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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839

Parish of Abbey (c)

All these places are still well known but it is unnecessary to define their situations here, as I shall have occasion to speak of them frequently hereafter. The place called Carcair na gCleireach (Carcer Clericorum) is a pass in the mountain on the verge of the Parish of Abbey and the County of Galway, a short distance to the east of Toberpatrick in the Townland of Rossaalia. It is now generally called Carcair Hill. It should be shown on the Ordnance Map as a celebrated pass into Thomond. I passed it on my way from Corranrue to the Abbey of Oughtmama, and I can never forget the association of ideas which I formed on the occasion.

O’Heyne of Ardrahan, who is commonly known in the Country as “Heynes the Process Server” the representative of Guaire Aidhne and hereditary Chief of all the Hy-Fiachrach of Kilmacduagh Diocese, thus descends from the last O’Heyne, who lived in the Castle of Ardrahan, according to Captain Tyrrell of Kinvara, the local antiquary :-

Mr. Heynes of Ardrahen, the Process Server, is son of
Martin, who is son of
George, son of
Martin, son of
George, who was born in the Castle of Ardrahan,
Martin, the last O’Heyne who was driven out of Ardrahan by Ireton, the great destroyer of Connaught Castles and Chieftans.