Welcome to Kinvara

Kinvara Community Council was founded in 1990 to serve the community of this lovely Galway seaside town. The objectives of the council are:-

  • to involve all the people of the parish in promoting the social, educational, cultural and economic welfare of the community
  • to develop and improve the town of Kinvara and its environs for the benefit of the community
  • to protect and preserve any natural view, park, historic monument, interesting landmark or ruin in Kinvara or its vicinity
  • to act as the representative body of the Community of Kinvara

Kinvara Community Centre

Kinvara Community Centre is committed to enhancing the health, social and artist well-being of our community. Built in the late 1970 by a Meitheal from the community, the building was structurally improved and refurbished in 2001. The centre is run by the Kinvara Community Council which is a voluntary group who employs a part-time Administrator/Caretaker.

The centre is situated in the centre of the village with car parking facilities. It consists of a main hall with a capacity of 380, a meeting room combining a fully equipped kitchen, toilets and wash-hands unit including a toilet for the disabled. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

The hall and meeting room are available for hire at hourly rate and special day rates are available to the community with reduction for charity and voluntary groups. Term & conditions of hire are available by request.

Kinvara Community Childrens Centre

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Kinvara Heritage Group

Fearing that Kinvara’s oldest building, Kinvara’s ‘hidden church’, is in imminent danger of collapse, a group of concerned Kinvara residents came together under the auspices of the community council to form the Kinvara Heritage Group. While the immediate aim of the group is to conserve the church and its graveyard, the group intends drawing attention to the area’s rich history and work to educate and preserve that heritage.

St. Coman’s Church dates from the 13th century, sited on a strategic hill at the head of Kinvara Bay. The name of the town, Cinn Mheara, leterally means the ‘Head of the Sea’. There was a much earlier monastic settlement on this site. Some records even suggest that a round tower stood here at one point.

One of the highlights of this ancient monument is a piece of 13th century graffiti carved on a corner stone. The depiction of a comical-looking figure is probably the work of a disgruntled stonemason, carved just before the building would have been plastered. This depiction forms our logo (left).

The Church, and its graveyard, have become landlocked over the past two centuries as streets were built up around the site, so that today there is no public access to the site. That, however, does not diminish it historical importance.

Many in the Heritage Group fell that it is incumbent on this generation to preserve this important monument for future generations of Kinvara people. Starting November 2017, emergency conservation work is being carried out to prevent the east gable from collapsing and to cut down overhanging trees that are a danger to the structure. This is initially being funded by a loan from the Kinvara Community Council. It is hoped to repay this loan by raising funds to conserve the building for our future generations.

Kinvara Tidy Towns

Keeping Kinvara Clean and Beautiful

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