St. Mologga's Church

St. Mologga's R.C Church in Shraharla was built in 1839 at the same time as St. Batholomew's Church in Kildorrery.

This church still bears witness to the Irish War of Independence when British Forces hit it in a gun battle with the I.R.A. Bullet marks are still visible on the outside of the nave.

Church Website

Shraharla Republican Monument 1924

The Shraharla Republican Monument was unveiled in 1924 in a ceremony attended by many prominent republicans including Dan Breen. The monument commemorates six I.R.A. volunteers who lost their lives in the Irish Was of Independence in May 1921.

Unveiling of Shraharla Monument in 1925. Pictured to the front is Seán Carroll TD (Limerick Constituency). Photo credit: Finbarr Connolly

Photo credit: Jimmy Hennessy

The Kilfinane Coshlea Historical Society has produced numerous journals detailing local and family history in Coshlea, Kilfinane, and the immediate surroundings. In their volume 3 journal, published in 2005, they wrote about the Shraharla Ambush. It is printed on pages 86 and 87 of the journal, but the entire journal is a treasure trove of information and history and well worth a read.
View the journal in PDF here.

Recommended Books

‘The War of Independence in Limerick, 1912-1921’ by Tom Toomey

‘Honouring the Men and Women. The War of Independence Volunteers in East & Mid Limerick’ by Tom Toomey and The Knocklong History Group

Shraharla Monument Centenary Commemoration 2021

13 May 2021

Saturday, May 1st saw the centenary commemoration of the Shraharla ambush, when four Irish men lost their lives fighting for Irish independence. Capt James Horan, Capt Pat Starr and Lieut Tim Hennessy died at Shraharla, while Capt Patrick Casey was executed in Cork the following day.

The significant date was marked in a small ceremony by the Shraharla Monument Restoration and Commemoration Committee. Led by flagbearer Mr Pat Slyne, the committee walked the small distance from Shraharla Church to the monument where Mr. Michael McEldowney raised the tricolour over the monument.

Mr. Eamonn McCarthy then invited Mr Micheál Ó Aonghusa to lay a wreath, before Mrs Kitty Pyne led those present in a decade of the Rosary.


Following this, the committee walked to the nearby Bourke’s Cross, where a wreath was laid for May Bourke, an extraordinary lady who worked as a spy during the War of Independence.

While current restrictions did not allow us to celebrate as we would have wished, there was a huge amount of support for the project by the local community and beyond. The date for the full commemoration has now been set as Sunday, September 5th 2021 - further details to follow in TheAvondhu.

We would like to thank most sincerely all those who contributed in any way to the restoration and the ceremony. It is most gratifying to know that the sacrifices of these men are still remembered and honoured today.

Committee members meet, socially distanced, on Saturday, May 1st 2021, to mark the centenary of the Shraharla ambush. Pictured, back row: Eamonn McCarthy, Tom Downey, Pat Slyne, John Hennessy, Donal Curtin, Michael McEldowney. On the steps: Paul Walsh (centre) and front Tom Toomey and Dermot Casey.

12 Aug 2021 Vale Star News Article by Matt O’Callaghan

To the hundreds who travelled to Shraharla on the afternoon of Sep 5th, to join us in commemorating the lives of Lieut. Timothy Hennessy, Capt. Patrick Starr, Capt. James Horan, and Capt. Patrick Casey, thank you.

The commemoration of the Shraharla ambush might be over but the memories of the day will stay with us forever. We were hugely humbled by the crowd that came to celebrate with us, and by the generosity shown to us by all both prior to the commemoration and during it.

Thank you to Ronan Fox for these photographs, and to all those who sent on their own photographs of the commemoration.

As time passes, memories can fade and faces are oft times forgotten. We remember the bravery and selflessness of Lieut. T. Hennessy, Capt. P. Starr, Capt. J. Horan, and Capt. P. Casey.