Welcome to Margarets Pages ...
the Brosna series.


I have been doing genealogy since 1978, and in 1999 was appointed the Official Genealogist of the Curtin Clan Association affiliated in Ireland with Clans of Ireland.
My husband's  Curtin people came from Brosna Parish , and over the years I have collected detail and share it with you via these pages and links.  I live in Australia but visit this area each time I am in Ireland collecting genealogical data.
BROSNA Co Kerry, Ireland ... , from Snippets of the Past by Josie McCreesh for the Brosna Heritage Company Ltd.  compiled 1999
Brosna parish is situated in Sliabh Luachra in the Barony of Trughenackmy.  It's electoral area incorporates 5,823 acres 2 roods and 6 perches.  The present population is 1,200.  It consists of the Brosna Village and 34 townlands.

Some famous Munster Rivers have their sources in the parish - the Feale, the Clydagh, the Braonach, and the Munster Black Water.
The highest point is Mount Eagle.

Crochaun Mountain is 1400 feet above sea level, with its wonderful view.
Brosna, Co Kerry is bordered by Co Cork, and Co Limerick.  Our nearest neighbours Castleisland and Knocknagoshel in Co Kerry, Abbeyfeale and Mountcollins in Co Limerick, and Ballydesmond and Rockchapel in Co Cork.  It is a rural parish mainly agricultural, supporting 2 Churches, 2 schools, a Post Office and 7 Public Houses.
34 townlands.
Names.                                 Translations.


Cnockanecrock                The Hill of the River Marsh
Toureenascarthy               Bushy Cattle Fields
Laccabawn                       White Hill
Coolegraine                     Back of Sun
Reacashla                        Coarse land with a vein
Glountane - Luskaha        The Parched Glen
Knockawinna                   The Green Hill
Clough Buaile                  Stony cattle enclosure
Ahane                             Little Ford
Knockaclarig                   The flat top hill
Tooreenfineen                  hillside of a tribe
Scrahan                          a stoney slope
Glounlahan                     a wide glen
Cappa Phaudine              little wise mans plot
Knockadarrive                the hill of the bull
Tooreenfluic                   wet cattle fields
Ballawalla                      home town
Cnockane                        small hill
Lavalla                           half wall
Tooreenablaha                 little cattle field of the flowers
Toinriac                          bottom of the marsh
Carrigeen                        little rock
Meenavouchane               smooth field of the hut
Killmanihan           church founded by Bishop Dromaingen
Knockafrecchaun    the hill of the whortleberry
TwoGneeves                   10 acres / 12th of a ploughland
Bally Beg                       small town
Meeingwaine                  smooth white field
Cnegare                         hill of the rabbits
Knockogno                     the hill of the nut
Knopoge                        the hollock
Inchamore                     big inch (riverbank)
Inchanapogue                little kissing inch
Derra                            the oak wood

BROSNA Indenture of Lease.

It was on 16 September 1868 that this piece or plot of ground known as John Coakleys Lot in the Parish of Brosna, Barony of Trughanackmy and County of Kerry was given by M.F.Collis-Sandes to the most Reverend John Coffey, RC Bishop of Kerry and the Reverend Patrick Moriarty, Parish Priest of Brosna.
The indenture of lease for aterm of 600 years, subject to the yearly rent of 5 shillings payable 1/2 yearly on the 25 March and 29th September each year.

It was customary to give a Fair ground for the use of the people in such transactions and this is how we have acquired The Square, a freehold for the use of the people of Brosna. It was here we had the customary Brosna Fairs 6 times yearly.  January 15th, March 12th,  May 10th, July 15th, September 14th and November 14th.

