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Sean Ross Heritage Open Day and upcoming events
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Heritage Open Day was held on Saturday 9th September, and despite the inclement weather those that attended were able to enjoy talks, walks and gravestone rubbing demonstrations courtesy of the North Tipperary Co. Co. Heritage Officer, Dr. Siobhan Geraghty.

The surprise appearance of Saint Cronan was indeed a miraculous wonder; and the man himself banished the clouds and commanded the sun to shine. St. Cronan was delighted by the face painting and childrens art, this is great, he said, well done to everyone, well done!

Congratulations to young Jo and Luke O'Donoghue, Kinnitty, Co. Offaly who won 1st prize in 'St. Cronan's Treasure Hunt'.

The Sisters at St. Anne's were particularly pleased to meet Count O'Byrne's niece who turned up on the day. She fondly remembered her visits, as a child to her uncle and the big house at Corville early in the last century. She could recall having great fun sliding down the huge bannisters of the main stairs..... many many years ago.

At the end of the afternoon's activities a baby 'giant redwood tree' was planted by all present. This little fellow's relatives are the largest living beings on earth and can live for thousands of years. Who knows maybe someday this little tree will......... (Pictured above, happy group at planting of baby 'giant redwood tree' to mark the start of the Sean Ross community heritage project.)

The planting of the tree marked the start of the 'Sean Ross Community Heritage Project', which we hope will likewise grow strong and prosper. The tree was blessed by Fr. Collins on behalf of all the churches (St. Cronan was on a fag break!).

St. Cronan keeps a watchful eye on his colourful acolytes at Sean Ross Heritage Open Day.

Upcoming Events

Sli Cronan - Sli na Slainte Walk from Roscrea town to Sean Ross. A six kilometre long walk for everyone to enjoy on World Heart Day, Sunday 29th September. Get out, get active, get healthy;....love your heart. Following in the footsteps of the 6th century holyman named Cronan, who founded Ros Cre town. It is planned to develop the monastic trail of St. Cronan into a Sli na Slainte walking route (Sli Cronan).

Starting at St. Cronan's Catholic Church; walking on through the Franciscan Friary, by the 12th century monastery and round tower and Church of Ireland and on by long Corville to Sean Ross and its special grounds - the site of St. Cronan's sixth century monastery. Returning by a circular route via the old Dublin Road back to the town. Meet at St. Cronan's Catholic Church at 2.20pm.

Guided tree walk with Peter Madden and tree planting at Sean Ross abbey and woods. Explore this special place and its story in trees. Sunday 27th October 2.15pm. Meet at car park of St. Anne's primary school. Part of 'Feile Shamhna na gCrann', the Autumn festival of trees.

Sean Ross, located one mile/1.5 km from the centre of Roscrea town, is the place where a holy man named Cronan founded his first monastery in 554AD. Saint Cronan's monastery flourished for many centuries and gave rise to the town of Roscrea. St. Cronan is now the patron saint of Roscrea.

St. Cronan's monastery is a sacred place that has long been associated with piety and devotion, healing and hospitality. It created great treasures, works of art and architechture, such as our Celtic high crosses here in Roscrea, the Book of Dimma (a 9th century illuminated manuscript of the four gospels), the Roscrea brooch, the celebrated Hiberno-Romanesque architecture of the west gable of St. Cronan's 12th century cathedral church, a round tower etc. Cronan left a legacy of worship, devotion and love that has survived to this day and it lives on in our modern age. The ruins standing today are the remains of the monastery of the late medieval period. Here too, probably, the O Meachairs were inaugurated as chieftains of Ui Cairn before Plantation and the Big House changes the Gaelic way of life forever.

The Big House
Corville House, the Georgian mansion dominates the scene today. Corville House and Demesne were the parkland home of the Prittie family (The Lords Dunally) during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Exquisite features of the hey-day of the big house survive including the restored walled garden, the parkland landscape and venerable old trees, stone bridges, a lime kiln and an ice house. And of course overseeing it all, Corville House, a splendid residence with its immaculately conserved interior period features and especially fine plasterwork details. Count John O' Byrne purchased the Estate in the nineteenth century and lived here until 1930.

Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Sean Ross Mother and Baby Unit operated from 1930-1970 as a centre to take care of expectant mothers, for birthing and the care and nursing of their infants.

Saint Anne's Service
Today the caring Christian tradition of St. Cronan is carried on by the religious sisters of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Their St. Anne's Service provides services to persons with intellectual disabilities under the guiding principal of their motto 'Love and Compassion'. Here in this caring and loving place, the less fortunate members of our community are cherished and enabled to reach their potential.

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