Kilkenny West

Kilkenny West (Irish: Cill Chainnigh Thiar), previously Maherquirke or Dillons country,[1] is a barony in west County Westmeath, Ireland. It was formed by 1542.[2] It is bordered by County Longford to the west; it is also bordered by three other Westmeath baronies: Rathconrath (to the east), Brawny (to the south-west) and Clonlonan (to the south-east). The largest centre of population in the barony is the village of Glassan.

Kilkenny West

Cill Chainnigh Thiar
Location of Kilkenny West on a map of Westmeath
Kilkenny West
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°29′40″N 7°50′07″W
  Total152.4 km2 (58.8 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN109493


Kilkenny West has an area of 37,651 acres (152.37 km2).[2] The barony contains part of the second largest lake on the River Shannon, Lough Ree. The N55 national secondary road connecting Athlone to Cavan passes through the barony.

Civil parishes of the barony

This table[3] lists an historical geographical sub-division of the barony known as the civil parish (not to be confused with an Ecclesiastical parish).

Name in English Name in Irish
Bunown Bun Abhann
Kilkenny West Cill Chainnigh Thiar
Drumraney Droim Raithne
Noughaval Nuachabháil

Towns, villages and townlands

There are 136 townlands in the barony of Kilkenny West.[2]


  1. Irish Act 34 Henry VIII c.1; see Henry VIII Part 3. State Papers. 2. Murray. 1834. p. 7,fn.14.
  2. "Barony of Kilkenny West, County Westmeath". Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  3. Civil parishes of the barony of Kilkenny West The Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 8 June 2015
  4. Coplen, Richard. "Waterston: The rise and fall of a South Westmeath estate". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
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