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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 O’Brien succeeds Donogh in the sovereignty of South Munster; During his reign, the Archbishop of Armagh collects St. Patrick’s tribute, “Cios Phadruic”

On the departure of Donogh to Rome in 1064, the government of South Munster was conferred on his nephew Turlogh. His reign was long and fortunate. He died at Ceann Coradh in 1086, and was buried in the Cathedral church of Killaloe. His wife was Gormliáth, daughter of O’Fogarty. She died in 1077, “after she had distributed much wealth among churches and amongst the poor of the Lord for the welfare of her soul.” [13] In the time of Turlogh, Maoelisa, archbishop of Armagh, made a visitation into Munster to collect an ancient impost called the tribute of Patrick. This was paid to him in what is described as scraballs, a kind of silver coin weighing 24 grains, and in offerings of other kinds. [14] Shortly before the date of his death Turlogh invaded Connaught, and after despoiling the country about Westport, expelled Rory O’Connor from the government of the province. [15] Immediately afterwards he led his forces to Dublin, and compelled Maelseachlan, king of Leinster to become tributary to him. [16] After a long illness, he died in the seventy-seventh year of his age. His eldest son Teige “died in his father’s bed,” also in the same month of June, [17] and was buried with his parent in the church of Killaloe.

 

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