MURROE & BOHER PARISH
Murroe is a picturesque village located about 12 miles (19 km) from Limerick, close to the Tipperary border and is home to the infamous beautiful Glenstal Abbey and the Clare Glens.
Murroe is located in the north-eastern part of County Limerick approximately 19 km from Limerick City and close to the Tipperary border. Nearby towns include Cappamore and Newport. The village is located on the R506 road. It is surrounded by the SlieveFelim Mountains. The population is approximately 800. The increase in recent times is due in part to the growth of Limerick city thus creating a commuter belt to include Murroe and many of the other towns and villages in the area. The village was founded in the 1830s by the Barrington family, who lived in the now Glenstal Abbey monastery and boarding school from 1926. It is possible to go for walks in the Clare Glens wooded area along the banks of the Clare River and in the gardens and lands of the monastery. Murroe is also situated near an older monastic settlement of Abbey Owney and is home to a number of historical houses and buildings, such as Brittas Castle and Thomond Scout Centre.
The parish of Murroe and Boher that exists today was originally known as the parish of Abbeyowney, or Abington. It was only in the nineteenth century that the village of Murroe became the major settlement in the parish, and the parish itself took this name. It includes part of the Norman baronies of Owneybeg and Clanwilliam. Except for a period of about 100 years from about 1670 to 1790, Murroe and Boher were always part of the parish of Abington. The oldest part of the parish is at Clonkeen Church near Barringtons Bridge on the road from Limerick. This was an early monastic site, and is mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters. The ruins of the church can still be seen there, at Clonkeen graveyard.For more information log onto: www.murroe.net
Boher is a quaint village eight miles from Limerick city with three pubs (two thatched). Boher is on the N24 Limerick to Waterford road.For more information log onto:
MARY OF MURROE Festival
|Twelve women compete for the Mary from Murroe title.Music and many other events are planned to surround the main event including a 5km fun run, live music, hurling matches, cake sale, children’s activities and much more..!|
the event is held in August each year.
MARY OF MURROE PAGEANT
The Mary from Murroe Festival is named after the song that was written about Mary Hartnett. She was born in Murroe on the 7th of August 1850. She lived in Murroe until she moved to London in the early 1880’s. She died in London on the 23rd September 1929.
The Mary from Murroe Festival started in 1986 and ran for 11 years until 1998.
Revived again in 2009
What started as a conversation in a local establishment between friends, one of which would be a contestant in the revived pageant, reminiscing on days gone by and of what Murroe once had, spiralled into a decision being made many months later to revive the Mary from Murroe festival. A lot of conversations took place over those months from late February to May until a decision was made to put words into actions and revive the Mary from Murroe festival. This is one event not to be missed as it has become so successful people are planning their family holidays around this festival.
CAPPAMORE AGRICULTURAL SHOW
(August each year)
A one day agricultural show with top class displays of cattle, horses, cookery and craft, with live on-field entertainment and children amusements.
The Show was founded in 1954 and has run continually since.
The event contains top class displays of cattle and horses together with pony and horse jumping, carriage driving and vintage machinery display.
There is an extensive display in cookery, crafts, photography and art. A dog show, small animal display plus numerous trade and craft stands are on-site. Children’s amusements and live music on the field, together with food and bar facilities ensure an enjoyable day for all the family.
Address: Show Office, Moore Street, Cappamore, Limerick.
Phone: +353 61 381062
GLENSTAL ABBEY MURROE
Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery of the Congregation of the Annunciation located in Murroe, County Limerick. It is dedicated to Saint Joseph and Saint Columba. The current abbot of the monastery is Dom Patrick Hederman OSB. The abbey is located in and beside Glenstal Castle, a Normanesque castle built by the Barrington family.
The picturesque grounds include lakes, forests and an old walled, terraced garden which features a “bible garden”.
The monastery runs an all-boys boarding secondary school on its grounds, Glenstal Abbey School, home to approximately two hundred students.
Address: Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick, Ireland.
Phone (Within Ireland): 061 621000
Phone (Outside Ireland): +353 61 621000
Coming from Dublin along the main Limerick motorway (M7), take Exit 28. On exiting you will be on a roundabout. Take the third exit marked Castletroy/Limerick (R445). Pass by Finnegans on the left, at the traffic lights turn left onto the R506 and the road is well sign-posted to both Murroe and Glenstal Abbey, about six miles from the main road. Coming from Limerick along the main Dublin road, pass over the new bridge at
Annacotty and take the turn to the right at the traffic lights, where the sign-post reads Glenstal Abbey.
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GROUNDS: Visitors can walk the Front and Back avenues at their leisure. The lands have a wide variety of specimen trees and flowers and are a wildlife sanctuary. Part of the remains of Irelands primitive oak forest lies along the edge of the Front Avenue. Please note that the school buildings and playing fields are not normally open to the public.
