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Killoe is situated about 6 miles North of Longford town. It is the largest parish in the county. It is bordered by Newtownforbes, Drumlish, Ballinamuck, Ballinalee, Edgeworthtown and Longford. Killoe is very centrally located in relation to entry points into Ireland (Shannon, Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Knock).

The main routes from Dublin to the west of Ireland run through Longford and come close to Killoe



The history of Killoe goes back a long time. In the 1600's and 1700's areas as far away as Dromard, Ballinamuck and Newtownforbes fell in the Parish of Killoe. Even at present Killoe consists of two vilages - Ennybegs and Cullyfad. It was dominated, as in other parts, by the English, who had many large estates in the area. In the 1800's there were more than 16 estates in Killoe. Carriglass Estate is the only working estate left, although not as large as it once was.

There are several old graveyards in Killoe. Killoe old graveyard at Killoe Glebe, in the grounds of The Protestant church, has been renovated by Killoe Development Group. The graves have been indexed and it is hoped to have a booklet published, so that people can easily find the graves of their relatives.
There are several 'Ringforts' in the Parish. The one on the Ballinalee Road, was excavated and bones and artifacts were found. The Fort itself was covered again.

There are many older parishioners around who will gladly inform people of local traditions, folklore and history.



The major attractions that Killoe has to offer its visitors, are its tranquility, large areas of bogland and the magnificant views from the Southern and South-Eastern slopes of Cornhill (the highest point in County Longford).

Killoe is fortunate that it is central to all major fishing centres in the Midlands. The Cavan and Leitrim lakes are only a short driving distance away, while the famous hotwater stretch on the Shannon at Lanesboro and other well known fisheries are only casting distance from your comfortable accommodation in Killoe.

Killoe boasts very good bed and breakfast accommodation as well as selfcatering accommodation. The latter being wheelchair accessible. For your nighttime entertainment there are two comfortable public houses, where music is often supplied at weekends.

Killoe is an ideal place for a quiet period of relaxation away from it all. Long walks and observing nature (e.g. birdwatching) are ideal ways of working of the stresses of modern day life.



The future for Killoe looks very good. The annual intake of new pupils in St Theresa's National School is over 20 pupils per year. There are many new houses being build. Of course the proximity to Dublin and the prosperous triangle of Mullingar, Tullamore and Athlone for job purposes is partly the cause of this prosperity in Killoe. There is a vibrant GAA scene, and other organisations in the parish all play a significant role in the liveliness of Killoe. The Killoe Development Group has plans to develop an 80 acre bog to tap into the leisure market, by creating walks and develop educational interactive facilities. Private enterprise is developing a Pitch and Putt course and an old estate is being redeveloped, with a teashop planned on the site of the old manor house and the renovation of the old 'walled garden'. There are many local businesses up and running from agricultural contractors to light engineering, and from machine repair and maintenance to shopkeeping. Killoe in the future looks a pleasant place to be in.

The Killoe Development group has received 1000 from the Millennium Committee to organise a family festival. It will take place on the august Bank Holiday weekend from the 4th to the 6th. The main attraction will be an open air concert on the Saturday in Ennybegs on the area in front of the church and Community centre. Larry Cunningham and his band will be the main attraction. There will also be attractions for the smaller children. This is a great opportunity for people to return home and have a fun-filled weekend with friends and family.

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