Down The Years - Major Dates, Kiltimagh in Co. Mayo

1100's - Killedan church destroyed by fire

1239 - Kiltimagh part of the Barony of Gallen

1500's - Parish church at Killedan is restored

1608 - Franciscan Friary at Kiledan has its lands seized

1646 - Franciscans return to Kiledan

1650's - Ormsby family arrive

1731 - "Report on the state of Popery in Ireland" records one priest ministering in Kiledan and there is one mass house.

1798 - Two local men, Browne and Gill of Garryroe join French forces and are c captured after defeat at Ballinamuck, Co Longford.

1799 - Thomas Ormsby, Ballinamore compensated for losses suffered during 1798 disturbances

1799 - Raftery born at Kiledan

1825 - Handball Court built in Kiltimagh

1829 - Only three Kiltimagh people qualify to vote - Richard NcNicholas, John Mimey, and Patrick Dillon

1831 - Population of parish recorded at 6,162

1834 - Death of Raftery

1835 - Five schools recorded in the parish with enrolment of 532

1837 - First Ordnance Survey map of Kiltimagh published

1839 - Kiltimagh suffers damage in 'Night of the Big Wind'

1840 - Formation of Swinford Poor Law Union to which Kiltimagh will have two elected members

1846-47 - From October '46 to April '47 400 deaths occur in parish due to the famine

1848 - 145 people evicted in Treenagleragh by Earl of Lucan

1851 - Census shows devastation of famine results in population drop of 20% in 10 years

1879 - 20,000 attend land agitation meeting in Kiltimagh. Land League has 700 members in Kiltimagh

1880 - 2,500 in danger of starvation due to famine

1881 - Local woman Kate Byrne shot by RIC during during riot at Treenaglersgh

1885 - First pig fair

1887 - Kiltimagh GAA Club formed

1887 - Many injured when police attack peaceful land march in the town

1888 - Church of The Holy Family is dedicated

1889 - Land League hut erected by local committee for Tom Kelly, Pollagh who was eveicted

1887 - Newtownbrowne school opened

1895 - First train officially stops at Kiltimagh station

1895 - Names selected for streets of the town

1897 - Arrival of St Louis sisters

1898 - Branch of Gaelic League formed

1901 - 7,000 attend big nationalist meeting in Market Square

1903 - Convent National School opens

1909 - Jim Kelly is World Handball Champion

1914 - Company of Irish Volunteers formed in Kiltimagh

1914 - Kiltimagh GAA Club win their first conty c'ship beating Ballina in the Junior final

1916 - Five men are killed in train crash outside Kiltimagh

1916 - Following Easter Rising Sean Corcoran arrested and deported to prison in England

1914-1918 - Eight Kiltimagh men known to have died in World War I

1920 - Bohola RIC Barracks burned down by Kiltimagh Battallion of IRA

1921 -

  • Town terrorised by Black and Tans

  • Sean Corcoran shot dead by RIC

  • British troops surround church during mass but local activists escape

  • Auxillaries occupy business premises on Main St

1922 -

  • Death of fr Denis O'Hara

  • Comdt. Tomas Ruane shot dead by republicans

  • Republican ambush at Ballinamore results in 26 being captured by Free Staters

1923 -

  • One innocent man killed in ambush at Kinaffe that goes wrong

  • A second ambush at Glore leaves an innocent girl seriously injured along with one Free State soldier dead, three injured and six republicans injured

  • Kiltimagh railway station burned down

1924 - Sean Lavan represents Ireland at the Olympic Games in Paris

1925 - Cottage Hospital becomes permanent Garda barracks

1926 - Gene Tunney, whose parents came from Kiltimagh becomes World Heavyweight Champion

1928 - Sean Lavan competes in Olympic Games in Amsterdam

1933 - Street violence follows results of General Election

1935 - First radio broadcast from Mayo is a concert from St Louis Convent

1938 - Sisters of St John of God purchase Ballinamore House

1943 - William Walsh, the Labour candidate, defeated in General Election. He plloed 398 votes.

1944 - Tragedy sees eight people die in fire at Ruane's, Main St

1944 - Opening of Savoy Cinema

1945 - Woman killed by a train at the level crossing

1947 - Kathleen Clarke, Aiden St leads INTO during national teachers strike

1947 - Worst blizzard in living memory hits country in Feruary/March

1953 - Irish Spinners factory opened

1955 - Kiltimagh Fire Brigade formed

1961 - Diamond Ballroom opens

1961 - Treenagleragh National School opens

1962 - Opening of new Fire Station

1968 - Coillte Come Home festival draws thousands to the town

1974 - Ballinamore House handed over to Western Care

1974 - Liam McDonagh provides multi-channel television to the area

1976 - Official opening of Gilmartin GAA Park

1977 - Tom Jordan chosen as Mayo Man of the Year

1978 - Opening of Community Centre

1982 - Independent candidate John Regan polls 451 votes in General Election.

1983 - Kiltimagh Community Radio (KCR) on the air for summer months

1984 - Official opening of Town Hall Theatre

1985 - Farah Manufacturing Company announce plans to set up in Kiltimagh

1985 - Kiltimagh twinned with Craughwell, Co Galway

1988 - Community Centre sports complex opened

1988 - Quaker City String Band make first visit for St Patrick's Day parade

1989 - IRD Kiltimagh launched

1989 - Town Museum opened

1993 - CMS Peripherals sets up operation in Kiltimagh

1996 - Brian Mooney wins Mayo Man of the Year award

Scource: 'Kiltimagh - Our Life and Times’