History

"The former Church of Ireland building, which was dedicated to St. James, dates from 1816. It was built on land donated by the Rev. Frederick Mullins and the Board of First Fruits contributed £800 towards the cost. In 1868 it was greatly extended and largely rebuilt. Where members of the Church of Ireland worshipped prior to 1816 is uncertain. They may at one time have used the Dromavalla church but this would appear to have been a total ruin by 1682. Lewis's topographical dictionary, dated 1837, says that the remains of the old protestant church were to be seen in Dungeel and this was repeated by Canon James Leslie who wrote in 1940 that the ruin in Johnston's farm was the old protestant church. It is impossible to say whether Charles Smith was referring to the Dromawalla or Dungeel ruin when he wrote in 1756 that Killorglin church was then in ruins."

Excerpt taken from "History of Killorglin" by Kieran Foley 1988

"The protestant community up to the 1930 had a primary school in Clooncarrig, the teachers were Mr & Mrs Wright."

"A feature of the church is the square tower extending high above the roof level. From here an excellent panoramic view of the Laune Valley and farmlands can be seen. In the war of Independence (1916) and in the Civil War, the tower was said to have been used as a sniping position, while the congregation in the Church prayed for peace and an end to hostilities."

"A total of 21 Rectors (Parsons) have ministered here, the best remember by the older generation was Rev. George Edmund Power who served for 41 years 1900/1941. The Sexton (parish clerk) was for many years Patrick Patsy Hartnett. After his death in 1946 the job was taken over by William Bobby West who with his daughter Honor continued in this role until the church closed in 1998."

Patrick Houlihan, Local Historian