Cill Chiaráin (anglicized as Kilkieran) is a village whose Irish name means "Ciarán's church”. The place is home to Arramara Teoranta seaweed Factory, founded in 1947 to utilise the large resource of seaweeds available on the West Coast of Ireland. Arramara Teo is now owned by a multi national company based in Canada. Arramara is an important source of employement for people living in the area: at present there are 25 persons working in the factory, with another 250 harvesters working in the industry on a part time basis.
The picturesque harbour of Kilkieran is one of the traditional venues for the Galway hookers Regattas taking place in Summer.