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


Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 4. Ui Caisin

Inchicronan Parish

Until some further information relating to the lives of the various saints of the name of Cronán shall be obtained it is impossible to say which of them is the patron of this parish. A probable conjecture is that he is the same person venerated at Roscrea and Tomgraney.[12] His church was situate on a neck of land between two arms of the lake of Inchicronin, but it was removed in the end of the twelfth century to give place to a monastery of Regular Canons, built by Donald O’Brien, King of Limerick. The latter is now very much injured by time, but the site was chosen with an eye to the picturesque, and the view of the ruined building from the opposite side of the lake is full of beauty.[13] Another church and burial-ground exists in the parish called Kilvoydane, the church being dedicated to the same saint as that near Corofin. Nothing has come down to us touching the history of this holy man. His church is situate at the extreme end of the parish near Spancil Hill. Kiltolagh church and graveyard stands in the townland of Carrowmore. St. Tolagh was also the patron of the parish of Dysert, and in the part of this work describing the place all that is known of him will found. Two other ruined churches exist in the parish, namely, Kilvakee and Kilvilly; of the patrons of these nothing can be ascertained. At Doonmulvihill also there is a graveyard but no remains of an edifice. Of holy wells no less than five are seen in the parish of Inchicronan. These are Tobarmacduach, Toberineenboy, Tobernaneeve, Toberbreeda, and Kilvoydan. Near the lake stand the remains of the castle of Inchicronan, not included in the list of those made about the year 1580, while at Doonmulvihill is one belonging in that year to Owen MacSweeney. Some other objects of antiquity not requiring particular attention are found in In[c]hicronan. The chief among these are Knocknacullia fort, and a structure called the Giant’s Grave, both situate in the angle of the parish which reaches to Spancil-hill.

 

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