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

Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 11. Tradraighe; Tuath Echtghe

Tradraighe. Kilnasoolagh Parish

Subhallach signifies religious, and Kilnasoolagh means the Church of the Religious People. In the History of the Wars of Thomond, frequent mention is made of Kilnasoolagh. It is there stated, that in 1311, a meeting took place at Kilnasoolagh, between Mahone O’Brien and Loghlen Reagh O’Dea; and it is further recorded that, in the following year, the church was plundered by Murtagh O’Brien. As regards the old church not a fragment of it now remains; the Protestants pulled it down and built a new one on its site. A very fine marble monument, erected to the memory of Sir Donogh O’Brien Bart., of Leimaneh and Dromoland, stands in the church. It is the work of Roubilliac, the well-known monumental sculptor, and represents the first baronet in a white marble figure of excellent workmanship. Various tombs and inscriptions relating to the O’Briens of Dromoland, to the Singletons, the Colpoys, and other families of the neighbourhood, exist in the church. Kilnasoolagh parish has but one holy well, situated near Athsolas Bridge, and strange to say, not dedicated to any particular saint. Castles are numerous in the parish. At Rathfolan is one almost level with the ground, belonging in 1580 to Donogh O’Brien, of Leimaneh; Ballysallagh, the property at the same date of Teige, son of Murrogh O’Brien, brother of the above; and Ballynacragga, the abode of Treny (?) MacInerney.