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Farewell from Kinvarra, Duras and Killinna – 1867

Freeman’s Journal 16th December, 1867 p3 (abridged) Address of the parishioners of Kinvarra, Duras and Killinna to the Rev. Francis  P.P. Croughwell and Ballimana. Rev. Dear Sir, We have been deputed by our fellow parishioners of the united parishes of Kinvarra, Duras and Killinna, to offer you in the first instance their sincere and heartfelt … Continue reading

Kinvara to Bunratty – 1939

Connacht Tribune 21st January, 1939 p.5 Arising out of a letter from Mr. J.J. Linnane, Bellharbour, that the potato crop in North Clare had been severely damaged by weather conditions this season, the Clare Farmers’ Party requested Dr. Ryan, Minister for Agriculture, to take steps to ensure that an adequate supply of seed potatoes would … Continue reading

Three wishes – 1928

Nenagh Guardian 15th September, 1928 p.5 The Three Wishes In Iniscaltra’s holy fane, Once in the long ago, In pious converse sat, their hearts With love of God aglow, Kevin, the abbot of the Isle, From penance worn outright, And he whom still Confert reveres, Cumain the erudite; And, with them, Guaire, Connaught’s King, To … Continue reading

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One morning – 1887

Cork Examiner 8th October, 1887 One morning when the earth was new And rainbow-tinted lay the dew, The Father came. Upon his waiting flows he cast A gentle glance, and as he passed, Gave each a name. The twilight deepening as before He walked among his flowers once more And asked each one What name … Continue reading

Kilmacduagh – 1933

Connacht Tribune 7th January, 1933 p.11 (abridged) Kilmacduach (Cill Mac Duach – Mac Duach’s Church), County Galway, three and a half miles from Gort, is situated in rather bleak country on the Clare border.  St. Colman Mac Duach founded a monastic settlement there in the seventh century.  He spent the earlier part of his life … Continue reading

Corcomroe Abbey – 1929

Connacht sentinel 20th August, 1929 p.2 (abridged) Corcomroe Abbey is in Co. Clare.  It is about four miles from Kinvara and five miles from Ballyvaughan. “Corcomroe” (in Irish, Corcomoruadh) means the descendants of Moruadh who is said to have been a son of Queen Maeve. Corcomroe Abbey is a Cistercian abbey. Like other Cistercian abbeys, … Continue reading

Duras House -1962

Connacht Tribune August, 25th 1962 p.25 (abridged) The Kiltartan Society will meet at Duras House Kinvara, on Sunday next to celebrate the first anniversary of the rebirth of this romantic house, which was presented to the nation as a Youth Hostel by Denis and Adrian Elrill of Limerick. A paper will be read entitled “The … Continue reading

Ballyvaughan – 1920

Irish Independent 22nd September, 1920 p5. A report reached Ennis that the police barracks at Ballyvaughan was attacked.  Military went from Ennis to the assistance of the garrison.  All wires in the district were cut.  A Republican flag floating from the roof of the Town Hall was removed by military and another which was replaced … Continue reading

Mistletoe – 1933

Western People 18th March, 1933 p.5 (abridged) Since our great woods were destroyed,  mistletoe is not very common in this country.  In ancient times  mistletoe was one of the most famous of all plants. As it grows as a parasite on trees, and has no root in the ground, it was supposed to have come … Continue reading

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