( Eslin Link to Penal Times )
The penal laws dating from 1695 was aimed at the destruction of Catholicism in Ireland. Education was also made impossible, as Catholics could not attend school. No Catholic could vote, own land or hold any office under the crown. The practice of the faith was outlawed and priest hunting was carried out often as a sport. In the townland of Drumhanny north on the farm of Sean Reynolds stands the sight where a priest was killed saying mass. A hawthorn bush marks the spot where the execution took place, this is known as
"Friars Bush".


Friars Bush, Drumhanny

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