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1. [CEANNCORA] This was the large and royal Mansion of BRYAN BOROVY, and his illustrious Ancestors, this renown’d Deliverer of his Country, reign’d 36 Years King of Munster, and 12 Years Monarch of Ireland; he fought 49 Battles against the Danes and their Allies, &c.?in most of which he was Victorious; the last, he fought on Good Friday the 22d of April, 1034, on the Plains of Clontarff, near Dublin, where he fell at the Age of 88 Years, with his valiant Son MOROGH, a Prince of exalted Virtues and remarkable Bravery; as also, the select Part of the Connaught and Munster Troops; the declared enemies of Ireland got such a final Defeat on that Memorable Day, that they never after rul’d, much less retrieve themselves to any Perfection ever since in this Kingdom; the Monarch and his Son Morogh were interr’d with great Solemnity in the Metropolitan Church of Ardmagh——this decisive Battle, so generally authenticated in Irish Annals, that a further detail of it (to ascertain the Valour of the brave Dalgassians) is totally unnecessary.
in the Barony of Corcamroe, is a rising Village, ornamented with an elegant
Bridge, and a delightful Waterfall——here is an old Chappel,
and a new Church, with two noted Capital Fairs in the Year; here is a
large and plentiful Market every Saturday, and as well stock’d with
Stockings, as Killaloe is with Eels.
3. [MOY] (Whose Castle, Out-Offices and grand, old, Improvements almost gone to ruin) is, with it’s Extensive Denominations, the Estate of EDWARD FITZ GERALD, of Carigoran, Esq; one of our present Representatives, and Chief of that ancient Tuscan Branch (of the most Noble House of Killdare) in this County.
4. [KILKEE] The most Western Seat on this Coast, is a spacious and regular old Modell’d House, with many Out-Offices, situate on the Brink of a delightful Bay, and a pleasant Beach, decorated with Sand Hills, and shelter’d from the North West Wind, by a commanding Eminence. This is the Estate of CHAR. MAC DONNELL, of Newhall, Esq; Chief of that antient Ultonian Line, in North Munster.
5. There is
a Multiplicity of Gentlemen’s Seats between Lup’s Head and
Limerick delightfully situated on the Rivers Shannon and Fergus. Their
charming Prospect and elegant Improvements richly merit the Attention
of the Curious.
6. An English
Nobleman, renown’d for his long contested Wars with Terlagh
O’Brien, Prince of North Munster, call’d by Antiquarians
Terlagh na Cathreime——the Earl of Clarence
overbearing and ambitious to usurp a Sovereignty in this County, was,
after many bloody Engagements with Terlagh O’Brien, and
his Confederate Chiefs, kill’d with most of his gallant Troops,
near Dysart in the Barony of Inchiquin, by the valiant O’Dea, then
Chief of that same Territory, the intrepid Phelim O’Connor
of Corcamroe, and the brave Loghlen Laidir O’Heihir, Lord
of Icormack——these noble Chiefs, (who were Subjects to Terlagh)
fought that Day at the Head of their respective Clans, with unabated Fury
and Courage, until dear-bought Victory at last declar’d for them——that
memorable Action, or rather Carnage, with the loss of the great and warlike
Clarence, put an End to the fatal Contests, and secur’d
the Sovereignty and peaceable Possession of North Munster to Terlagh
More and his Descendants.——Note, that this turbulent
Time happen’d in the Reign of Henry the Third of England.
the Shannon, well-known for some Ages to be the noble Residence of that
once illustrious Senior Branch of the O’Brien Family, and
now the Extinct House of Thomond.
8. O’Brien’s Bridge, six miles N. E. of Limerick, situate on the Shannon, is considerably long and broad, built on 15 Acres; it derives its Name from Sir Donough O’Brien Baronet, under whose Directions and Superintendence it was Erected; here are some few Houses, it is a Capital Pass and Fair Place, and opens a free Intercourse between this and the County Tipperary.
9. The O’Connors and O’Loghlens, tho’ formerly principal Inheritors in this County; were not of the Dalgassian Race, but of an Antient and Royal, Northern, Extraction.
Clancies, Mac Inerhinies, O’Deas, O’Heihirs, O’Nelans,
O’Hogans, O’Gradys, O’Caseys, Mac Craiths, Mac Considins,
Mac Gormans, Mac Galleroys, O’Molouneys, O’Davorens, and
O’Hallorans, were Gentlemen of considerable Properties and
Consequence in this County.
11. [CONCHURE NA SIUDDINE] This Prince (So call’d from Sudinny the Name of a Wood in the Upper Part of Burren, near which he was kill’d) was Grandson to the great Daniel O’Brien already mention’d, and Father to the warlike and renown’d Terlaugh; also, to Brian Roe O’Brien, from whom descended the O’Briens of Duthara.
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