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|The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost|
Account of Corcabaskin west; Its original inhabitants dispossessed by the MacMahons; Family of Cahane, or Keane; St. Sinan of Scattery Island; Extracts relating to west Corcabaskin taken from the Annals of the Four Masters
All Irish genealogists and historians agree that the country of Corcabaskin derived its appellation from the descendants of Cairbre Baiscain, son of Conaire the Great, the 122nd Monarch of Ireland, and brother of Cairbre Riada. For Corc, when thus prefixed to the name or cognomen of an ancestor always signifies progeny, race, or offspring, and is nearly syno[n]ymous with clann, cinel, or sliocht. The race of Carbre Bascain inhabited the district, and were its chiefs till the twelfth century, when the offspring of Mahone O’Brien (hence called MacMahon), conquered them. West Corcabaskin was nearly identical, as to its boundaries, with the present barony of Moyarta, the difference being that the parish of Killard belonged to it in ancient times. The original chiefs of the district had the name of O’Donnell, but they, as here stated, sunk under the MacMahons, the descendants of Brian Boroimhe. They have however, retained some property in the district to this day and are far from being extinct. In the account of the county of Clare made out for Sir John Perrott, it is stated that Turlough M‘Mahon was chief of the barony of Moyarta, and that he possessed four castles; while Sir Daniel O’Brien, of Dough, was owner of two, and the Cahanes  of two others in that district.
The great Saint Senanus of Scattery Island was a native of this country, being descended from Bolc, the son of Dace who was baptized by St. Patrick, and the life of the saint throws much light on the original topography of Corcabaskin. It shows that the western point of the county of Clare, extending from Traigh-an-Iarla (recté Traigh an Earlamha) which is situate a short distance on the west of Kilrush, to Loophead, was originally called Iorras Iarthair that is, the Western Erris. This is the district now called the west par excellence by the people living along the banks at the Clare side of the Shannon. When St. Patrick was preaching to the Ui Figeinte, and baptizing them at Cnoc Phaudrig near Shanagolden, at the Limerick side of the Shannon, the Corcabascin, with their king Bolc MacDecé, came to him in a fleet from the north across the Luimneach  and entreated him to preach and to baptize them on that day. The Saint requested them to wait till the next day, pleading fatigue as his excuse. Being still pressed by them, he ascended his chariot so that all might see him and hear his voice, and he preached to the multitude and baptized them in a neighbouring river. They further begged that the holy man should cross over into the territory to bless and baptize their wives and children, but he declined alleging sufficient reasons for his refusal. He, however, blessed the country, and left to Corcabascin the “gift of fleets.” 
The following extracts, relating to this district, taken from the Annals of the Four Masters, will show when the O’Donnells ceased to have sway in it, and when the MacMahons succeeded them:
A.M. 3790. The battle of Slieve Cailgé (now the
high grounds of Moveen), against the Maratine in the country of the Corcabascin,
gained by Aengus Olmuchaid, sovereign of Ireland.