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ARCHIVE 25 | Second Edition

With over 60 essays, 658 pages, 143 thousand words and 930 photographs the Second Edition of ARCHIVE 25 by Gerry Murphy is due for publication on 17 March 2024. Log on to if you wish to order a copy!


The Annals of Churchtown is now out of print. We are pleased to say that a digital version in PDF format including an index was published in 2019 and is available FREE to download on this site on the Publications page. Published 2005.


Welcome to our Churchtown Heritage Society web site. International history makes national history. National history makes local history. When people talk about the European significance of the Battle of the Boyne they do not realise that the early 1690s were also momentous years in Churchtown when the wonderful home of the Percival family – the Earls of Egmont – at Burton Park was burnt to the ground as King James troops retreated from defeat at the Boyne. Now you can read all about our place in history in the selection of articles we have assembled here on our web site. Plus to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of our web site back in 1998; now in 2019 we have made all our publications, and some more, ‘open source’ so you can download everything we have produced with our compliments. Click on our publications section.

In Churchtown we have a long history stretching back eons to that point when Red Churchtown Marble, a conglomeratic limestone was originally laid down under shallow sea conditions during the Lower Carboniferous Period approximately 350 million years ago. The area was settled at least 4,000 years ago as evidenced by the discovery of a bronze axe head in the parish. The ruins of the pre-Reformation Church in the village graveyard date back over 1,000 years and the Pipe Roll of Cloyne records its history. We know, for instance, that in 1291 one Robert Cheusner was presented by Odo de Barry with the vicarage of Bruhenny. Remains have also been discovered in the parish of the extinct Great Irish Elk which roamed these parts over 5,000 years ago.

Churchtown Heritage Society, For further details email  All costs relating to this site have been sponsored since 1997 by Bruhenny Investments and related entities.