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Including Ballyglunin, Belclare, Sylane

Corofin is one of the biggest parishes in the Archdiocese of Tuam. The ecclesiastical name of the parish is Cummer and Kilmoylan. The parish priest resides in Corofin and the curate always resided in Belclare. The population of Corofin has been growing steadily in recent years and over one hundred new houses alone have been constructed in the hinterland of Corofin village itself inside the last five years.

In a recent calculation there are now 820 families approximately in the Corofin side of the parish. The number of baptisms in the church of St. Colman in Corofin last year came to sixty-nine. Newcomers the parish, have a number of organisations to chose from if they wish to be become involved in the community - a number of which we list below.

Strangers often associated "Corofin" in County Clare which was made famous by Percy French, but now our Corofin is well known throughout the entire country mainly through the great success of the G.A.A. club both on and off the field.

The Clare river flowingthrough Corofin County Galway

Corofin Castle Corofin County Galway Ireland

Cummer & Kilmoylan is the older title of the parish. Strictly, Belclare (the mouth of the plain) and Killower (the church beside the well) might also be added. Cummer, meaning confluence, refers to the meeting of the Clare and its tributaries - the Grange & the Abbert.  Kilmoylan is translated as the Church of the Mound.

The popular name for this parish is Corofin (Coire Finne), meaning a large pool of clean, clear water. Corofin was an important centre in Norman times because there was a ford at Corofin across a large expanse of water which covered one-third of the parish. This was the only crossing point available between the two large areas of water stretching from south west of Tuam to Lackagh.

As Penal Laws began to wane in 1760, a low thatched church was built at Corofin. The present church begun in 1829 by a Belclare man, Fr. Pat Canavan, was completed and dedicated to St. Colman in 1844.

A Corofin native, Bishop Patrick Duggan of Clonfert,* declined the honour of being the first Patron of the GAA, giving the honour to the younger man, Archbishop Thomas Croke of Cashel.

GAA football pitch in Corofin County Galway Ireland



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