The village of Tuamgraney is about 1km south of Scarriff, on the R463 road. Beyond Tinarana Bay, the road runs around the shoulder of Caher Mountains and west to Tuamgraney.
Origin of Name: The name Tuamgraney in Irish is ‘Tuain Greine’, ‘The Tomb of Grain’ or ‘Graney’ – referring to the legendary Grain, daughter of a local king who drowned in the lake.
In the 7th century, Saint Cronan of Holy Island, founded a monastery at Tuamgraney. Vikings from Limerick attached and looted the monastery on several occasions, and with its illuminated manuscripts and chalices it proved rich pickings for the invaders. In the 10th century, Abbot Cormac O’Killeen restored the monastery, then later, Brian Boru took an interest in the monastery and is believed to have assisted the monks in rebuilding it.
Saint Cronan’s Church is renowned for being the oldest Church in Ireland having continuous services there. The Church of Ireland Service continues every 4th Sunday of the Month at 9.30am and everyone is very welcome.
The village offers many activities ranging from horse riding, sightseeing to angling in the East Clare Lakelands – while Reddan’s Quay is an ideal location for fishing. Mc Kernan Woollen Mill is located in the heart of Tuamgraney and is home to the luxurious scarves that are designed and woven there.
Tuamgraney is also proud to be the birthplace of world renowned author, Edna O’Brien and there is a plaque in her honour at the entrance to the Drewsboro Gate home where she was born. The village also counts world champion handball players, The Kirby Brothers, as locals – while at the heart of the village is the East Clare Memorial Park, there is a plaque to commemorate well-known historian, Dr. Edward McLysaght.
Another little interesting piece of trivia about the area… The Oldest Oak Tree in Ireland is located in Raheen Woods, just outside the village – and it’s quite a sight to behold.
St. Cronan’s church is open to visitors Monday – Sunday throughout the months of May to August.
For more information on St. Cronan’s church click here.