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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.

Death of Turlogh; Extent of the kingdom of North Thomond, comprising, beside the whole county of Clare, various districts in Tipperary, Limerick, and Galway

On the 10th of April, 1306, Turlogh died, and at a meeting held at Magh Adhar, his son, Donogh, was unanimously chosen to rule in his stead. Cuvea MacNamara, in virtue of his office, announced to him his election as king of North Munster, then comprising the following territories, viz.:—Owney, the two Elys, Ormond, O’Luigheach, Aoisgreine, Cunach, Eoganacht of Cashel, Aois-tre-mughe, [40] a part of Connaught, and the whole of the present county of Clare. His reign was short, lasting only four years and four months, and Cuvea’s death happening just at the same time, “he was buried near the grave of his king, in the abbey of Ennis Clonroad, and his son, Donogh MacNamara, was appointed chief of Clan Culein in his stead, by the states, who assembled for the purpose of his election.” A.D. 1307. In this year a raid was made by Sheeda, brother of Donogh MacNamara, into Connaught, and he drove away many cattle. On his way home he was attacked at Moynoe, by the tribes of Maolmana O’Cormacain, and O’Cindeargain, and his foster-brother slain. In revenge, Sheeda, aided by his nephews, ravaged the termon lands of Moynoe. The Ui Bloid, composed of the families of Clan Turlogh and Clan Dermot (O’Brien), the O’Kennedys of Killokennedy, the O’Gunnings of Castle Connell, the O’Coffeys of Owney, the O’Shanahans of Kilnoe and Killuran, the O’Hogans, of Ara, the O’Aherns of Cratloe, the O’Muldoons, the O’Duracks of Ogonnelloe, the O’Lonergans, the O’Flahertys, and the O’Moloneys rose to revenge this onslaught, but O’Brien, the chief king of Thomond, interposed, and made peace between the belligerents. The truce, however, was but of short duration, as in 1309, the Ui Bloids assembled and met their enemies the MacNamaras, who had been joined by the small sept of the O’Dovarcans, at Baile-in-Cuilin (Ballycullen), near Sixmilebridge. From this place they went along, skirmishing as far as Kilgorey (Cill-n’-Guaire).

 

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