The following history, for the most part is from Frank Whelans’ book “Cappagh a sense of history”, which he first published in 1987. he has very kindly allowed me to use it in this website.
The name of the parish is not of ecclesiastical origin but is derived from the townland in which the original parish church was built. The name Cappagh-An Ceapach-which goes back to the time of St Kevin, means ‘a tillage plot’.
Cappagh is a small parish; in fact, it is the third smallest in the diocese. It is situated in the ancient barony of Lower Connello. Its boundaries are formed by the parishes of Croagh, Rathkeale, Coolcappa, Askeaton and Kilcornan.