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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.

Turlogh inaugurated King; Is opposed by Donald son of Brian Roe, assisted by de Clare

One would suppose that abhorrence of de Clare should be the guide of the young man’s conduct towards such a monster, but we read that, in the following year, they were united together to crush the power of Turlogh, who, immediately upon the death of Brian Roe, had himself solemnly inaugurated at Magh Adhar as king of Thomond. Donogh resented this act, claiming for himself the chieftaincy in succession to his father. He was backed up in his efforts by de Clare, that being the best method of dividing the two Irish parties. Donogh soon put himself at the head of his own and the English forces, and marched “eastwards of the Shannon.” There, he exacted submission from the section of the Ui Bloids, who resided in that district. His next act was to plunder Uaithne (Owney and Ara), and carry away the spoils to Bunratty. Afterwards, he was joined by Mahone O’Brien, grandson of Donald Connachtach, and he marched to Burren and Corcomroe, despoiling “the posterity of Fergus MacRoigh” (the O’Loghlans and O’Connors); thence proceeding due west through the district “Triuchead na Naumeadh,” he reached the residence of MacMahon of Corcabaskin. After this, he directed his march towards Clonroad, on his way ravaging Ui Cormaic and “Imire Uaine.” Finding that Turlogh had fled from Clonroad on his approach, he pursued his cousin to Quin, and wasted the country as he went along. At Quin, he was opposed by Sheeda MacNamara, but in the encounter which ensued that chieftain lost his life. Cuvea MacNamara, son of Sheeda, fled for protection to Turlogh O’Brien, who was at a place called Forbair (Furroor)? Together, they retreated westwards, and the country about the Fergus being thus left without protection, was ravaged by de Clare and his ally. The work of MacGrath, called Cathreim Thoirdhealbhaigh (the Wars [39] of Turlogh), from which the above account is mainly taken, goes on to describe the struggle between the O’Briens for supremacy, but the contest is merely a wretched tissue of strife, plunder, and robbery, unworthy of record. We shall therefore content ourselves with making such selections only as may serve to illustrate the topography of the country, and afford information as to the families who inhabited the various districts composing the country of Thomond.

 

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