Kill




The Gaelic name for Kill is "An Chill" meaning "The Church" and Kill boasts two of them - St Brigid's Catholic church and a Church of Ireland one dedicated to St John the Evangelist - both of interest, but St. John's even more so due to it's ancient graveyard.

Kill is of note for many other reasons also, not least of which is the fact that the tomb of Arthur Guinness (1725-1803) (and no prizes for guessing what he invented!) is located at Oughterard less than five km away. This graveyard, on the hilltop, is marked by a round tower dating from the 6th century and a church dating form the 16th. Just down the side of the hill from this graveyard is the spot where Daniel O'Connell fought the famous duel with John D'Esterre in which the latter died from wounds received. The duel was a result of a speach made by O'Connell, which in D'Esterre's opinion, insulted Dublin Corporation.

Other famous men, including the musician Liam Og O'Flynn, Uillean pipe player of the Chieftans, have associations with the village. Liam grew up in the house in the grounds of the primary school where his father was Head Master. Anyone with an interest in horses would be familiar with other residents of the Kill area the most famous of which was Pat Taffee, jockey of Arkle and later trainer of Captain Christy. Pat's son Tom, today trains in the area. Another equestrian notable (and character) is trainer and broadcaster Ted Walsh. The showjumping personality Iris Kellet used live where the Kill International Equestrian Centre is now located.

On the same "horsey note" (and what else would you expect - this IS Kildare) the  Goffs Bloodstock Sales complex is to be found here and the racecourses of Naas, Punchestown and the Curragh are all within easy reach.


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 Jim Daly  Last Updated 15 September 1998