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

Parish of Clondagad (a)

The Parish of Clondagad (in the Barony of Islands and County of Clare) in a central part of the County, is bounded on the north by the Parishes of Drumklieve and Killone, on the east by the River Fergus, on the south by Kilchrist and Kilfiddan and on the west by Killmihill Parish. See Name Book.

The name of this Parish is not of ecclesiastical origin as it means nothing more than the Cluain of the Two Gads (Withes) (Cluain-Da-Ghad).

The inhabitants of the Parish have a traditional derivation for its name, and as I have no better authority on the subject I here give their version of the story:- St. Sgreavaun and St. Feadaun both lived in the old Church of Cluain-Da-Ghad (but by which of them it was built is not known) for a long time in peace and good will. They however, at length, quarrelled one day for the sole proprietorship of the establishment, and after a deal of angry feeling had been dissipated in some decent expressions of mutual reproach and contempt, they agreed to decide their dispute by a trial of sanctity and miracle working power, whereupon they cut a twig each and twisting them into gads rolled them up into two rings which they cast into the river that runs down by the Church, first agreeing that he whose gad would go up against the stream should be declared the victor and owner of the Church. No sooner then were the gads thrown into the stream than that of Fiddaun floated swiftly down with the current, while Sgreavaun’s moved with greater velocity up against it, thereby proving him to be the more powerful, and shewing Fiddaun that he was no match for him and that he should shift for himself somewhere else, whereupon he went some miles to the south west and built a little Church for himself which still bears his name, Killfiddan, while the name of Sgreavan has been sunk in perpetuating the medium of the miracle, and his residence is now called Cluain-Da-Ghad in place of Cluain Sgreavain.
There remains not a trace of the old Church of Cluaindagad. The present Protestant Church is believed to stand on its site. There is a stone in the south side wall near the east gable, outside, with the following inscription :-

Within this burying place lyes enterred the body of George Ross, Esqr., who was the founder thereof. He died the 19th of May 1700, in the 79th year of his age. This monument was erected the same year by his kinsman, Mr. Robert Harrison.

There is a large graveyard attached.

 

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