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


Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 20. Depositions of Protestant Settlers, 1642

Depositions relating to Castlebank

A third of the strongholds of the Earl of Thomond was at Castlebank near Limerick, and to this place flocked the neighbouring English; they amounted to nearly one hundred souls, at the time the Irish rose to drive out the intruders. From the month of January, to the 27th of June, 1642, they held out, but were at last compelled to surrender the castle to Captain Dermot O’Brien. During the siege they suffered great privations from hunger, and three persons, namely, Wm. Ridson, a minister, George Morgan, and Thomas Bate, lost their lives. Three children who had wandered forth to gather whortleberries in the wood never returned, and nearly thirty persons, comprising women and children, perished for want of food. In the immediate vicinity of Castlebank is Lurraga, now called Quinpool. Here a Protestant, named Anthony Dounter, was deprived of property, valued by his widow at £50, by James MacNamara of Doonass, aided by Finneen Oge MacNamara of Knocknaheley, John Reagh MacNamara of Ballymulcashel, and by John MacNamara of Cratloe. Dounter and his wife fled for refuge to the castle of Limerick, but in a short time they were besieged there by Dominick Fanning the Mayor, Sir Geoffrey Galway, Bart., James and Patrick Sarsfield and by others. The “rebels” put up a proclamation, declaring that all Protestants were rebels, that the king had gone to mass, and that, as stout as they were, they would be made to bow and kiss the Pope’s foot. Redmond Deane of Gurtatogher, near Castlebank, was dispossessed, by John MacNamara of Neadanure, and Thomas Leech of Coollisteige was plundered by the widow Slaney Doogan of Bridgetown, assisted by her two sons, and by Donogh M‘Donnell. [5]

 

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