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At the start of the last century, three brothers dominated the athletic scene in Ireland. Con, Paddy and Tim Leahy were from Cregane. They competed in the Long Jump, the High Jump and the Triple Jump. Paddy Leahy holds the World Record for the High Jump in 1898. Con won the Olympic Gold Medal for the High Jump in Athens in the Intercalated Games of 1906. However, the IOC considers medals won at these games unofficial.

A former Bishop of the Diocese of Limerick was a native of the parish. David Keane was educated at St. Colman's College Fermoy, St. Munchin's College Limerick, and Maynooth College. He later became a Professor in St. Munchin's and after a period of time in Jersey, in the diocese of Plymouth he returned to the college where he became the President in 1909. In 1920 he was appointed as Canon and P.P. of Glin. Three years later he succeeded Denis Hallinan as Bishop of the Diocese, a position that he held until his death in 1945.

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