May 012013

Ballyporeen Book - In Times Gone ByBook on Ballyporeen – In Times Gone By

A new book on Ballyporeen – ‘In Times Gone By; Examining Ballyporeen’s Past’ is a 270 page book written by Patrick O’Brien chronicling many aspects of the history of Ballyporeen and surrounding areas, complete with maps and illustrations.

The book contains 35 chapters covering subject areas that include;

– Local Archaeology,
– Newcastle,
– The Earls of Kingston,
– Templetenny Church,
– Burncourt Castle,
– The Whiteboys,
– Fair Days,
– The Hangings of 1813,
– May Eve,
– The Coach Road,
– The Killing of Thomas Sherlock,
– The R.I.C.,
– Dangan House,
– St. Matthew’s Church of Ireland,
– The Mitchelstown Caves,
– Galtee Castle,
– Shanbally Castle and the 1904 Royal Visit,
– Local Great War Casualties,
– The War of Independence,
– The Civil War,
– The “Blueshirts”,
– The President Reagan Visit.

The culmination of over three years of research, the book is now available in Ballyporeen and by contacting the author. To purchase a copy, please use the contact option on the Ballyporeen website, email: or phone/text : 085 714 1782. The price for the book is € 14.95.

As of April 28th the book is available (for a limited time) at Ballyporeen Post Office & Russell’s General Merchants beside the Church in Ballyporeen.

Mar 292013

History of Shanbally Castle and Ballylooby

The story of Shannbally Castle, Ballylooby and surrounding areas will be told by speaker John Tuohy in Ballylooby community hall on Wednesday April 3rd at 8pm. It promises to be a night of historical information not to be missed.

Entry fee: €5, refreshments served, all are welcome

Dec 162012

Shanrahan History Book Launch

Shanrahan History Book Launch Photos & Video

Local historian Ed O’Riordan launched his latest book ‘Lonely Little God’s Acre – A History of Shanrahan Churchyard‘ at the Hermitage Bar & Restaurant on Friday evening, December 14th, 2012. Here are some photos and video from the evening’s proceedings. Pictures are first with video at the bottom of the post.

In Attendance:

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Musical Interlude:

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Rose Cleary Introduction:

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Ed’s CV:

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Ed Gives his Spiff:

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And a bit more (sorry, camera memory ran out):

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Dec 052012

History of Shanrahan Book Cover‘A History of Shanrahan Churchyard’ by Ed O’Riordan

‘Lonely Little God’s Acre – A History of Shanrahan Churchyard’ by well known local historian Ed O’Riordan will be launched at the Hermitage Restaurant in Clogheen on Friday, December 14th 2012. Gathering at 7.45 for an 8pm start.

Ed, who runs the Galteemore Website, is the son of Michael O’Riordan, proprietor of O’Riordan’s Garage which used to reside in the spot now occupied by Mulcahy’s Supermarket.

Ed describes the book thus: “All you ever wanted to know about Shanrahan Churchyard, Clogheen. Read  the details of the Memorial Committee and the setting up of the Fr. Sheehy Memorial Tomb and Railing in 1898.  Read of the wonderful Commemoration in 1966 with great photos of the day by Donal Wylde. History of the Old Church, the 13th century castle, the Bronze Age cairn on Knockshanahullion, the O’Callaghan Mausoleum, The Sheela na Gigs, History of the Bella Hill Church, and much more.  167 pages of well researched and fascinating history.  Many illustrations.”

Breda and Declan at the Hermitage will be providing a seasonal Cheese and Wine reception for the launch.

All are welcome to attend.

For further information contact Ed for more details on 086 384 0894 or email

Oct 172012
Clogheen School Kids taking Rubbing at Shanrahan Cemetry

Liam Moore (left) looks on as classmates take a rubbing of a headstone at Shanrahan Cemetery.

Historic Graves Project, Shanrahan

At the moment there are some really exciting community archaeology projects taking place around Ireland. The Historic Graves Project in this area involves the training of local communities  to record historic gravestones at the old graveyards at Newcastle, Molough AbbeyShanrahan and Tubbrid.  The  training and mentoring for the project  is being provided by Historic Graves.  The group has  successfully completed similar projects  all over the country.

You can find an excellent article here, written by Louise Nugent on the activities in Shanrahan, where physical recording of the headstones and tombs took place in mid-October 2012. The photos included on this page were also taken by Louise.

Once all the data from the different graveyards has been collated and published it will be available on the Historic Graves website. The full Shanrahan records will also be available here on the Clogheen website and records for Tubrid, Newcastle and Molough Abbey will be available on the Knockmealdown Active website.

Shanrahan Gravestone Recording

Patsy McGrath, Michael Moroney and Michael Fennessey record a headstone in Shanrahan.