Welcome to Brosna

Brosna village. ©Martin O'Grady Church, Brosna. ©Martin O'Grady Countryside, Brosna. ©Martin O'Grady

Brosna is a parish in the Sliabh Luachra area in County Kerry. It is about 10 miles from  Castleisland and 1,200 make it their home. It consists of Brosna town and 34 townlands. It is an agricultural  parish, supporting two churches, two schools, a post office, and five public houses. Some famous Munster rivers have their sources in the parish; the Clydagh, the Braonach, and the Munster Blackwater. The highest point is Mount Eagle. Crochaun Mountain is 1,400 feet above sea level, with its wonderful views. Brosna is bordered by County Cork, and County Limerick. The nearest neighbours are Castleisland and Knocknagoshel in County Kerry, Abbeyfeale and Mountcollins in Limerick, and Ballydesmond and Rockchapel in Cork.

Church Interior

An old thatched church was built about 1800  in the grounds of the graveyard near the present church when Father Nicholas Moore was parish priest. The present church "St Moling & St Carthage" was built in 1868 when Father Patrick Moriarty was the parish priest and it was designed by architect George Ashlin. It is a gothic form church  built from dressed stones quarried from Pat O'Callaghan's land in Knopoge. Farmers brought them to the site with horses and carts. The roof beams and seating were made of pitch pine. Many of the stained glass windows were donated by parishioners. The marble altar was designed by Pugin and it was transported to Brosna by 11 horses. It's 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). The presbytery was built in 1868 when the church was built. This has been home to parish priests and catholic curates who have served the parish. It was restored by Reverand Tadhg O'Doherty in 1998. The church's restoration was completed in 2010. The original stone faced interior with a slightly modern twist augments the gothic atmosphere. The church has been the centre of much intereset since its completion.

Brosna Pubs

Flanagans - Run by Michael Flanagan and his son Kieran, Flanagans is in the square across from the church. It is a popular place in the village with Michael participating regularly. Flanagans is renowned for intimate atmosphere and warm welcomes.

The Three Counties - is also in the square and run by Joe and Eileen Browne. On the weekend of the Con Curtin Festival, the Three Counties provides an excellent food  courtesy of Eileen's sister, Sheila McGoldrick.

The Sportsfield Bar - A 'halfway house' in the village, the Sportsfield is run by Bridget O'Rourke. With a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, it's a popular destination in the village.

Kate Pats is run by John Cronin & his wife Ellen and often has traditional music throughout the year.

The Woodview Bar - more affectionately known as The Bottom Bar is run by Paul O'Connor.

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