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Anhid Church ruin
© Anhid Church Ruin

Before Croom became the parish church in 1711, the parish church had been at Anhid. Only one wall remains of Anhid church now, however, located in the centre of Anhid graveyard. The old water font was removed from this church in 1969. The name Anhid comes from Anait, meaning the chief church in a monastery.

The Church of Ireland church now stands where there was originally a Medieval Church. Nothing now remains, however, of the church ruin.

In Westropp's "Ancient Churches in Co. Limerick", he mentions a chapel at Dromassell or Tory Hill. There is no longer any trace of this chapel. He also states that there was a chapel at Caherass, but says that this chapel was closed after its desecration by the suicide in it of its chaplain. The church ruin in Dunaman is still in existence; however, it is no longer in the parish of Croom, but in Adare parish. There were also churches at Dunkip, and Dollas, but again no ruins remain.

Westropp also lists Keilbeinighte, which he says was situated between Killeenoghty and Croom, and may in fact have been Corrabul. However, the exact location of the site is now unknown.

According to Westropp, there was a church called Ballyhowregainn at Carrigeen. Today the ruins of Dysert Aenghusa are in this townland. These ruins include a church ruin and the remains of a round tower. See Dysert Aenghusa.

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