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History of Roscomroe

Roscomroe derives from the Irish Ros Com Rua meaning Reddish Crooked Wood.

St. Molua’s Church & Graveyard
Reputedly founded by St. Molua around 608 AD, this is the site of a monastic settlement which was later replaced by a late medieval church and graveyard. It is said that the original monastery survived until Cromwellian times, and that the abbot was taken and killed by Cromwellian soldiers after he had thrown the monastic treasures into a muddy mill-pond, which was situated in the NE corner of the present graveyard. These treasures have never been found.

The remains of the church comprise the western gable with single bellcote and broken out window which formerly lit the nave, the western end of the northern wall, and the ruins of the doorway at the west end of the south wall. The church was a simple rectangular structure surrounded by a small graveyard.

Situated to the SE of the church in an adjoining field is a natural spring, well known as St. Molua’s Well. A pattern was held at the well in the 4th August each year, in years gone by, and people came from all over the surrounding countryside to pray at the well. The well’s water is said to cure warts. The well is now enclosed by a modern stone canopy with a carved head.

Cure for warts: Cover wart with water from the well and say a hail mary every morning for seven days.

St. Molua’s (Present Church)
This church is situated at a crossroads on the northern boundary of Gurteen townland where the boundaries of Beagh, Roscomroe and Gorteen meet. The present church was originally a thatched edifice erected in 1830. According to tradition, a local man named Bill O Toole whose family initiated the movement to have the church erected there, laid the first stone in 1830 and forty years later in 1870, when the building was enlarged and given its present T-shaped design, he was given the privilege of putting the final stone in place.