RECEPTION AND SHOP: A Reception area is located on the right hand side of the entrance arch. Washroom facilities are provided; regrettably teas and coffees are not available. There is a shop with a wide range of books and gifts and it is generally open daily from 9am until 5pm.
CHURCH: You are especially welcome to join the Community at times of prayer and for Massthough you may visit the Church at any time.
MURROE COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND
The Murroe Community Playground has a large range of state of the art play facilities for children of all ages including children with disabilities.
The play equipment includes flat seat swings, cradle and flat swing, basket swing, spika spinner, junior spika, spinner bowl, supernova, jeep springer, horse springer, speaking tubes, 4 seat spring seesaw, toddler multi play unit, junior multi play unit, as well as an abacus play panel, xylophone play unit, ball maze unit, X and O unit, date unit and a weather unit.
The playground is open during daylight hours.
There is seating and ample car parking available.
Main Street, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
THE CLARE GLENS
The Clare Glens are a wooded area along the banks of the Clare River, which separates County Tipperary and County Limerick, Ireland. Very close to Newport, County Tipperary. It consists of a picturesque walkway on each bank of the river and while the Limerick side is nice, it is the Tipperary walkway which boasts more spectacular views and also many fine swimming locations. The most notable of which is an opening below a waterfall known as “The Big Eas”.
Leave Limerick going towards Dublin. Then take the turn towards Newport (R503).
Go through Newport, take the first right towards Murroe for roughly 2km.
The best parking is at a parking area at the “Clare Bridge”.
THE CELTIC CROSS MONUMENT IN MURROE
The Celtic Cross Monument at the other end of the village was built to commemorate local men who died in the War of Independence.
There is a small woodland area open to the public on the Main Street of Murroe.
WALKING IN AND AROUND MURROE
The village is situated at the foothills of the Slieve Felim Mountain Range, which offer beautiful scenery and many walking paths.
Murroe is surrounded by beautiful unspoilt nature, and offers several spectacular walks. The following 4 walks are signposted from the village. 3 of these are loop walks, of varying length, and are suitable for an afternoon walk. The longer Slieve Felim way goes from Murroe to the Silvermines, and is 36km long.
WALKS IN THE SLIEVE FELIM MOUNTAINS
Entrance to Glenstal Woods
1. GLENSTAL WOODS LOOP
Start from the village of Murroe. There is a signpost for the trailhead at the cross roads within the village adjacent to the Celtic cross monument. With the church on your left take the road to the left, past the National School. Follow this road for approximately 2km and turn left following the signs for the SlieveFelim Way. After 3km you reach the trailhead located at a barrier entrance to Glenstal Forest Recreation Area.
A map board here gives further detailed information on the walk. This loop gives fine views into north Co. Limerick and South Tipperary and of Keeper Hill to the north. Near the end the loop descends into natural woodland where in Summer, the rhododendron is spectacular. This loop is estimated to take 3 to 4 hours, and is graded as moderate.
For more information log onto Glenstal Woods Maps and Directions
2 THE SLIEVE FELIM WAY
Stretching from Murroe in County Limerick to Silvermines Village in County Tipperary (a distance of approximately 23 miles (36 kilometres), the Slieve Felim Way takes you into the heart of beautiful, rural countryside.Scenic views of four counties, glimpses of some of Irelands most spectacular waterways, plenty of forest trails and an interesting mountain route which is not too demandingthe SlieveFelim Way has much to offer the walking enthusiast.
Along the way, you encounter a series of unspoilt hills and mountains but the fully approved NWWC walking trail is gentle on the limbs, with all of the peaks being avoided.A detailed map board is located at the start point in the centre of Murroe village. Follow the route signs from here to the entrance to Glenstal woods, about 5km from the village, where another map board provides further information on this and other walks.
A booklet is available on the Slieve Felim way from Shannon Region Tourist Offices. It gives detailed maps highlighting the above walking trail. There are also directions and maps available on the Discover Ireland web site
WALKS IN THE CLARE GLENS
Despite its name, the Clare River is not in County Clare but forms the boundary between the counties of Tipperary and Limerick. The Clare Glens through which the Clare River flows is a gorge which runs along the North boundary of the parish of Murroe. This very picturesque red sandstone gorge is heavily wooded and the river runs through a series of waterfalls and rapids which provide breathtaking scenery. There are two looped routes along the banks of the Clare Glens, each of which are signposted from the village of Murroe. Care should be taken along the steeper parts of the bank of the river.
1. CLARE GLENS LOOP
Start from the village of Murroe. A signpost for the trailhead is located outside the Garda Station opposite the Celtic cross monument. Follow the signs for Clare Glens which take you north out of the village. Follow this road for approximately 5km to reach the trailhead at a car parking area on your left.
