Miltown Malbay ( ) is a
village and parish in the west of County Clare, Ireland, next to Spanish Point.
The name Malbay is thought to come from the
, which means treacherous coast. The
name could also stem from the legend of the witch "Mal" who was
drowned in the bay by Fionn Mac
Miltown is also home to the site of the Rineen Ambush
which is located near Rineen on
the main road to Lahinch. On September 22nd 1920 a RIC
tender was ambushed at Rineen, Co Clare (between
Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay) by Mid-Clare Brigade IRA
mainly in retaliation for the killing of Martin
Devitt at Crow's Bridge earlier in the year. The ambush led to the
deaths of six policemen. In reprisal for Rineen Ambush, the RIC ran
amok in Ennistymon, Lahinch and Miltown
Malbay killing six people and burning 26 buildings, including
Ennistymon and Lahinch Townhalls.
The parish had a population of 570 in the 2006 Census.
The main sources of employment in the area are tourism &
hospitality, construction and agriculture. There are two large
hotels in the parish, Burke's Armada Hotel and The Bellbridge
Hotel. There are numerous B & Bs in Miltown and its surrounding
area. There are also a number of good quality pubs in the village,
however this number has been greatly reduced in recent years with
the closure of Curtin's, Fahey's and Queally's. The pubs that are
currently trading are Friel's, Cogan's, O'Loughlin's, The Players
Club, Michael A's, Marrinan's, Clancy's, Cleary's (Blondes),
Malone's, The Westbridge, Hillery's, The Central and The Malbay.
Recent years have brought many new shops to the town for example a
bridal shop, a bookmaker's office, a Chinese takeaway, a pizzeria,
a clothes shop, a surf shop and a barber's shop.
In 2009 Andrea Corr from The Corrs got married to Brett Desmond in
St. Joseph's Church. Famous Guests included Bono & his wife Ali
There are 4 primary schools and 1 secondary school in the parish.
The primary schools are Miltown Malbay N.S, Rockmount N.S, Rineen
N.S and Moy N.S. Moy is a gaelscoil. The secondary school is
Secondary School, Spanish Point
. St Joseph's draws
pupils from the parishes of Miltown Malbay, Kilmurry Ibrickane,
Doonbeg and Cooraclare.
Miltown is also home to St. Joseph's Miltown Malbay GAA Club
GAA club and Moy GAA club. St. Joseph's are the only senior team in
the parish. They have won the County Clare Senior Football
Championship on 12 occasions with the latest win in 1990. It has
teams in Senior, Junior A, U21, U18, U16, U14, U12, U10 and U8. It
also has ladies' teams with Senior, Junior, Minor, U16 and U14. The
current chairperson of the club is Carragh Vaughan while the
secretary and treasurer are Shane O'Connell and Tommy Byrne