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    By Jim Regan

    Several years ago, I began a journey to learn more about my Irish ancestors, and along the way I met three special women from Ballyhaught, Effin Parish, County Limerick. This meeting was not in person but rather through the warm letters and reflections of people who came …

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    Shanahan Family, Killeedy to Effin


    A brief history of our ancestors

    Our ancestors were exiled to the Sliabh Luachra area in the late 17th century after their farms were lost
    to the Adventurers Act and the Act for the Settlement of Ireland 1652. Earlier migrations of people to
    this region happened after the Desmond Rebellions …

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    Audio Recording of Opening of Hall in Effin 1958


    Recently a 60 yr old audio reel recording of the opening of the Hall in 1958 came to light thanks to John Upton who found a collection of audio recordings of Fr. Browne. He got the

    Follow this link to listen to that night,  sadly many of those voices have …

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    Religious Sites in Effin


    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 and …

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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 …

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    Effin Hurling Team – Songs


    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


    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 will deal with …

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    Tracing your Ancestors in Effin


    For the year of the gathering 2013, I finally completed my family tree on the Kennedys of Effin. I am very proud of my ancestry as they have fought and died for our rights and the rights of our country. Our ancestors have lived through some of Ireland’s darkest hours, …

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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 …

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    Tobernea Manor


    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,

    In …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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