Kilmihil, from the Irish meaning “Church of St. Michael the Archangel”, is a village in the Barony of Clonderlaw, west County Clare.
It is believed that St. Michael’s Church was founded by St. Senan around 530AD.
During the reign of Pope Gelasius I (AD 492-496) an apparition of the Archangel was reported to have taken place on the summit of Mount Garganus in Apulia in Italy.
This took place in the lifetime of St. Senan who, after visiting Rome in around 530 AD, returned to Ireland wishing to foster devotion to Michael.
While traveling from Scattery Island to Doolough he stopped in Kilmihil where he founded the church.
For centuries it became a place of pilgrimage to St. Michael, especially in September as his feast day is on 29th September.
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