The People of Kiltimagh

The history of Kiltimagh has, no doubt, produced its fair share of global figures. Poets, builders, fighters, writers, sportsmen, artists, musicians, music moguls…

Here you’ll find the archive of achievements of the People and the Place.

Gene Tunney One man who was very dear to the hearts of the local people, was famous world heavyweight boxing champion, Gene ‘The Fighting Marine’ Tunney. Gene’s father lest Kiltimagh for the US at the age of nineteen, and some years...
Gerry Cooney Known for his big left-hook and his imposing size, the tall, lean Cooney had his first paid fight on February 15, 1977, beating Billy Jackson by a knockout in one round. Nine wins followed and Cooney gained attention...
Michael Hogarty Michael Hogarty, who emigrated from Pulroghnane in 1930, made a telling contribution to the defeat of Japan in World Ward II by discovering how to combine the computer from a Nordan bombsight to a radar bombsight which, when...
Anthony Raftery Anthony Raftery was born in Killedan in 1779 or 1784, the son of a weaver. He was blinded by small pox while very young and is said to have worked as a stable boy for the landlord, Frank...
Lottie (Charlotte) Mc Manus Novelist / Nationalist Noelene Beckett Crowe M.G.G. Charlotte (Lottie) McManus was a novelist who popularized the exploits of The Wild Geese plus Ireland’s ancient lore.  She was a committed nationalist. Family  James Mc Manus had an uncle...
Mary Davis Mary Davis (née Rooney; born 6 August 1954) is an Irish social entrepreneur and long-term campaigner for the rights and inclusion of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She is the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics International....
Michael O’Doherty Michael James O’Doherty (July 30, 1874 – October 13, 1949) was the 27th Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines. Born in Ireland, O’Doherty was Archbishop for 33 years from 1916 until his death in 1949, making...
Fr. Denis O’Hara Until the early 19th century the town of Kiltimagh was known as Newtown Browne, after the local landlord and M.P., George Browne. In Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837, under the heading, Killedan, we find the following...
Sister Lily McNicholas O.B.E. This heroic nurse Lily Mc Nicholas was born on 16th October 1909 in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo; one of ten children. Her parents were Thomas and Bridget. Her family owned a Bakery that had been in the...
Emily McManus The McManus family came from Westmeath. James McManus, perhaps inspired by the travel stories of his uncle, Capt. James Corrigan, left Ireland to seek his fortune as the manager of a sugar plantation in British Guinea. There he...
Captain Dermot McManus D.A. Mc Manus was born in Killedan, near Kiltimagh and was well known author in the Irish Literary Revival. He served in World War I where he reached the rank of Captain.He entered TCD after, and participated...
VINNIE KILDUFF From U2 to Sinead O’Connor, the Waterboys to Clannad, the name Vinnie Kilduff has long been subtly synonymous with the cutting edge of music. Born in Co Mayo, Vinnie is a Musician, Producer, Writer, Songwriter and Film editor....
Steve Iredale In the early ’70s, Ireland was in the middle of a social revolution. Whereas Elvis, Buddy Holly, Cliff & The Shadows and The Beatles had given the youth of America and Britain an identity and, at last, a...
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