History & Heritage

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Interesting Links…

Coleen Ban

Langan – O’Longain

R W Yacht Club (1)

R W Yacht Club (2)


Glin Lewis Topographical Directory

Glin Census 1901

Glin Census 1911



Glin Historical Society Publications
There are many publications about Glin and by Glin people and most of these are in Glin Library.
Publications include
The Knights of Glin – Seven Centuries of Change
and editions of
The Glencorbry Chronicle
that include the following articles:
Glin Heritage Centre by Mary M Moore
Food for Thought by James O’Donovan
Glin Workhouse by Bernard Stack
Hamilton Terrace by Kathleen Fitzgerald
The Treasures of Glin Castle by Desmond FitzGerald
Glin Tennis Club by Margaret O’Leary
The Death of John Murray by Thomas J Byrne
Glin During the Great Hunger by Tom Donovan
Roibeard Breathnach? Anseo a mhuinteoir! by John A Culhane
Glin Bridewell by Tom Donovan
Some Thoughts on Religious Practices and the Survival of Faction by Patrick Coleman
The Glin Drowning Tragedy by Tom Donovan
Typhoid at Glin by John Curtin
The Local Fishing Industry by Jason Windle
The Boston Pilot by Tom Donovan
Spanish Letter by Margaret O’Leary
Book Reviews by Tom Donovan
The Lime Kilns of Glin by Bernard Stack
Micheal O’Longain by Catherine O’Connor
Prehistoric Structures at Ballyhahill by Gerard Curtin
Grave Dispute at Glin by Tom Donovan
A Centenary Record of Famine in West Limerick by John Curtin
The Four Brothers – Eighteenth Centtury Knights of Glin by Thomas J Byrne
A Big Top Down Under by Tom Donovan
Some Recollections of Old Glin by John O’Shaughnessy
Parson Weldon’s Ledger by Tom Donovan
Home Thoughts by John Curtin
Two Popular Glin Tunes by Tom Donovan
Business Survey of Glin 1926-1942 by Christina Craft
Some Old Glin Wills by Tom Donovan and Anna Costello


Glin Castle & the Knights of Glin

Dr Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin (RIP)

Glin Castle and the FitzGerald family

The Knight of Glin Papers at UL

FitzGeralds Estate

FitzGeralds Ancestry

Watch a video about Glin Castle featuring Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin


Glin Historical Society Meetings & Events 2013
All meetings held in Cloverfield unless otherwise stated.
Members and guests invited to bring old photos, artefacts and items of interest to the group.
New members always welcome.

Visit to Scattery Island, Sunday, 18th August 2013 (outing)

Meet at Glin Church Car Park at 10:30am and take Tarbert to Killimer ferry at 11am. Maximise passenger numbers in cars for Tarbert ferry (Car €28 return) so car with five people less than €6 each. Visit the Colleen Bawn monument and then her grave at Old Burrane Graveyard. Proceed to Kilrush for coffee break before taking the ScatteryIsland ferry at 1pm. After a short boat trip we will be met by our OPW guides Stephen and Margaret. Return from Scattery at 4pm. Please bring drinks and food for the three hours on Scattery as apart from toilets there are few facilities. Wear strong walking shoes/boots and bring sun cream and rain coats to cover the Irish Summer. Numbers on boat limited, so to reserve place book with Rosemary Daly (087) 6296439. rosemarydalyie@gmail.com €15 fee payable prior to trip (€7 under 16)

Sunday July 28th visit to Askeaton (outing)

Sunday June 30th visit to Rathkeale (outing)

Sunday April 28th visit to Ballyhahill (outing)

Meet at the Church Car Park, Glin, 2pm

Thursday April 25th at 8pm (meeting)

Monthly Meeting at Cloverfield

Sunday April 21st (outing)

Glin Historical Society hosts Shanid Historical Society for a tour of Glin Castle and Glin town.

Thursday March 21st at 8pm (meeting)

Thursday February 21st at 8pm (meeting)
Val O’Shaughnessy has agreed to do a film show at  our February meeting. It will feature footage of Glin from 1966 in the time when farmers queued for the creamery and created a vibrant atmosphere.

Wednesday 23rd January at 8pm


Sunday 21st April 2013 Glin Historical Society host a Shanid Historical Society visit to Glin Castle followed by a walking tour of Glin town.

Glin Historical Society welcomed Shanid Historical Society (Shanagolden) to Glin on Sunday last, April 21st. A large crowd of over 70 people attended a tour of Glin Castle and later a walk around the village. Marian Prendergast gave a very informative guided tour of the artefacts and portraits in the castle, interspersed with historic tales and anecdotes. A break for a welcome cup of tea was followed by a tour of the sites of interest in the village.
The weather was beautiful and everybody seemed to enjoy the afternoon.
We look forward to next Sundays outing to Ballyhahill. Meeting at Glin Church 2pm


1 Response to History & Heritage

  1. Kevin Murphy says:

    At age 82 (almost 83) I find it amazing that I am just now visiting this site. My mother (Cooney & O’Shea) was from the Ballydonohue area. I have just discovered this site today. Long time coming. While I am just skimming the surface at the moment, I am positively impressed with the site, and I have created a few of my own. Naturally, content is a factor in my judgment, but so, too, are design and accessibility, both of which have thus far been (forgive me for using the time-worn cliche) “user friendly.”

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