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Imokilly (Irish : Uí Mhic Coille) is one of the baronies of Ireland, an historical geographical unit of land. [l 1] Its chief town is Youghal. It is one of 24 baronies in the county of Cork. Other neighbouring baronies include Barrymore to the west (whose chief town is Midleton) and Kinnatalloon to the north (whose chief town is Conna). [1]


The barony includes most of the peninsula or land ranging from Mount Uniacke in the valley of the River Bride (in the north), to the estuary of the Munster Blackwater (in the east), to Ballycotton Bay (in the south) to Cork Harbour in the west. The main settlements are Youghal, Killeagh, Castlemartyr, Ballycotton, Shanagarry, Mogeely and Cloyne.

Baronies were created after the Norman invasion of Ireland as divisions of counties and were used in the administration of justice and the raising of revenue. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they have been administratively obsolete since 1898. However, they continue to be used in land registration and in specification, such as in planning permissions. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic túath which had submitted to the Crown.


Both Imokilly and the adjacent barony of Barrymore formed the early medieval kingdom of the Uí Liatháin which was awarded to the Cambro-Norman De Barry family by King John of England in 1206. Its name derives from the Gaelic name of the most powerful septs in the ancient kingdom - the Uí Meic Caille and the Uí Thassaig. [2]

In 1420, James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond was made Seneschal of the barony. The Earls of Desmond continued to appoint their FitzGerald cousins to the office. As a result of their participation on the losing side of the Desmond Rebellions, their lands and offices were forfeit to the Crown.

Subsequently, Baron Ponsonby of Imokilly was a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Civil parishes

There are 26 civil parishes in the barony.

Civil parish Irish nameCivil parish English name
Áth FhadaAghada
Baile an TeampaillBallintemple
An Baile UachtarachBallyoughtera
Cill ChríodáinKilcredan
Cill IaKilleagh
Cill MhaithínKilmahon
Cill ModhomhnógKilmacdonogh
Cluain MoltClonmult
Cluain PruachaisClonpriest
Corcaigh BheagCorkbeg
Daingean DonnabháinDangandonovan
Dún GuairneDungourney
Garraí BhoitheGarryvoe
Garrán an Chiniféicigh Garranekinnefeake
An InseInch
Íochtar MorúIghtermurragh
Maigh AisíMogeesha
Maigh DhíleMogeely
Mainistir na CorannMidleton
Ros Tialláin Rostellan
Tigh an tSeiscinnTiteskin
Trá BholganTrabolgan

Imokilly today

Economic activity in the barony is dominated by agriculture. The cheese Imokilly Regato (PDO) has been granted Protected Geographical Status under European Union law. [3] Trabolgan Holiday Village is located in the civil parish of Trabolgan.

Imokilly GAA is the region's Gaelic football and Hurling division. Imokilly won the Cork SHC in 2017, beating Blackrock by 3-13 to 0-18.[ citation needed ]

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