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

Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 3. Burren, or Corcomroe East

Drumcreehy Parish

In the Irish language the name of this parish is Druimcriche, so called from the situation of the original parish church on a hill side in the territory of Crioch Maille. It is now partially ruined, and is surrounded by a large graveyard. The parish contains the remains of four castles, namely—Ballyvaghane, Shan Muckinish, Muckinish Noe, and Newtown.[16] That of Ballyvaghane (anciently called Baile-Ui-Beachain) stood on the very verge of the little harbour near the village, but is now almost wholly gone. Shan Muckinish was repaired about the year 1836, and is quite habitable, [17] while Muckinish Noe, which stands on the bay of Pouldoody, so celebrated for its oysters, is very much injured by time and by the hands of man. Newtown Castle is in very good preservation. [18] In 1580 each of these castles was owned by an O’Loghlen. At a little distance from Ballyvaghan is Lough Rask, near which a battle was fought in 1317, described in another part of this work. A large number of stone cahers and caves in various stages of dilapidation exists in this parish.