Church of Ireland, Lissavalley, Killererin

Church and Clergy

Killererin Heritage Society

The original church building was a plain neat structure erected in 1796 by a gift of £500 and a loan of £300 from the Board of First Fruits. The latter was an institution of the Church of Ireland established in 1711 by the British Queen Anne to build and improve churches and glebe houses in Ireland. It was funded from taxes collected from church incomes, which in turn was funded by tithes. The Board was replaced in 1833 by the Board of Ecclesiastical Commissioners.

In 1823, a church was built in which Divine service was celebrated every Sunday and on Festivals. The sacrament was administered monthly and also on festivals. This church was capable of seating at least 100 people. It was built at a cost of £461 10s 9¼d again given as a loan from the Board of First Fruits. In 1830, £312 16s 11d was chargeable on the Union of Killererin and Knockmoy (united by an Act of Council in 1792). The Glebe House was built in 1792 at a cost of £640 12s 9d. The Board of First Fruits donated a gift of £92 6s 1¾d and £548 6s 7¼d was supplied out of private funds[1].

On 9th May, 1825, William Le Poer Trench, M.A., clerk and administrator, took up residence in the Glebe House with a glebe of 40 acres. The Glebe House with a gate-lodge to the road-front which was demolished in 1999 was the home of the Rev. William Le Poer Trench, when in the 1800’s there was a Protestant community in Lissavalley. The living quarters were both a rectory and vicarage. No curate was employed. The Rev. William Le Poer Trench was a Rector of Killererin from 1849 to 1857. He then became the Rector of Moylough in 1857. He died in July 1868, aged 67 years. His wife, Marianne, died in August 1874, aged 73 years, and both are buried in the same grave in Moylough[2].

The church was eventually closed and united with Tuam in 1871. In October, 1916, a plaque that had been erected in Killererin church to the memory of Benjamin James Clarke, M.A. who had been rector for 14 years was removed and placed in St. Mary’s in Tuam, by order of the Tuam Vestry.[4] Later a memorial window was erected by his friends with another plaque underneath.

It may be of interest to note that his beautiful stained glass window was based on the “Five Sister’s window in the north transept of York Minster, U.K. that dates from around the year?[5]

The remains of the church are still to be seen in Lissavalley.  The number of deceased in the graveyard is uncertain but one headstone remains erect but slightly damaged. The name on the headstone is visible and it reads: “Ronaldson of Springvale”.

This headstone marks the final resting place of William Ronaldson. (1826-1872) of Springvale, which was erected by his wife Mary.

It reads:


William Ronaldson

Died 25th July, 1872

Aged 46 years

Erected by his

Affectionate wife Mary

On October 1916

A plaque from the church was placed in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Church of Ireland, Tuam by order of the Tuam Vestry for safey. The plaque reads:


“In memory of Benjamin James Clarke, M.A., for 14 years Rector of this Parish. Born 16th November 1814 and died 22nd July 1871 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven.”

This memorial tablet taken from Killererin Church and inserted in the wall of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tuam and is the only real intact memory of the Church which was demolished in 1952[1].

The following is a list of clergy that served in Lissavalley church from the 14th century onwards[2]:



1398 – 1411Thomas Macgillachalaych (alias O’Keallaych)
– 1418Odo Macgillacomayn
1418Patrick O’Ruagyn
1421Remund Bremycheam
– 1459Donatus Y’Leamayn
1480David O’Muryd
1483Thomas de Burgo
-1558/59Thomas O’Heeryn
1591William Fitzmaurice
1615Stephen Linch


-1443John O’Redichayn
1449Nemeas O’Ruagri (O’Ruayn)
1459Donatus Y’Leamayn
1473 – 1478David Omyri
1558/59Cornelius Oge O’Melay
1591Thomas Bourke
1615Nicholas ODonogho

Rectors and Vicars

1635John Wittar
1662 – 1667Richard Butler
1667 – 1669James Wilson
1669 – 1672Silvester Taylor
1673 – 1676Robert Ince
1676 – 1679/80William King
1679/1680 – 1705Charles Crow
1705 – 1724/1725Thomas Vesey
1724/25 – 1727Thomas Quatremaine
1727 – 1743William Crery
1743 – 1762Thomas Abbot
1762 – 1768Agmondisham Vesey
1768 – 1771Edmund Burton
1771Thomas Vesey
1771 – 1774Richard Allott
 1774 – 1791Arthur Gruebere
 1791 – 1798Arthur Grubere Jun.
 1798 – 1799George de la Poer Beresford
 1799 – 1820Henry Major
 1820 – 1825John Galbraith
 1825 – 1857William le Poer Trench
 1857 – 1871Benjamin James Clarke
 1683John Crery
 1700Thomas Vesey
 1736/37William Ireland
 1760Thomas Vesey
 1817 – 1820Thomas Coffey
 –          1807 William Lawler
 1844James Edmonds
 1848 – 1852George McClelland
 (With Tuam after 1871 – church eventually closed).

1] ‘Lewis Topographical of Ireland 1837’ (Sep 2011)
[2]Board of First Fruits,  ….

[1] Ordnance Survey Ireland, (Lewis Topographical Dictionary) htt:// (May 2012)
[2] Moylough Heritage Project, Moylough: A People’s Heritage (Moylough Community Council 1993), pp. 49-52.
[3] Photograph of Glebe House (undated) (In the possession of the Greaney Family, Lissavalley, Barnaderg, County Galway)
[4] The Representative Church Body library, Church of Ireland, Dublin.
[5] Information supplied by Sylvester Cassidy, Barnaderg South and Bina Devaney, Lissavalley.


This page was added on 21/06/2016.

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