end event in the parish. Musicians came to Kilmihil from all over Ireland. The Liverpool Ceili Band travelled over for the occasion, as did musicians from several other countries. The Fainne Oir Ceili Band of the 1950′s and 1960′s established Kilmihil as a traditional music centre.

Dance Hall

The Dance Hall was a major feature of village life in the 40s and 50s, here Desmond Millican recalls those days. Thanks to Cuimhneamh an Chláir for recording this lovely recollection.

Devotions at St Michael's Well and Shrine

For centuries Kilmihil became a place of pilgrimage to St. Michael especially in September as his feast day is on September 29th. You can find out more about the origins of this devotion and what it involved in a page dedicated to the history of the well and shrine.

Knockalough Races

In the townland of Knockalough the big event of the year in the early 1900′s was the “races.” These races attracted huge crowds of spectators, hawkers and traders from all over the West of Ireland. The only comparable event in more recent times was the annual Fleadh Ceoil.