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


Part II. History of Thomond
Chapter 12. History of Thomond before it was formed into an English county: From the earliest times, to the death of De Clare, and expulsion of the English in 1318.

Brian Roe O’Brien inaugurated king of Thomond at Magh Adhair

A.D. 1261. This year his father was involved in a quarrel with the inhabitants of the eastern parts of Thomond, and with their kindred, who occupied the left banks of the Shannon. These were called the Ui Bloids. They refused to pay the customary tribute to Conor na Suidine, and he resolved to enforce it. He assembled the forces of Ui Caisin under Sioda, son of Niall MacNamara, and those of Ui Dongaile under Anneslas O’Grady. The chief command he entrusted to his own son, Brian Roe. Brian Roe immediately burned Caislean Ui Chonaing (Castleconnell), and proceeded to devastate the country of the enemy lying between Birr, in the King’s County, and Knockaney, in the county of Limerick; and between Cashel and Killaloe. Hostages and booty were brought to the royal residence at Clonroad. Just at that time, the O’Loghlens of Burren had given some cause of offence to Conor, and to punish them, he assembled his followers, aided by the people of Cineal Fearmaic, under the guidance of Donogh O’Dea, and of O’Hehir. Having repaired to the “Upper Cantred” Burren, they drove all they met before them, through the valley of Duvgleann (Gleannamanagh, near Corcomroe Abbey), thence by Beal-an-clogaid (at Pouldoody), westwards, and making their way by the sea northwards, they encountered Conor Carrach O’Loghlen. An obstinate battle was fought, in which O’Brien lost his life. He was buried in the neighbouring abbey of Corcomore (A.D. 1268), where his monument is yet to be seen in a good sate of preservation. Besides the king, several other principal persons were slain in this engagement, to wit, his son called little John, his daughter, his nephew, the son of Rory O’Grady; Duvloghlen O’Loghlen, and Thomas O’Bealán. [36]

 

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