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Kilcummin is a beachhead on the northern coast of County Mayo, in northwestern Ireland. The Kilcummin area is sparsely populated with farm houses and holiday homes. Kilcummin pier is used by anglers, and has a pub.

History

Kilcummin is named after the Saint Cummin (~500 AD). The remains of Saint Cummin's church are still to be found in the area.[1]

Prior to being named for the saint, a map of Connaught from the 5th Century indicates that the area was originally known as "Forrac".[2]

Kilcummin is noted as the site where a French expedition commanded by General Humbert[3] landed on August 22, 1798, in an attempt to assist Irish rebels during the 1798 rebellion. Humbert commanded three frigates, the Concorde, Franchise, and the Médée altogether carrying 1070 French forces, three cannon, and approximately 3000 muskets.[4] There is an old wooden sign post on the Kilcummin Lacken road which says "chumin" pointing in the direction of Kilcummin this looks like the earliest wording of the place now called Kilcummin on a sign post.

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