KILKEE or DOOGH

KILKEE, or DOOGH, a village, in the parish of Kilfieragh, barony of Moyarta, county of Clare, and province of Munster, 61/2 miles (W. by N.) from Kilrush, on the western coast ; containing 1051 inhabitants. In 1831 it consisted of 153 houses ; since which time several houses and bathing lodges have been erected, the village being much frequented as a bathing-place, chiefly by the citizens of Limerick, on account of its remarkably fine strand, which is sheltered by a ledge of rocks stretching across one-third of Kilkee bay. There are tepid baths, the property of Jonas Studdart, Esq. It has a penny post to Kilrush, and is a constabulary police station and a coast-guard station, the latter being one of the six within the district of Miltown-Malbay. Petty sessions are held every Friday, and a court for the recovery of small debts is occasionally held for the manor of Kilrush. It is in contemplation to establish fairs in May and August. Divine worship is performed in a lodge, but subscriptions are being collected for the erection of a new parochial church. A handsome and spacious R. C. chapel has been lately built, and there are a parochial school, and a dispensary.-See KilfieraghSamuel Lewis, 1837

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