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Fr Shanahan's headstone
© Fr Shanahan's headstone

The previous church in Tournafulla was built in 1814. Although no trace of the church remains, the site can be entered by gate from a point just beyond the parochial house. This church had a thatched roof and was built with ash and stones. This church was part of the old village of Tournafulla. However, following the Great Flood of 1839 by the river Allaughan, the village moved to a higher location. The walk to the old church site is over marshy ground along a path that once served as a mass path. There were two mass paths, one for each end of the parish. These paths can still be walked in parts. The old church was called "the Chapel of the Mountain of the Curse". Westropp referred to this church as Monte Maledictions.

On the site of the church, there is a plain headstone set on stone. This headstone marks the original burial place of Fr Shanahan. In 1994, his body was exhumed and reburied in the new cemetery behind Tournafulla church. The people of the parish erected a headstone to his memory over the new gravesite.


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