Feakle (Irish: An Fhiacail; German: " The tooth " ) is a small village in County Clare in the south west of Ireland. The village had 122 inhabitants in 2006.


Feakle ( Irish: An Fhiacail ) located in the east of County Clare on the R468 regional road, a few kilometers west of Lough Derg and Lough Graney from the south. The nearest major town is Tulla to the southwest. Slightly further to the south (about 30 km ) you come across Limerick and is located in the south-west of the Shannon Airport ( SNN).


According to some Feakle Parish is an Anglicization of the Irish name paroiste na fiacaile which is translated, the " District of the tooth " or " district of the tooth ." With the unusual name of a tooth of an Irish saint is meant by name Mochonna. This tooth is supposed to be the man just failed at this location. What was he to give the site later a church was built according to the legend. Others, however, say the name of the place so can be derived from fiathgail ago, a rough grass areas in the region, were covered with the houses and the name Teampall na Fiathgail came into use. In a third statement, however, the name is derived from Fia- Choill, which translates to about Rehwald means. It is thus not quite sure where the name comes. However, the version seems to enforce the tooth, especially since one was revered by the eleven St. Mochonna that existed in Ireland and here is. Which of them, however, is also not safe. The old church, which bore his name and in the shadow of Brian Merriman at the end of the 18th century, his famous 1000 -line Irish -language poem " The Midnight Court " ( Cúirt to Mheán Oíche ) wrote, was demolished in the early 19th century, and in its place a Protestant church built. Ever Merriman has erected a monument in his poem the place and its surroundings, as well as, for example, the few kilometers northern Lough Graney and immortalized as literary.

In the 131 line of the poem the place is already mentioned: Tá at Chúirt seo seasmhach Feasta sa bhFiacail ( The village of Feakle is where the court is sitting ).

Brian Merriman

Brian Merriman (1749-1805) was a poet irischsprachiger in the late 18th century. Of his early life we do not know much. Merriman was born in Inis Diomain, but the greater part of his life spent in Feakle. He was a passionate violin player and should have resulted in his youth as a cheerful man about an existence that was not averse to pleasure. ( Hence perhaps the name: merry man) The GRFT. Clare, who still has a rich and varied musical life today, must have seemed very inspiring to a person like Merriman then. He was in Cill Clairin, a townland of Feakle as so-called "hedge -school master" active, ie he mediated teaching materials, such as Irish culture and language, which were prohibited in the days of the special criminal laws ( Penal Laws ). Merriman complained in his poem again and again the decline of the Irish language.

His famous 1000 -line Irish-language poem " The Midnight Court " ( Cúirt to Mheán Oíche ), however, has made ​​him immortal and Bunshoon Bridge at Lough Graney ( ir hole Gréine ) between Flagmount ( ir Leacain to Éadain ) and Caher, was for built it in the 1990s, a memorial stone. When he died in Limerick in 1805, he was buried at his own request in Feakle. In the cemetery there today, a monument, which was erected by the Merriman Society (An Cumman Merriman ), the famous inhabitants of the place.


The area between Feakle and around Lough Graney is one of the most beautiful corners of GRFT. Clare and is also referred to as the " Killarney " Clare. An infrastructure with inter alia the " East Clare Way " footpath takes this into account.

Feakle Music Festival

Since 1988, a festival of traditional Irish music takes place in Feakle in the summer. Well-known soloists and groups with a focus on traditional music, such as Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola (2003), Liam Clancy (2005) or Liadan (2007) but also lesser-known musicians perform here in August over the period of several days. Regular participants, both at the concerts as well as in the workshops, are musicians like the Tulla Céilí band, Seamus Begley and the famous Fiddlespieler Martin Hayes. For Hayes, it is effectively a home game, because he comes from near Feakle.