The Parish of Kilmurry McMahon / Labasheeda is in the West Clare Cluster of parishes. It is thirty kilometres west of Ennis. It is bordered on the South and South-West by the Shannon estuary.
The name Kilmurry derives from the Church dedicated to Our Lady. The suffix McMahon distinguishes it from other Kilmurrys. The McMahon clan had a residence at Clonderlaw Castle.
The present parish is an amalgamation of two parishes, Kilmurry McMahon and Killofin. The name Labasheeda is said to come from its association with the Sheeda/ Sheehy clan (Leaba Sithigh). Another origin of the name derives from a folk tale. A storm capsized boats in the Shannon, except for one boatman who made it into the tranquil calmness of Labasheeda Bay and compared it to a bed of silk (Leaba Sioda).
Depopulation has taken a heavy toll on the parish over the centuries. In 1831 the population was 7932 while the present population is 650.
There are two holy wells in the parish. Tullyrcrine well is also known as Toberyrowarta. Mountshannon well is associated with St. Kieran. Pilgrims attend Tullycrine well on the last Sunday in May and Mountshannon well on the feast of St. Kieran of Clonmacnois on the 9th of Sept.
Shannon Gaels G.A.A. club, St Mary’s Athletics organise sporting activities. Set dancing is among of the great interests of the people of this community. The annual Dan Furey weekend of set dancing held at Labasheeda the last weekend in August continues to be popular.
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