Video of Kilcock, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Kilcock or Killcock (from Irish: Cill Choca meaning "Coca's cell") is a town and
townland in the north of County Kildare, Ireland, on the border with County Meath.
Kilcock is a dormitory town for many of those who work in Dublin. Its population
of 4,100 (2006 Census) makes it the ninth largest town in Kildare and 86th largest
in Ireland, having grown by 49.6pc since the 2002 census. Local industries include
a large distribution centre( Musgraves) which supplies SuperValu and Centra stores
across the country. The town lies on the Royal Canal.
Kilcock takes its name from the 6th century Saint Coca who founded a church beside
the river Rye, and who is traditionally said to have been a sister of St. Kevin of
Glendalough; by occupation she was an embroiderer of church vestments, including
those for St. Colmcille. A holy well dedicated to Coca, formerly thought to be lost
in the back-yards of Kilcock, is known locally to be in the area behind the Ulster
Bank, and her feast is remembered on 6 June. However, this commemoration is a modern
revival as when the Ordnance Survey of the area was being made in 1837 it was recorded
that "there is no old church in ruins in this parish nor is any patron saint or day
remembered ... the meaning of the name Cille Choc is not remembered." When the present
parish church was dedicated in 1867 it was named for St. Coca, and it had cost £10,000
to build to the design of architect J.J. McCarthy.
In the 8th century there was a battle between rival kings near the church of St.
Coca, then in the territory of Carbury and close to the border between Leinster and
Meath. There is a gap of several hundred years until the next reference to Kilcock
when, in 1303, it belonged to the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem at Kilmainham.
St Coca's Church is erected in her honour in the centre of town. A recently commissioned
icon of Saint Coca can be viewed there.
The town's library features mementos of the poet Teresa Brayton who was born in Kilbrook.
The Old Bog Road, 4.5 km west of the town, was the subject of her most successful
verse. There is also the old manor where Lady Catherine McCormack was born in the
Kilcock Art Gallery was established in 1978 by Breda Smyth and opened by George Campbell