Welcome to Murroe -Boher
The parish of Murroe-Boher is situated in east Limerick. It is on the border of County Tipperary and borders the parishes of Newport (Tipperary), Cappamore and Caherconlish (Limerick). The Parish was originally known as Abbeyowney or Abington. It includes part of the baronies of Owneybeg and Clanwilliam.. The name Murroe translates in Irish to Maigh Rua meaning the Red Plain. It was so named from the sandstone deposit in the area. Though Murroe is a small village, it has rich history. Famous people like Daniel O’Connell and Fr Theobald Mathew both visited Murroe with their Monster meetings and Temperance Movement .
A Brief History of Murroe-
The oldest part of the village is that of Clonkeen church with a Hiberno-Romanesque style of architecture .The four walls and ornate doorway still remain, and is located in what is now Clonkeen graveyard.
What is now Abington Grave yard was once the site of a Cistercian monastery .It was built in the1206.It existed as one of the most important Cistercian monasteries in Ireland until it was closed by Henry VIII in 1540 as part of the reformation. The Abbey fell into disrepair after this, and was completely dismantled in the eighteenth century.
The Barringtons played an important part in Murroe’s History. The Barrington’s built Glenstal Castle and they developed the existing Murroe village at the gates of their estate.Charles Barrington born 1848 went to school in Rugby, England and is credited with introducing rugby to Ireland. The Barringtons left Murroe in the 1920’s and the castle became a Benedictine Abbey and later a boys boarding school.
Murroe played its part in the land wars and the War of Independence .The Monument at the entrance to Murroe village is a unique memorial of its kind and was one of the first to be erected in 1923 after the deaths of two local men Jack Frahill and Pat Ryan (Waller) and the men of the East, West and Mid Limerick Brigades.
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