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

Parish of Kilcorney (d)

I have at length finished the Barony of Burren which has cost me an immensity of labour of mind and body. I have yet to write its history, but as this must be done in connection with Corcumroe, of which it originally formed a part, I must defer it till we have traversed the whole County, when the extracts will be more copious and better digested.

I now return the Name Books of the Barony of Burren and request an acknowledgement of their being received at the Ordnance Survey Office.

                                                                                                      Your obedient servant,
                                                                                                                  John O’Donovan.

I want the pedigrees and genealogies of the Uí Fidhgeinte and Uí Chairbre Aobhdha copied carefully from the Books of Lecan, Ballymote and Duald Mac Firbis, also the pedigrees and genealogies of the Uí Conaill Gabhra from the same authorities. Also the Life of St. Senán from the Book of Lismore.


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29th October 1839.

Dear Sir,
I want copied from Duald Mac Firbis’s Book in the Library of the Royal Irish Academy, the pedigree of O’Daly of Corcamroe who lived at Finnyvara near the New Quay in the Parish of Abbey and Barony of Burren. The O’Dalys of Dun Sandal are descended from this branch, though they know it not themselves. The first of them who removed to Connaught had lived at Finnyvara.

I find the following notice of this family in the Annals of the Four Masters:-

A.D. 1404. Carroll O’Daly, Ollave of Corcumroe, died.
A.D. 1420. Fergal O’Daly, Ollave of Corcumroe in poetry, died.
A.D. 1514. O’Daly of Corcumroe, (Teige, the son of Donogh, son of Teige, son of Carroll) a learned poet who had maintained a house of general hospitality, died at Finaigh Bheara and was interred in the Abbey of Corcumroe.

Does it appear from the pedigree of this branch of the O’Dalys as given by Mac Firbis that Donogh More, the supposed Abbot of Boyle, was one of them?

Please to insert this into my letter on the Parish of Abbey-Corcumroe in the Barony of Burren.

                                                                                                      Your obedient etc., servant,
                                                                                                                  John O’Donovan.

The following passage in the Annals of Inishfallen mentions places which I have noticed in former letters. I shall here identify them while they are fresh upon my memory: -

A.D. 1311. A great army was led by Sir Richarde de Clare to East Corcumroe [1] where he encamped, viz., Dermot, the son of Donogh, who was son of Brian Roe (O’Brien) at Criothmhaill [2] with his Irish forces, and De Clare with his Englishmen at Cnoc-Dangan [3] behind them [4] that night. But Donogh, son of Torlogh, son of Teige Caoluisce, King of North Munster, remained that night on Sliabh Cairn [5] together with Mahon and Morogh Mainchin and with his people and the tribe of Hy-Donghaile [6] who remained with him that night consulting together. Very early the next morning, he (Donogh O’Brien) rose up anxious to give battle to De Clare, and commanded that Morogh and Mahon O’Brien and the Hy Donghaile should be his back-guards (black?) in battle. But as they proceeded eastwards [7] of Sliabh Cairn to Gleann Caoin, Morogh Mainchin, son of Mahon, son of Brian, son of Donnell Conachtach O’Brien, gave the King a treacherous blow by which he was slain.

Compare with Wars of Torlogh, page 187 of Ord. Survey Copy.