In the southern side of Clonmore graveyard, Bree, Co. Wexford stands a large, upright slab of stone that is noticeably different to the surrounding grave markers. It bears no written inscription and it has a […]
May Day folklore From Bree Parish
The accounts below detail some of the superstitions which once surrounded May Day in Bree parish. They are based on information supplied to the Irish Folklore Commission by children studying at Galbally school in the […]
The Battle of Lambstown, 1650
In October 1650 a bloody battle was fought near the border of Bree and Glynn parishes at a place called Lambstown.
A medieval farmstead at Ballybuckley, Bree?
In 2007 the parish’s first archaeological investigation was carried out at Ballybuckley, Bree (see site location map at the bottom). It revealed evidence of medieval activity, possibly representing a farmstead, in the southern part of […]
Antiquarian Drawings of Ballybrittas Portal Tomb, Bree
These beautiful images of the Neolithic portal tomb (dolmen) at Ballybrittas, Bree were drawn by the noted antiquarian illustrator, George Victor Du Noyer, in July 1862. They represent the oldest surviving depictions of the dolmen […]
The Ancient Church Site at Clonmore, Bree
Clonmore church, Bree is the site of ancient monastery which was founded by St. Aidan in the 7th century AD.
Some recently discovered burnt mounds at Knockduff, Bree
Thanks to Mr. Nim Dunne’s local knowledge four previously unrecorded burnt mounds/fulacht fiadha, were recently identified at Knockduff, Bree. ‘Burnt mounds’ are a type of archaeological site whose defining characteristic is large quantities of heat […]
Ballyhogue and the Knights Hospitallers
It is hard to believe it now but the small and overgrown cemetery at Ballyhogue was once home to a crusading order of knights, whose origins lay in the Holy Land. These were the Knights […]
The medieval church of Kilcowanmore, Ballybrennan, Co. Wexford
In the shadow of Bree Hill lies the small and ancient cemetery of Ballybrennan and the ruins of Kilcowanmore church
The Coolteigue Saddle Quern from Bree, Co. Wexford
A small saddle quern has recently been discovered in Coolteige, Bree by Mr. Nim Dunne, who recognised its significance and brought it home for safe keeping. The quern, which is made out of granite, has […]