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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.

The MacNamaras contend with the Ui Bloids—Names of the families of these latter; List of the families who supported the MacNamaras; Description of MacNamara’s dress; Battle of Kilgorey in which the Clan Culein were victorious

Here, Donogh MacNamara addressed his men, and in the course of his speech, enumerated those families who were favourable to his cause. They were the MacInerneys, Claras, Maninains (Mannions), Moloneys, O’Hallorans, O’Cormicks, Slatterys, Hartigans, Hanleys, Cindregans, O’Malleys, O’Meehans, O’Liddys, and the Clan-an-Giolla-Mhaoil. He then dressed himself in his war panoply, namely, a tunic (cotún), extending from the neck to the knee, over that a coat of mail, a saffron-coloured belt, with a dagger and a spear thrust into it; over the coat of mail a shirt (scabal), on his head a helmet, a sword at his side, a javelin in his right hand to cast at his enemies, and a spear in his left. Both parties joined battle at Kilgorey, and the Clan Culein were victorious. Among the slain of the Ui Bloids are enumerated the following:—Turlogh, son of Turlogh Fionn; Mahone, son of Dermot Fionn; O’Ahern; the chief of O’Floinn Feathneadhe; Rory O’Shanahan; Esles O’Hagan, of Forgabhail; [41] together with fifteen of his kindred. Eleven of the O’Kennedys were spared, and with them Maoelseachlin, son of Murrogh O’Shanahan, and Aodh O’Shanahan, his elder brother, the chief of O’Rongaile. These were carried away prisoners by the MacNamaras. Immediately afterwards, another struggle took place between the Clan Culein and the Ui Bloids, in which Donogh MacNamara, the chief of his tribe, lost his life, but his kinsfolk, being joined by the O’Briens, and by de Burgo, of Galway, defeated the Ui Bloids, and killed one of their principal chieftains, Donald O’Grady, of Cineal Dongaile. The MacNamara selected as successor to Donogh, was Loghlen, son of Cuvea.

A.D. 1310. In this year, it is recorded that O’Brien and de Burgo laid siege to de Clare, in his castle of Bunratty. He sallied forth and, on the hill above the castle, defeated and put to flight his assailants. It is also related that the sons of Brian Roe ravaged the termon lands of St. Cronan, and burned Clonroad.

 

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