Streetscape and public places
Protected/historical Structures within the Murroe Tidy Towns Area.
The Muintir na Tire Hall was the first of its kind built in Ireland about 1940.The Muintir na Tire organisation was set up by Murroe man Canon John Hayes .It is an all Ireland voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting the process of community development. The hall is now a listed building standing proud in the village a memorial to one of Murroe’s sons
Detached three-bay two-storey former parochial house, built c. 1870, in use as a house. Comprising recessed two-bay two-storey block with porch to front (east) elevation. Hipped slate roof having rendered chimneystacks and rendered eaves course. Rendered walls. Render Doric style pilasters to porch.
Detached six-bay single-storey house, built c. 1920, having shopfront in the front . Pitched slate roof with rendered chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater guttering. Roughcast rendered walls with cast-iron post box and timber sliding sash windows. Shopfront comprising square-headed display opening. Served as the Post Office for the village until the 1980s.
The Corner stone of the Church of the Holy Rosary Murroe was laid in 1925 it took one year to complete. Land for the new church was given by Lord Cloncurry a local landlord. The stone from Hayes Quarry in Moher, Murroe was donated by Sir Charles Barrington land lord. O’Malley’s of Limerick were the architects and the beautiful stain glass windows were made by Watsons of Cork The church celebrated its 100 years anniversary in 2005.
Detached three-bay two-storey house, built c. 1900, with front porch and two-bay two-storey extension to rear. Built as the parochial house.
Detached two-bay single-storey Norman Revival gate lodge, built c. 1860, comprising gabled porch and timber extension to rear. Snecked sandstone walls with carved heraldic plaque at the front and quatrefoil motif in the porch. Recessed square-headed openings to corners, marble columns with carved limestone caps and quarry glazed windows at the front. Pair of square-profile limestone piers with carved caps and double-leaf cast-iron gates.
Semi-detached three-bay two-storey house, built c. 1890, with a recent portico and gablet. These houses were built for the teachers in the local primary school .The old school is now gone having been replaced by the new primary school built in 1964.
The old village pump. Last used in the 1960's.
The Monument, a replica Celtic cross by the Waterford sculptor William Gaffney, was unveiled at Murroe on the 27th of May 1923 by Bishop of Cashel Bishop Harty a Murroe native. The first memorial in the country erected to the memory of the men who lost their lives in The Irish War of Independence. Dedicated to the men of the Limerick Brigades of the IRA among them two local men Patrick Ryan Waller and John Frahill .Their grave is to be found behind the church at Murroe where they were interred once the war was over
2019 Adjudication Report Mark 43 out of 50
You are located in a rural area surround by great lush farmland with its well-maintained farmhouses and yards, many of which are surrounded by outbuildings. As a rural village you have a mixture of single and two storey vernacular buildings – residents and businesses sitting side by side. We were delighted to see businesses in the village as these are important both economically and socially for a rural community. The central open space with the raised mound surmounted by the Celtic style cross monument is quite imposing on the streetscape. We admired that you haven’t cluttered this area and left its simplicity to be cherished. There are some fine structures in and close to the village – Glenstal Abbey is quite magnificent along with the beautiful gate lodges and surrounding landscaping. The Romanesque Revival Holy Rosary RC church is very ornate and quite imposing on the streetscape. Muintir na Tire Hall, the forge, the garda station and the national school also add to the architectural merit and character of the village. We also admired the pair of houses built for the school teachers around 1890. The boundary wall to school wall was in need of painting – we see this is in your work schedule to be carried out. We admired the simplicity of the grotto in the church grounds – would you consider adding a seat to this area? Don’t clutter the area with free standing planters and pots.
2018 Adjudication Report Mark 43 out of 50
I admired your lovely new wall. I can understand your disappointment at the two derelict buildings. The Monument is a very historic structure and good to see so well maintained. The Catholic Church is beautiful in every way and a credit to the people of Murroe. I note your concerns about the roof of the Post Office. Spar and the Pharmacy stand out in good condition and the Garda Station was neat and tidy.There is a splendid traditional stone boundary wall of Glenstal Abbey, and it is a perfect example of how these walls should be built.The school is splendid and a credit to the teachers and local people, but the outside wall will shortly need some painting. You could consider planting a few suitable creeping shrubs that could eventually cover most of the wall. Your credit union and local bars were bright and cheerful. The Forge is a great traditional structure and it could be tidied up a bit.
2017 Adjudication Report Mark 43 out of 50
Had never been to Murroe before so you can imagine the shock I got when I arrived at the monument, and what a wonderful centrepiece. That, Glenstal Abbey and its accompanying buildings and your Church, are the proudest buildings in the village. And all are elements of the built environment that you can be proud of as a community. Your school is another gem and the adjudicator enthused over the artistic impressions of Murroe live on the walls. Beautiful. You mentioned the old Post Office but I could not distinguish which of the buildings it was from your map. But the modern Post Office has a buzz to it that I liked. That contribution from the former proprietors was generous indeed and shows the esteem in which you are regarded in your community. Both of the pubs are well presented also and must have drawing power judging by their appearance. I loved the thatch, even if I could not make head nor tail of it, but most likely a smoking room. The unusual design of the Muintir Na Tire building is eye catching, its history a major element of your local lore. The Credit Union is also admired.