Collis-Sandes donated 1,000 pound towards the building of the Catholic Church in Brosna.  He was the English Lord of these lands which included the Parish of Brosna.
An old thatched church was built about 1800 when Fr Nicholas Moore  was Parish Priest, in the grounds of the graveyard near the present Church.  (he passed away in 1803)  The present Church "St Moling & St Carthage" was built in 1868 when Fr Patrick Moriarty was Parish Priest.  This Church is in gothic form and was built from dressed stones quarried from the lands of Pat OCallaghan in Knopoge
The local farmers drew them to the site with horses and carts. The roof beams were made of pitch pine and the seating is also pine.   Many of the stained glass windows were donated by parishioners.  The Altar is marble designed by Pugin and unequalled worldwide.  On arrival in Brosna it was transported by 11 horses.  A fitting adornment to  the beautiful Church and stained glass windows behind the Altar.
The marble altar rails are much younger and were donated by Denis Guiney in 1946, in memory of his parents Cornelius and Julia Guiney (this is the
Denis Guiney who began Clerys store in Dublin).   Denis Guiney details on my FamilyTreeMaker  site under Dan Guiney
The Presbytery was built when the Church was, in 1868, a great stone building.
This has been home to Parish Priests and Catholic Curates who have served the Parish.  It was restored by Revd. Tadhg ODoherty in 1998.
Knockclarig School, Brosna, Co Kerry
Willie Curtin, of Twogneeves, Brosna 1954 . with milk cans.
SAINT MOLING's HOLY WELL.
In 614 AD it was here in the foothills of Sliabh Luachra that
St Molings mother who was a native of these parts, gave birth to her baby while marooned in a fall of snow as she returned to her parents home from Carlow in Leinster.  A service of angels descended to the spot where the baby lay.  The snow melted for 30 feet around him and a spring well marked the spot.
St Moling performed many miracles.  He was Archbishop of Ferns.  He returned to Carlow to his fathers royal homestead where he built a  monastery.  It was here he died and was buried in Tigh Moling in 646 AD. This well has been a place of pilgrimage over the years.  People have paid visits to the well every Saturday in May.  A decade of Rosary is said at each of the 5 kneelers around the well, going 3 times around the kneelers.
Then taking sips of water from the well in their cupped hands, and many cures have been attributed.
The restoration of this well was carried out by the Brosna Heritage group in 1998 under the guidance of James Scanlon an International Sculptor-Glazier, who is a native of Brosna (& from a Curtin line).
Local Brosna folk involved in the Well restoration. 1998
Brosna Horse and Pony Racing . and other detail 2000
Roman Catholic Parish Map - Co Kerry
** Brosna Parish map with townlands links
Brosna Co Kerry in Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837 Samuel Lewis

BROSNA, a parish, in the county of Kerry, and province of Munster, 10 miles from Castleisland, containing 12,168 inhabitants.  It is situated on the small river Clydagh, and on the confines of the counties of Limerick and Cork, and comprises 18,013 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at 2180 pound per annum

A large portion of the land consists of coarse mountain pasture and bog, the greater part fo which might be reclaimed.  A new line of road, about 8 miles in length, is now in progress, at the expense of Col. Drummond and C.Fairfield, Esq., extending from the bridge over the Clydagh (an arch of 60 feet span), on the new road from Listowel to Newmarket, and passing through this and the adjoining parish of Ballincuslane to the village of Ardnagrath, on the old mountain road from Castleisland to Millstreet.

It is in contemplation to extend this road to Scortaglin, to form a junction with the new Government road from Castleisland to King William's town, by which the surrounding country will be greatly improved.


The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe, and in the patronage of the Bishop : the tithes amount to 175 pound.
There is neither church nor glebe-house; the glebe comprises 21 acres.  In the R.C. divisions this parish is the head of the union or district of Brosna or Knocknagoshel, which comprises also part of the adjoining parishes of Castleisland and Ballincuslane; the chapel is a thatched but commodious building, and during the summer months a school is held in it, under the superintendence of the parish priest ; there is also a chapel at Knocknagoshel, in the parish of Castleisland.

There are 2 private schools, in which about 120 children are educated.  Some slight vestiges of the ancient parish church may still be traced in the burial ground.


Click Here for BROSNA surnames
marriages & baptisms 1867 - 1878 and 1889 - 1900 under construction but quite a few Brosna parish surnames are listed.
Click Here for BROSNA Cemetery names/dates Site Page
updated  9 May 2009