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    Religious Sites in Effin

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    Effin Parish has two Churches still in use today, Our Lady Queen of Peace in Effin, and St Patricks in Garrienderk, but one time it had up 3 or 4 churches and a couple of graveyards.

    According to Lewis in 1937, when Effin was united with the parish of Kilquane …

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    Effin During the 1840’s and Famine Times

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    I  came across this very interesting piece last week written by Desmond Norton while doing some research on Effin,   It gives a fascinating insight into social and economic conditions in Effin particularly around Mound Blakney/Thomastown  area in the 1840’s and during the Famine times.

    It contains extracts of letters written …

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    Effin Hurling Team – Songs

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    Effin has always had great pride in its hurling teams and often songs where written about their feats on the playing pitch. One of the first songs is about the 1937 South Winning Team right up to the last winning team in 2011.

    1937 South Winning Team

    (Composed by Dan …

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    Songs about Effin

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    Many places have had songs and poetry written about them, many are exiles who have left their native home and the various townlands and places of interest. there has been a lot of Poetry written by Poets from Effin,  Brother Stephen Russell, Thomas Power, Rambling Tady or Tom Hannon.  I …

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    Tracing your Ancestors in Effin

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    For the year of the gathering 2013 I finally completed my family tree on the Kennedys of Effin,  There are about 400 individuals in the Kennedy Family Tree who can trace their ancestry back to Jerimah Kennedy. Little did Jerimah realise that when he married Catherine Maher back in the …

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    Brother Stephen Russell from Thomastown,

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    I recently came across this article below written about Brother Russell. He was born and reared in Thomastown, Effin and is one of our parishes colorful and well known citizens. His work and advocacy for the homeless men of limerick was recognized after his death by the naming of a …

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    Tobernea Manor

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    Effin had a norman  manor, located in the town land of Tobernea,  it was in a field near Leos farm near Macs cross.   Nothing remains now of the castle except what’s documented on ordinance survey maps. It appears to have been an important place in its time around the area,  …

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    Muinter na Tire in practice and concrete –

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    Muinter na Tire in practice and concrete –
    The building of the Canon Hayes Memorial Hall in Effin 1955- 1959’

    The above quote comes from an photographic scrapbook kept by Canon Gerard Wall whose first raised the idea of building a parish hall in Effin at the first annual general …

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    Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queen and the Effin connection

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    Edmund Spenser (1552 – 13 January 1599). the old English poet who was famous for writing the Fairie Queen may have had connections with Effin and it is unsure if he lived there for a while.

    How was this possible? Spenser acquired his main estate at Kilcolman, near Doneraile in …

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    Effins Holy Wells

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    In the first photograph above you will see a Stone with carving on it, there appears to be a spout for water to pour through just above the carved cross, this stone in now by the side of the bank. the well is located in the Ballyhouras, on the following …

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