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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

Rathborney Parish

The name of the church in this place is derived from its position, being built within the circle of an ancient earthen fort called the Rath of Burrin. It is comparatively modern, and is in excellent preservation. It is connected with the name of no Irish saint, but at a distance of a mile, at the north west, in the townland of Poulacapple, is a holy well, dedicated to St. John. In this parish stand the ruins of the following castles:—Gragan, the former residence of the chief of the O’Loghlens, and from whose stronghold the territory of Burren is named in the description of the county of Clare in 1580 as the barony of Gragans; Lissylisheen (Lios ui ghlisín), i.e., the fort of O’Glisheen, and of Cahermacnaghten, both described as belonging to other members of the family of O’Loghlen. Another castle, not referred to in that document, stands in a ruined condition in the townland of Faunrooska. Its erection dates, probably, from a period subsequent to the compilation of the list. The following cahers and lisses are found in Rathborney parish:—Cahermore and Doon, Ballyallaban, Cahermacnaghten, inhabited in 1675, [32] Feenagh, Berneen, Garacloon, Gleninsheen, Lismacteige, Cloonmartin, Doon Torpy in Croagh North, a doon in Doonyvardan, Lismacsheedy, and Lislarheen.