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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

Chapter 10. Footnotes

1. December 18th—“Flannan, son of Toirdhealbhach, son of Cathal. He was a confessor of Cill Dalua, in Dalcais.” Martyrology of Donegal.

2. Ware’s Bishops.—Ware’s Irish Bishops is the chief authority for the following list of the bishops of Killaloe. When information is given from other sources, I shall cite the book from which it is taken.
Annals of Four Masters, A.D. 1164.

3. Idem, A.D. 1194.

4. Annals of Inisfallen.

5. Vide Series Episcoporum Ecclesiæ Catholicæ. Ratisbon 1873, by Father Gams.

6. Ann. Four Masters.

7. Episcopal Succession in Ireland, by Maziere Brady. Rome, 1876. Vol. ii. pp. 115-125.

8. Ware. Brady.

9. Ann. Four Masters.

10. He died on the 18th July, 1461. See King’s Collection. MS. in Library of Royal Dublin Society, p. 203.

11. Ware.

12. Four Masters.

13. Brady.

14. Idem.

15. Idem.

16. Brady.—Anthony Wood says that Turlogh O’Brien was educated at Oxford.—Athen.: Oxon. I, p. 663.

17. Brady.

18. Propugnaculum Catholicæ Veritatis. In this book it is stated that another Molony (Donogh), was Vicar-General of the diocese of Killaloe at this time. He died in prison at Dublin in 1601.

19. State Papers Rolls MSS., London, cited by Brady.

20. Brady.

21. Rise and Fall of the Irish Franciscan Monasteries, by Rev. C. P. Meehan. Dublin, 1877; p. 344.

22. Idem.

23. Carte. Apud Lenihan, History of Limerick, p. 168.

24. Brady.

25. Idem.

26. Idem.

27. The bishop’s elder brother, James, had a son of the same name who served in King James’ Army, Vide King James’ Army List, by Dalton, vol. ii., p. 698, and afterwards in that of William. Vide Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland.

28. Brady’s Episcopal Succession in Ireland.—Collections of Irish Church History; Irish Bishops, by Rev. D. M‘Carthy, D.D. Dublin, 1874, vol. ii., part 2, p. 88-92: The inscription on O’Molony’s tomb is given in Lenihan’s History of Limerick, p. 220. Bishop O’Molony founded six bursaries in the College for Clare families. His collateral descendant, Mr. James B. Molony, Solicitor, of Ennis, possesses an attested copy of his will.

29. Brady.—Dr. M‘Carthy—ut supra.

30. Whether the William O’Meara mentioned above under the date of 1743 is the same as the O’Meara here named is uncertain, the references to the subject, made in the work of Maziere Brady, being very concise.

31. Brady.

32. Brady.

33. Termon-ui-Grada was the church and parish of Moynoe. According to the Book of Distributions, the whole parish of Moynoe belonged to the bishop of Killaloe, and it was confirmed to him by the Act of Settlement in 1658.

34. In a subsequent part of this work will be found a report on the state of the diocese by this prelate.

35. The frequency of the changes of these prelates from one see to another shows that their aim was not so much the salvation of souls as the advancement of their own pecuniary interests. The manner too in which they alienated the church lands to their sons and other relatives proves how carefully they looked after the things of this world.

36. Ware. Bishops.—Cotton Fasti Ecclesiæ Hibernicæ, vol. i., p. 469, &c.

37. A.D. 1012.—The great church of Killaloe was built by Brian Boroimhe Keating’s History of Ireland, p. 90.

38. Petrie’s Round Towers, p. 281.

39. Petrie conjectures that the building under consideration was erected by St. Flannan. See his description of it in his work on the Irish Round Towers, p. 281.

40. See Petrie’s Antiquities of Tara Hill in vol. xvii. of Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy.

41. See MacLiag’s Poem; Library of the Royal Irish Academy, as quoted by O’Curry in his Lectures on the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish, vol. ii., Lecture 6, p. 120.

42. This place is now called Bael Boromha. It is an earthen fort situated near the margin of the Shannon, about one mile north of the town of Killaloe. According to local tradition, Brian Boroimhe’s stables extended from Kincora to Beal-Boromha, but no remains are now visible except some of the ramparts of Beal Boromha.—J. O’Donovan’s note Ann. Four Mast.

43. See O’Hanlon’s Lives of the Irish Saints, vol. ii, p. 60.

44. Anciently the name of Doonass was Eas Danainne, i.e., Danaan’s cataract.—Ann. Four Mast., ad A.D. 1124.



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