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Cloyne Literary and Historical Society

Cloyne is a historically significant town in East Cork. The Literary & Historical Society has been in existence since 1977, has monthly meetings and lectures from guest speakers during the winter months and excursions to sites of historical interest during the summer. We hope you enjoy your visit to our website.   


Cloyne: a parish and small town situated in a between Ballycotton and Great Island, 5 miles from Midleton, Count Cork. The parish of Cloyne includes the villages of Churchtown South, Shanagarry and Ballycotton. The Diocese of Cloyne covers east Cork and some of north Cork. Cloyne’s name is derived from its Irish version Cluain Uamha, which means ‘meadow of caves’. In 560 AD Cluain Uamha was granted to Colman by Cairpre Crom, king of Cashel, as a site for his monastery. The bishop of Cloyne’s residence was here until 1768 when it moved to Queenstown.


Cloyne Literary and Historical Society
Contact: Marie Guillot / 021 465 2223 / Kilcrone, Cloyne, Co Cork