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

Parish of Clonloghan (a)

The Parish of Clonloghan, in the Barony of Bunratty Lower and County of Clare, is bounded on the north by the Parishes of Toomfinlogh and Kilnasoola, on the east by the Parish of Drumline, on the south by the Parish of Drumline and the River Shannon, and on the west by the Parishes of Kilconry and Killmalyry. See Name Book.

The proper Irish name of this Parish is Cluain-Lócháin, which literally means the Cloon of the Chaff, but whether Lochan here means a small lake or a man’s name, I know not. There is a Church and Parish of the name of Rath-Lochain near Johnstown, in the Barony of Galmoy, County of Kilkenny, but there is no Saint of the name of Lochan mentioned in the Irish Calendar, tho’ there are several of the name of Loichein to be found in, but none of them in connexion with Clonlochain.

Of the old Church of Clonlochan the east gable and about fifteen feet in length of the side walls attached to it, together with about fifteen feet in length of the north wall, near the west end only remain to the full height. This last part mentioned appears to be a great deal older than the rest. The length was fifty three feet and breadth fourteen feet two inches.

There is a small quadrangular window in the south side within three feet of the east gable, measuring three feet one inch in height and two feet one inch in breadth on the inside; two feet six inches in height and four and a half inches in breadth at top and five and a half inches at bottom on the outside.

The window in the east gable is quadrangular on the inside, but so covered with briers that it could not be measured, but it is about four feet six inches high and two feet six inches wide, semicircular in front and measuring three feet three inches in height and five and three quarter inches in breadth at top, and six inches at bottom.

Both the windows are built up in front of cut grit stone, apparently much older than the parts of the wall in which they are situated.

There is no Holy Well in the Parish nor anything commemorative of a Patron Saint.

They shew the site of an old Castle about fifteen perches east of the Church in the same field. This Castle is mentioned in the College List of Castles as the Castle of Cloynloghan, belonging to Donogh Maglanchy.

I have now come to the end of the description of the Parishes of Clare.

                                                                                                 Your obedient servant,
                                                                                                              Eugene O’Curry.

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                                                                                                                 7th December 1839.

Dear Sir,
Please to read the following notices and let me have your opinion on what I have said about the Towers, Kincora, Aileach, etc.