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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. Identical with the present barony of Inchiquin; O’Deas, O’Griffys, and O’Quins

This district which borrows its usual designation from the tribe name of the O’Deas is often called the Upper Triucha Ced, or cantred of Dal-Cais, it being the uppermost or most northern division of the original country of the Dal-Cais. We have seen above that the barony of Burren, lying to the north of it was not part of the country of the Dal-Cais, but of the Modruadh. The inhabitants of the territory are called Aes-iar-Forgas, i.e., the people located westward of the river Fergus, because their country for the most part lies at the west of that river. Ui Fermaic, with its adjoining sub-denomination of Cuallachta comprised the whole of the present barony of Inchiquin. The family of O’Griobtha (O’Griffy), descended from the same stock, owned Ui Cuallachta, and the extent of that territory is shown in a passage of Magrath’s Caithreim Toirdhealbhaigh, or Wars of Thomond, so often quoted in this book. “De Clare ordered a battalion to proceed along the Fergus through the territory of Cinél Cuallachta, as far as Magh Dhomhnaigh (Magowna), while he himself with his great army marched directly westward to Dysert, where the mansion of O’Dea then was, etc.” The country called Brentír Fearmaicach, i.e., the boggy district belonging to the Cinél Fearmaic, was also a subdivision of the inheritance. Ui Fearmaic was bounded on the north by East Corcomroe, and by O’Shaughnessy’s country called Cinél Aodha, on the south by Ui Cormaic, on the west by Corcomroe and by Ui Bracain, and on the east by Ui Caisin. On the northern parts of Ui Fearmaic, and around Corofin, the kindred family of the O’Quins were settled, and Corofin was described as their principal stronghold. They were otherwise designated the Muinter Hefernain. [1]

 

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