The loop starts from a metal swing gate at the left of the bridge over the Clare River. Turn left onto a narrow trail following the green and purple arrows. The purple arrows are for the longer Glens Loop, and the green for shorter Nature Loop. This walk is estimated to take approximately 1hr 30mins, and is graded as easy.
For more information log onto Clare Glens Loop Map and Directions:
2. NATURE LOOP
As for the Clare Glens loop, start from the village of Murroe. A signpost for the trailhead is located outside the Garda Station opposite the Celtic cross monument. Follow the signs for Clare Glens which take you north out of the village. Follow this road for approximately 5km to reach the trailhead at a car parking area on your left.
The loop starts from a metal swing gate at the left of the bridge over the Clare River. Turn left onto a narrow trail following the green and purple arrows. The green arrows are for the Nature loop. This loop is estimated to take between 30 minutes and an hour.
For more information log onto Nature Loop Map and Directions:
GLENSIDE PITCH AND PUTT MURROE
Open 7 days, 10am – 8pm (Located across from entrance to Glenstal Abbey).
It is an 18 hole course; With sand bunkers and lakes present.
Address: Glenstal Cross, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 061 386 269
MURROE BOHER GAA
Murroe Boher GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in County Limerick. It is based in the parish of Murroe Boher in the east division of Limerick GAA.
The club was founded in 1887, which makes it one of the oldest clubs in County Limerick.
Address: Murroe Boher GAA Club, Brittas, Boher, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 086 607 7680
KEEPER HILL LOOP WALK
Keeper Hill is situated in the Slieve Felim mountain range in North Tipperary but just 15km east of Limerick City. The Gaelic name for the hill is Sliabh Coimhailta “the mountain of guarding!”
At a height of 694m, Keeper Hill is the highest mountain in the Shannon area and the 117th highest in Ireland. The hill is wrapped in a forestry area of 3,300 hectares – the 300 hectare summit is designated as a National Heritage Area – considered important for the habitats present or species of plants and animals whose habitat needs protection.
This loop overlaps with a short section of the Slieve Felim Way – a 30km waymarked route which travels from Murroe in County Limerick to Silvermines in County Tipperary.
En-route it passes through the small but pleasant village of Toor and onward across the shoulder of Keeper Hill. While the loop (marked with blue arrows) explores the lower shoulders of Keeper Hill, the ‘hardy’ walker will enjoy incorporating the trek to the summit (the red arrows).
A-B.Starting from the car park follow the blue (and red) arrow northward along the laneway. The red arrows are for the longer trek to the top of Keeper Hill. After almost
2km the loop reaches a crossroads – turn right here and after 100m enter Ballyhourigan Woods via the metal barrier.
B-C. Ascend along the forestry roadway in the direction of Keeper Hill – after 3km the loop and trek separate at a 3-way junction. Here you have the choice of turning left and following the red arrows to the top of Keeper Hill, the return journey will take you 1hr – 1hr 30mins. The main loop turns right – following the blue arrow.
C-A. Continue to follow the blue arrows along the forestry roadway. Note that you are also following yellow arrows which are for the long-distance Slieve Felim Way. The loop sweeps south and descends to the townland of Boolatin – passing en-route a stone sweat house. After 4km you regain the trailhead.
Murroe AFC have both Ladies and Mens football teams competing in the Limerick District Leagues.
Murroe AFC also cater for Underage School boys.
Murroe AFC, situated in Tubber, have grown from strength to strength in recent years with many new members coming from the many new inhabitants following the rapid (some would say too rapid) development of Murroe.
Noel Regan, Murroe AFC,086 810 9682
MUNCHIES TAKEAWAY MURROE
Munchies Takeaway has an extensive menu including fresh cut chips and fresh fish.
Meal deals Monday to Thursday;
Two meals for €10.
Food made to order call 061 386 525.
Mon – Thu, 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sun, 5:30pm – 12:00am
Munchies Takeaway, Main Street, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 061 386 525
CHURCH OF THE HOLY ROSARY; MURROE
The Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Liscreagh, Murroe, Co. Limerick
Holy Rosary is a Roman Catholic Church in the parish of Murroe Boher; In the diocese of Cashel and Emily.
Daily at 10.00am; 1st Fridays 10.00am & 6.30pm; Saturdays 6.30pm; Sundays 9.00am & 11.30am
SAINT NICHOLAS CHURCH;
Church of St Nicholas, Downey’s Cross Roads, Lismullane, Boher, Co. Limerick.
St Nicholas is a Roman Catholic Church in the parish of Murroe Boher;
In the diocese of Cashel and Emily.
