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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

Noughaval Parish

Noughaval signifies the “new acquisition,” and is a name not unfrequently met with in other parts of Ireland. [28] Its old church, consisting of a nave and choir, is in a good state of preservation. In the burial ground attached stand the remains of the tomb of the family of O’Davoren, now very much injured by time, and with this inscription:—“This chapel was built by James Davoren, of Lisdoonvarna, who died the 31st of July, 1725, aged 59 years.” In the interior near the broken stone altar of the sacred building the last resting place of the families of Comyn and Moran is found, as indicated by the epitaphs over their graves. At a little distance from the church stands a stone pillar, without any inscription, but which is said to be a market cross, with certain lines drawn upon it to serve as measures of length for the people. Near at hand also is a well dedicated to St. Colman MacDuach. In the parish of Noughaval are to be found several subterranean caves built of large limestone flags; these would appear to have been places of refuge or else repositories for property. This parish contains the remains of the following castles which in 1580 were the property of members of the family of O’Loghlen, viz.: Binroe, Ballyganner, and Ballymurphy, all three now utterly ruined. Many ruined cahers or stone forts are found in Noughaval. Cromleachs also are not unfrequent in the parish.