The Churches of County Clare
By T. J. Westropp, M.A.
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Diocese of Killaloe

Barony of Islands

62. DROMCLIFF, Sheet 33.—Parish church, 58 feet 6 inches by 20 feet. The south wall and windows are probably of the eleventh century, the east gable of the fifteenth, with a two-light window (the shafts entire); the head is ivied, but was probably trefoil-headed. The south door is well built, very slightly pointed and late, with a curious thickening of the walls. The round tower stands due north from the church; it is 40 feet high, and 50 feet 6 inches in circumference. The door, 13 feet above the ground, and having a raised band round the sides and head, was extant in 1809; also two oblong windows, only one of which remained in 1839. Founder unknown. “Dromleb,” 1302, Dromcliabh, 1389. Descriptions, Dutton, p. 307; Dwyer, p. 489; T. J. Westropp, R.S.A.I., 1894, p. 332. Vested as a National Monument.

63. ENNIS, FRANCISCAN FRIARY, Sheet 33.—Dromcliff Parish. The ruins consist of a nave, chancel, belfry, transept, three chapels, chapter-house, and domicile round an arcaded cloister. Founder, Donchad Cairbreach O’Brien, Prince of Thomond, about 1240. The side walls of the church belong to this period. It was restored by Torlough More O’Brien, Prince of Thomond, 1287-1306. The east window probably was of his restoration. “Math” Caech Macnamara built the vaulted refectory, or chapter-house, before 1314. The belfry, cloister arcade, and a side chapel, date from about 1400. The rest of the transept, with two chapels and the fine “MacMahon” tomb, were built about 1460; the latter by More ni Brien, wife of MacMahon, of Corcovaskin. The cross was destroyed and used as materials for a quay in 1711. [125] Manistir Innsi, 1240. Monuments, More ni Brien, c. 1460; Barons of Inchiquin, c. 1500; Teig O’Brien, c. 1590; O’Hehir, 1622; Considine, 1631, 1686; O’Kerin, 1687; Hickman and Colpoys, 1677; Macnamara, 1686; Woulfe, 1697, 1742; Banks, 1728, 1773; Gore, c. 1697; Stacpoole, c. 1745; Finucan, 1750; Roche, 1755; Power, 1761; Crowe, 1772, &c. Descriptions, Mooney, 1617; Wadding, 1634; Bruodin, 1643; Dyneley, 1680; Brigdale, 1695; Grose II., p. 42; Dwyer, p. 489; Frost, pp. 112, 114; T. J. Westropp, R.S.A.I., 1889, p. 44; 1895, p. 135, and 1900 (plan and illustrations); P.M.D., 1895, p. 34 (illustration). Vested as a National Monument.

64. TEMPLEHARAGHAN, Sheet 33.—Dromcliff Parish. Now entirely demolished; it stood in a fort now nearly levelled.

65. KILQUANE, Sheet 33.—Dromcliff Parish. Entirely levelled site, marked by a graveyard.

66. KILMALEY, Sheet 40.—Parish church, 67 feet 6 inches by 20 feet. The east gable and south wall remain, and date about 1450. The east window has two trefoil heads (shaft gone); the iron staples of its shutters remain, and a “Patrick’s cross” is cut on the jamb. The splay has a well built semicircular head. The plain south door has a stoup in the outer right jamb. Founder, probably Screbanus; identity and date unknown; perhaps the “Sribanus” in the 1302 list; “Kellmaley,” 1302. Monuments, Burke, of Strasburg, County Clare, 1780, &c.; see P.M.D. (1897), p. 396.

67. KILLONE, AUGUSTINIAN CONVENT OF ST. JOHN, Sheet 41. The ruins consist of a church, crypt, and domicile round a cloister garth. The east window has two beautifully built lights, having semicircular heads, with raised chevrons and lozenges, and dating about 1180. The double north window is of the fourteenth century. Font remains. West gable has a bell-chamber; the pointed arch is made of pitched slabs, cut out in curves. The well of St. John lies to the east of the convent. The altar was built 1731 by Anthony Roche; it has round stones laid on it; there is also a bathing tank. Founder, Donald More O’Brien, c. 1180. “Kellonia,” 1189. [126] Monuments, Lucas, 1759; Daxon, 1800; Macdonnell, 1793. Descriptions, Dwyer, 491; T. J. Westropp, R.S.A.I., 1900, p. 126 (illustrations, plan, and section); P.M.D., III. (1897), p. 395. Vested as a National Monument.

68. CLARE, AUGUSTINIAN ABBEY OF SS. PETER AND PAUL “DE FORGIO,” Sheet 33. It consists of a church and domicile round a cloister garth. The fabric chiefly dates 1189: but there are late fifteenth-century details. Founder, Donald More O’Brien, on site of Kilmoney; his charter dates 1189, and another confirming it in 1461. Monuments, Hallinan, 1692; Haugh, 1726; Hassett, 1786; Costelloe, 1788. Descriptions, Grose, II., p. 80; Frost, p. 121; T. J. Westropp, R.S.A.I., 1892, p. 78; 1900, p. 118 (Plan and illustrations). Vested as a National Monument.

69. KILLUE, Sheet 33.—Clare Abbey Parish, Sheet 33. A small church, 37 feet 9 inches by 19 feet 4 inches. East window has a slightly pointed head, and is chamfered; the splay is rudely built, and the other features defaced. Founder, Lugad; perhaps Molua. “Killuga,” 1302, then a separate parish. Monuments, Stamer, 1766; P.M.D., III. (1897), p. 392.

70. CLONDEGAD, Sheet 50.—Old church destroyed. Present one modern, 1700, rebuilt 1809, and in ruins. Founder, Screbanus; his “bed” is a hole in the cliff over the neighbouring stream. “Clondagah,” 1302. Monuments, Ross and Harrison, 1700; Smith, 1711, &c.

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