St Mary’s Church, Kilbane
St.Mary’s Church is situated adjacent to the village of Kilbane in the Glenomera valley surrounded by the scenic Sliabh Bearnagh mountain range. According to tradition a thatched chapel was built in Kilbane in 1739, but its location is uncertain. In 1815 another church was built there, before being replaced by the present St. Mary’s Church sometime between 1837 and 1841. Mouldings over the main doorway and front window and pinnacles surrounding the front gable show an attention to ornamentation in this large cruciform church similar to that at St. Peter’s. In 1859 and in 1988 the church was refurbished. In 2009 most of the Killaloe slated roof was replaced and a new ceiling was put in place at the cost of €171,000 through the sterling efforts of a parish fundraising group and generous loans from parishioners. An interesting feature noted during the recent renovation was that the arched beams of the roof timbers were built in the shape of a ship turned upside down, the traditional way of placing the roof timbers on such a large structure. Daniel Vaughan, who was Bishop of Killaloe from 1850 to 1859, was a native of Kilbane.