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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

Kilraghtis Parish; Martyrdom of priests and friars, described by Father Anthony Brody

Very few words are required to describe the antiquities of this parish. Its old church is in a state of considerable dilapidation. Who was its patron cannot be discovered. The name itself is ambiguous, for it may either signify a man or an attribute. In either case nothing intelligible can be discovered in connection with it. No holy well or castle is seen in the parish, and the raths or forts found there are unworthy of description. In a curious work, designated Propugnaculum Catholicæ Veritatis, by Father Anthony MacBrody, a copy of which is in the library of the Franciscan Friars at Dublin, an account is given of one of the priests of this parish in these words:—“Donogh Neylan was parish priest of Kilraghtis for many years. He afterwards became a Franciscan, and was sent to France. Returning to Ireland in 1642, he resided at the monastery of Ennis. Cromwell’s forces captured him in 1651 in the house of his relative Laurence MacInerney. Having bound him on the back of a horse, they carried him to their stronghold at Inchicronan, and there hanged him.” In the same year, and presumably at the same place, was hanged Teige Carrigge, another friar of the Ennis convent. MacBrody further says that at the time of writing his book, in 1668, his father, Maoilín MacBrody, lived at Ballyogan, near Kilvoydane; that his age was 81; that his mother, Margaret Moloney sister of the Catholic Bishop of Killaloe had died in the year 1658. He also mentions that the following persons perished at the hands of the Cromwellians although they had safe conducts viz.: Donogh O’Brien, of Newtown, who was burned to death in his old age; James O’Brien, nephew of this Donogh, who was hanged at Nenagh; Daniel Clancy, of Glenvane, was likewise put to death; as also Father Owen O’Cahane, a friar of the Ennis convent, who had a school at Quin to which no less than eight hundred scholars had flocked in 1644, among whom was Brody himself together with eighteen other youths of the same name. In 1651 the school was broken up and O’Cahane hanged. A man called “Rogerius Ormillius” who had been thirty years parish priest of Brentire was hung in October, 1652. About the same time were also hanged Hugh Carrige a parish priest, Roger M‘Namara, Daniel Clancy, and Jeremiah M‘Inerney, friars of Quin convent who were born in Tradaree. Dermot Brody of Moynoe, with six other Catholics, were burned in a house at Scariff, and at other places were murdered Teige O’Connell an Augustinian monk, and John O’Cullín, a Dominican, born near Ballynahinch. [11]

 

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