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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost


Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 10. Ui Toirdhealbhaigh

Kiltenanlea Parish

In the Irish language this parish is called Cill-t’Seanain Liath, that is of St. Senán, the hoary. He is supposed to be a different person from St. Senán of Iniscathy, and the tradition of the country makes him a brother of St. Mochuille. His festival is still kept in the parish on the 8th of March, the very day on which, according to the Martyrology of Donegal the festival of St. Senán of Iniscathy is celebrated. Kiltenanlea church is in a tolerable state of preservation, but being of a comparatively modern construction, and resembling so many other buildings of the same character, it does not demand particular description. It has a large graveyard attached. About two hundred yards away there is a holy well dedicated to St. Senán Liath, and greatly frequented by pious people from the country around. A pattern was formerly held there on the 8th of March, but it was removed to the village of Clonlara. In the townland of Gurrane is found the ruins of an ancient church named Tampul Mochuille. At Cappavilla, is a holy well, also dedicated to St. Mochuille. This saint is supposed to be the same who gave the veil to St. Bridget.[43] A castle situated on the townland of Rineroe, and called Donass [44] castle, belonged in 1580 to Shane-ne-geytagh MacNamara. The castle of Coolisteige was the property, in the same year, of Donald Roe MacNamara; and that of Neadanury (now Newtown), of Teige Oge MacNamara.

 

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