Cill Mhíona
Civil parish
St Brendans Catholic church in Kilmeena
St Brendans Catholic church in Kilmeena
Kilmeena is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°50′37″N 9°34′28″W / 53.8437°N 9.5745°W / 53.8437; -9.5745Coordinates: 53°50′37″N 9°34′28″W / 53.8437°N 9.5745°W / 53.8437; -9.5745
CountyCounty Mayo
Irish Grid ReferenceL964892

Kilmeena (Irish: Cill Mhíona)[1] is a civil parish and small village near Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. The area is served by a Roman Catholic church, an An Post post office,[2] and a national (primary) school.[3]


The Kilmeena ambush was the scene of a defeat for the local Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence.[4] On 19 May 1921, British troops surprised an IRA ambush party at Kilmeena. Five IRA men were killed and four were wounded and captured.[5] The remainder of the column fled over the mountains to Skerdagh. One Royal Irish Constabulary man and one Black and Tans member were also killed in the action.[citation needed]


Kilmeena GAA Club was founded in 1889. According to the club's records, the club first fielded a Gaelic football team against Westport at Kilmeena on 10 March 1889.[6] The club was reputedly affiliated to the Mayo county board in the same year. The club's grounds at Saint Brendan's Park were first opened in 1938, and a new club house was formally opened in 2000.[6] In 2022, Kilmeena won the All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship with a win over Gneeveguilla of County Kerry at Croke Park.[7]


In 1884, George Cooper and John Rogers Thomas wrote a song Sweet Flower of Kilmeena.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Cill Mhíona / Kilmeena". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Kilmeena Post Office, Carrowbeg, Kilmeena, Westport, Co. Mayo". An Post. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  3. ^ "History".
  4. ^ "Five IRA men killed in botched ambush". Irish Times. 15 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the Kilmeena Ambush". 14 June 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  6. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  7. ^ "History for Kilmeena who bring All-Ireland title to Mayo as they overcome Gneeveguilla". 6 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Sweet Flower of Kilmeena (Thomas, John Rogers) - IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download".[better source needed]