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


Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 9. Ui Fearmaic; Gleann Omra; Ui Bracain; Ui Floinn; Ui Ronghaile

Ui Fearmaic

Kilkeedy Parish

The existing remains of the church of this parish are not to be regarded as those of the primitive one. They are of the fourteenth century, and present no particular feature of interest. It was dedicated to St. Caoidé, of whose life Colgan could discover no traces in history. His festival was annually celebrated here on the 3rd of March.[9] Attached to the church is a small chapel built by the family of O’Maolain (now anglicised Moylan), as appears by this inscription: “1706. I. H. S. This tumbe is made by Fa. Con. Mullan for him and his family in his ancestors’ chaple, to whom God be merciful.” In the enumeration of the castles of Thomond in 1580, the following belonging to this parish are given:—Cloonselherney and Carrownagowle, owned by Dermot OBrien; Baunkippaun and Derryowen by the Baron of Inchiquin; Kilkeedy and Cloonduan by Mahone, O’Brien his son; and Moyree by the Earl of Thomond. At the townland of Monreagh is situated the bridge and ford of Lochid, mentioned by Cormac MacCullenan in a poem on the boundaries of Thomond, and by Keating in the reign of Diarmaid, son of Fergus Cairbheoil, as Bealach na Luchaide. It is referred to by the Four Masters under the year 1564. Magrath, in his Wars of Thomond, and the Four Masters advert to the pass of Bealach an-Fiadhfhail (Forest of the rock), now the direct road leading from Corofin through Rockforest to Gort. At Kells, (in Irish Cealla), existed an ancient church the site of which is now scarcely traceable. Coill-o-Flanchada was the ancient name of the wood of Rockforest.[10] A church called Kiltackey is found in the neighbourhood of Boston, with part of the east gable only remaining. From the cyclopean character of the masonry we may infer that the building is of remote antiquity. It is surrounded by a burial ground.

 

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