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    Effin – where did the name come from?

    Many questions have been asked about the name Effin. Where did it come from? There have been numerous spellings and variations on the spelling until we reached the current name. listed the following variations for Effin – Eimhin – Joyce III 345 (Cilleimhin in Allod) Eifing De Bal Eifinn – NMAJ 1945p.158 Effyne … Continue reading Effin – where did the name come from? ?
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    Mount Blakeney

    Associated Families Fitzgerald (Corkbeg) (Baronet) Stewart (Whitegate) Blakeney (Mount Blakeney) Description ”Burke’s Irish Family Records” states that this family claim descent from the Blakeneys of Norfolk. William Blakeney was granted lands at Thomastown, parish of Kilbreedy Minor, barony of Coshma, county Limerick by patent of Charles II in 1666/7. His son William Blakeney of Mount Blakeney …

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    Effin During the 1840’s and Famine Times

    I  came across this very interesting piece last week written by Desmond Norton while doing some research on Effin, it is called Distress and Benevolence on Gertrude Fitzgerald’s Limerick Estate in the 1840s, WP02/14, April 2002 It gives a fascinating insight into social and economic conditions in Effin particularly around Mound Blakney/Thomastown area in the 1840s …

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    Brother Stephen Russell from Thomastown,

    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 homeless shelter after him. It …

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    Muinter na Tire in practice and concrete –

    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 meeting of the local Muintir …

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    Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queen and the Effin connection

    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 North Cork and was appointed …

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    Effins Holy Wells

    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 link There appears to […]
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    Effin, its Landscape and History

    The Modern Parish of Effin combines three older religious parishes of Effin, Kilquane and Kilbreedy Minor. To understand the local history of Effin, we need to examine these old parishes which today form the civil and religious parish of Effin. As part of the course on local history I conducted some research on the Effin’s, boundaries …

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    Welcome to my blog on the Parish of Effin Parish and its History. During my study for the the Local History Programme in University of Limerick I had to do a lot of research and came accross a lot of interesting facts on Effin. My ambition some day is to write a history of Effin […]

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