Daily at 9.30am; Saturday – 7.30pm; Sundays – 10.00am
ABINGTON CHURCH MURROE
Abington Church Murroe, Abington, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 061 386 435 (Felicity Roche)
CLONKEEN GRAVEYARD MURROE
Clonkeen, Murroe, Limerick.
Historic Graves: http://historicgraves.com/graveyard/clonkeen/li-clkn
RIVERSDALE HOUSE B&B
Address: Abington, Murroe.
Riversdale farmhouse is set in peaceful surroundings with Mulcair river flowing through this beef farm. Riversdale is a spacious farmhouse offering accommodation for the tourist and is a perfect base for touring throughout the South and West of Ireland.
Address: Riversdale, Abington, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
Phone: +353 61 386 225,
Rinnaknock B&B is situated in Murroe (Maigh Rua or The Red Plain), a scenic location beside Glenstal Abbey grounds, fifteen minutes drive from Limerick City. It is a family run B&B, and a long time member of the Town & Country Homes Association and Bord Failte. We are located on the Slieve Felim Cycling and Walking Trails.
Address: Tom and Mary Seaver, Glenstal, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Phone: +353 (0) 61 386189
MILLBANK HOUSE AND ANGLING CENTRE
Millbank House was built in 1733 by the Keays family and today is the home of Richard and Eleanor Keays.
Millbank has been taking care of guests for over thirty years and always looks forward to seeing many familiar faces returning year after year. It has a long tradition of being one of Ireland’s famous fishing houses with professional fishing services available on site, so you need to do very little organising yourself, we do it for you. We have a number of tailor made packages, geared at different types of angling at excellent prices. We will also assist you in tailoring your own holiday if preferred. All bedrooms are large and ensuite.
Address: Millbank House, Murroe, Co. Limerick
Phone: 061 386115
PA MCGRATHS PUB; BOHER
This pub, which is in the style of a traditional old thatched Irish cottage and includes a modern new lounge, is beautifully and appropriately decorated. Pa McGraths is situated on the main Limerick to Tipperary Road, just ten minutes from Limerick City. A visit here is a wonderful experience!
Pa McGraths Pub, Boher, Co. Limerick.
Phone: +353 61 351 389
O NEILLS PUB; BOHER
O’Neill’s Bar, Boher, Co. Limerick.
O’Neill’s Pub is a 260 year old thatched pub. This type of traditional house with its small windows, loft room and thatched ceilings is very much back in vouge. O’Neill’s has many attractive features such as the open fire, decorative thatched roof inside and flag stone floors.
Phone: 061 351215
POWERS PUB THE PLOUGHLANDS
Phone: 061 386147
Address: Abington, Murroe.
Powers Pub is located approx. about 2km from the village of Murroe. It has been serving the local community for over 100 years. The current proprietors Mike and Jodie Power cater for all types of functions. They currently hold a lively music and song session on Thursday Night.
From Limerick City take the N7 Dublin rd past the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, and accross Annacotty Bridge.
Take the next right turn onto the R506 signposted Cappamore and Murroe.
Follow the signs for Cappamore for 5.6 miles (Don’t turn left for Murroe Village) passing Abington Enterprise Centre on your right approx 0.5km on the Left hand side you will locate Powers Pub.
HANLEYS BAR; BOHER
The only non-thatched pub in Boher.
Boher, Pallasgreen, Limerick, Co. Limerick.
CROKERS BAR AND RESTAURANT
Crokers Bar exudes old world charm. Decorated throughout with bric-a-brac, welcoming open fires,wooden beams, stone and a playground for the kids, Crokers makes an ideal location to enjoy Sunday Lunch or a Traditional Irish Music Session in Johnny’s Cottage.
Crokers Bar & Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. The extensive menu offered has something to suit all culinary tastes.
Johnnys Cottage is the Live Music location. You will find live music session midweek and weekends ranging from Traditional Irish Music to performances by popular Limerick Bands.
Address: Main Street, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 061 386418
THE VALLEY INN MURROE
Mon – Thu, 1:30pm – 12am
Fri – Sat, 12pm – 1am
Sun, 12pm – 12am
Address: The Valley Inn, Main Street, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Phone: 087 975 3591
Takes Reservations, Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Catering Outdoor Seating
New Genealogical Free Websites.
- The Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837.
- Griffiths land Valuation 1847-1864.
- Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858-1920.
- ROUND ABOUT THE COUNTY OF LIMERICK: BY REV. JAMES DOWD, A.B.,AUTHOR OF LIMERICK AND ITS SIEGES. 1896
- Ireland Census 1901 and 1911 .
- Witness Statements taken from the Bureau of Military History (1913-21) Tipperary and Limerick Statements ONLY.
- Irish Army Census Collection 1922.
- Historic graves including images of headstones.
- One of the best resources available free online is The Family search.org website.