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


Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 5. Ui Cearnaigh; Ui Conghaile; East Corcabaskin

East Corcabaskin

Killimer Parish

In the Irish calendars under the date of the 13th August, a female saint named Iomhar is commemorated. Whether she is the patron of this parish cannot be said with any degree of certainty. The remains of her church are of great antiquity, going back to the ninth century. In the eastern gable was a window formed on the best models of the primitive style of Irish architecture, round headed inside and outside, and in almost perfect preservation. With very questionable taste, it was removed from its proper position in the end of the old church, and built into the tower of the modern Catholic church of Kilrush. About one hundred yards on the east side of the church is Leac Iomaighe (the flag of St. Emma), and a little way off is a holy well called Tobar Iomaighe, at which stations are still performed, but no particular day of the year is remembered as her festival. In the parish of Killimer is the castle of Doonnagurroge, which in 1580 belonged to Teige, son of Murtagh Cam MacMahon.

 

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