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|The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost|
Franciscan friars seized at Breantre and imprisoned by Lord Orrery; Depositions of these friars
From the letters of Lord Orrery, Governor of Munster,
addressed to the Duke of Ormond, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, we extract
the following:— 
“Com. Clare.—The examination of Murtagh O’Gripha, of Rooscoe, in the parish of Dysert, friar of the order of St. Francis, taken before John Gore, Esq., one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for said county, December 21st, 1666, being duly examined, saith as follows:—That being a Franciscian friar and in poverty, doth act and celebrate mass according to his Order, received from Maoelaghlin Kelly, Archbishop of Tuam; that he, with the rest of his associates, did erect a house at Rooscoe in Breantra for officiating their office; saith that Flan Brody is guardian and head of their convent, and that the place where they keep their convent was given them by one Maurice O’Connell, gent. for the use above mentioned; saith further that Flan Brody went that morning to Maurice O’Connell on some matter of business, the nature of which business deponent knows not more than that he was to go from thence to the Lord of Clares (at Carrigaholt); saith also that they have lived at Rooscoe, in their convent there, during the past three years, and that they are of the convent of Inish Clonroad, and further saith not. Capta coram me ut supra. John Gore. Murtagh O’Gripha.” 
The examination of Teige O’Hehir, another of the friars of Rooscoe, taken on the same day, is exactly to the like effect as that of friar Murtagh O’Gripha, and the examination of William Brown, and Richard Lysaght, lay brothers, is to the effect that they went abroad each day, amongst the good people of the country, to beg their charity for the relief of the convent.
In another letter of February 1667, to Ormond, Orrery mentions that, by means of John Crofts a spy of Ennis, he had arrested Flann Mac Brody and placed him in Limerick gaol, there to await the further orders of the Lord Lieutenant.