Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 4. Ui Caisin
In O’Reilly’s Dictionary the word Dúr
signifies water. The genitive is Duire, and this parish is always so called
in Irish, meaning the parish of the water or bog.
In the history of St. Breccan of Arran it is stated that he founded a
church in Dalcais called after his name.
In Doora parish there is a townland called Kilbreckan, and in that townland
stands a ruined church named Carrantemple. Now, the old edifice in question
must be the church founded by St. Breccan. Its characteristics are those
of a building of very great antiquity. The patron saint of Doora must
have been one whose history is partially forgotten, but the claim of St.
Breccan is proved by the fact that two holy wells are found in this parish
dedicated to him. His church is in preservation, and is seen from the
railway station at Ennis. In one of its walls is a window believed by
O’Donovan to be of a very remote period, and some parts of the walls
he also thought were coeval with this window. Another ruined church called
Kellavella exists in this parish. Besides the two wells above mentioned,
another holy well named in honour of St. Michael is found there. Doora
contains the remains of two castles, Ballyhannan now called Castlefergus,
in good preservation, and that of Clonmore utterly ruined. In 1580 Ballyhannan
belonged to William Neylan, while the castle of Clonmore is not mentioned
in the list so often referred to.