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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

Killeany Parish

St. Eaney or Endeus, the patron of this parish, flourished immediately after the time of St. Patrick and died about the year 540. He was the founder of several churches in the great island of Arran, as described in his life by Colgan. [31] The existing church here is not the original one, being only of the date of the year 1300 or thereabouts. It is in excellent preservation, with a nave and choir, separated by a fine arch. There is no ruin of a castle in this parish, nor are there any other remains of antiquity except three cahers, all of which are in a state of great dilapidation. They are the following:—Cahermakerrilla (son of Irial), Cahermaan, and Caher-na-teinné (the fort of the fire), situate in the townland of Lislarheenbeg. In the townland of Cahermakerrilla is a holy well, dedicated to St. Colman MacDuach, and in Cooleamore stand the remains of a cromleach. On a stone inserted in the wall of the now roofless Catholic chapel of Toomaghera is an inscription in the following words:—“I. H. S. Pray for me Mortaugh Flanagan, priest of this parish, who built this altar in the year 1700.” Another stone is built into the wall on which is delineated a crucifixion in a very good style of carving.

 

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