Killagholehane Cemetery and Church Ruin

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  • Killagholehane Church and Cemetery Broadford

Built in the 15th Century, this national monument was the parish church. Within the burial ground adjacent to the church is an important republican plot and the headstone commemorates the deaths of local people during the War of Independence.

Tradition related that when Christianity was introduced people could not agree on a site for their Church. Prayers were said for guidance. An unusual snowfall came in the month of July when the plans of the church were marked on the snow.

The name given to the Church recording this remarkable event was the Church of O’Lehane’s field. Later the Church was dedicated to a patron saint: Beta Virgo Marie ad Nives, known then by local people as “Muire Sneachta” and later as “Our Lady of the Snows”.

The present Church in the village of Broadford is “Our Lady’s of the Snow’s Church”

The first written records of the church occurs in the year 1209 but the present Church was built in the 15th Century. It was the parish church. The Church is a national monument and is cared for by Duchas the Heritage Service.


Located 2km South of Broadford Village, County Limerick and part of the walking trails route.

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Treaty Stone Limerick. Photo Piotr Machowczyk