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and Clansmen: The Vicarages and Rectories of Tradraighe in the Fifteenth
By Luke McInerney
Role of Kinship and Clan
The printed volumes of the documents known as the Papal Registers relating to Ireland for the period 1396-1521 are utilized to study the innerworking of ecclesiastical administration in Killaloe diocese during the fifteenth century. A case study is presented on a selection of parishes in, and adjacent to, the old deanery of Tradraighe with a particular focus on the Mac an Oirchinnigh (McInerney) of Tradraighe. The registers offer a valuable perspective on the role of vassal-septs at the parish level, as well as insight into the machinations of ecclesiastical administration in Gaelic dioceses.
Little is known of the inner-workings
of either the Uí Bhriain kingdom of Tuadh Mumhan (Thomond)
or the Mac Conmara lordship of Clann Chuiléin in east
Clare County Library is grateful to Luke
McInerney for donating this article which was originally published in
the North Munster Antiquarian Journal, vol. 48, 2008, pp 1-21.