In preformation times Garrycloyne gave its name to a medieval parish which corresponds to much of the modern day Blarney parish. The parish centre moved to Blarney in 1777. The ruins of the old parish church probably built in the 12th century, can be see in old cemetery in Garrycloyne (give co-ordinated). The second half of the 16th century was a time of war and devastation as the Tudors sought to bring all of Ireland under the English crown and many churches fell into disrepair and the clergy went into hiding.