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

Parish of Kilcorney (c)

The other remains of antiquity in this Parish are the ruins of earthen and stone forts, as:-

      1. Caher-na-mWeela in the Townland of Poulgorm.
      2. Caher-an-Ard-Dorais in the Townland of Glensleade.
      3. Lismandrum.
      4. Lis-Colman-Vara called after the Saint.
      5. Caher-Lissaniska in the Townland of Eantybeg south, and
      6. Caherlisanima in the Townland of Eantybeg north.

In the Townland of Kilcorney in this Parish there is a remarkable cave about which many superstitious stories are current in the country, such as, that an enchanted bird was caught there which spoke like a human being; of enchanted horses coming out of it, which propagated their breed throughout the country etc. I find the following description of this cave in Gough’s Camden, Vol.4, page 366:-

Kilcorney is in a pretty low valley entered at the east end. On the north side of a small plain of an acre under a steep rugged cliff lies Kilcorren (recte Kilcorney, J.O’D. ) cave. The mouth, level with the plain, about three feet diameter, part blocked up with lime and stone, widens beyond the entrance; the floor, pretty even rock, two to four or five yards broad; sides from six to twelve or fourteen high. Forty yards from the door a deep pit seven or eight yards over, after which the floor even for two hundred yards. Dr. Lucas, who describes it, never passed beyond the pit. The cave pours forth occasional deluges over the adjacent plain to the depth of about twenty feet, sometimes once in a year or twice, commonly three or four times a year, preceded by great noise as of falling water. It flows with rapidity and great noise for a day or two, and afterwards returns into the cave or the small holes in the low ground, but slower is putrid like stagnated pond water, and leaves a rich scum. There is no river or lake near it, and it is six miles from the sea.” - Account by Dr. Charles Lucas, Philos. Trans., No. 456. p. 360.

 

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