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

Parish of Kilfeeragh

  1. Situation & Name; Old Church (site of) occupied by a modern Protestant one; Burial ground attached; Kilimo deserted burial ground from which the Townland is named; Was probably the site of a Church dedicated to St. Dioma; Cill-na-mBan-Ortha i.e., the Church of the Women of Prayers or of the Golden Hair a small burial place so called in Bawnmore; Tobar-na-mBan-Ortha Holy Well at which Stations are performed; Cill tSeanain (St. Senan’s Church) a large and much frequented burial ground, so called, situated either in this Ph. or that of Killard but not mentioned in Field Name Book of either Ph.; Must have been founded by or dedicated to St. Senan of Innis-Catha; Kilkee (Cill-Chaoidhe) Townland; Mentioned in Hardiman’s Irish Deeds; Site of burial ground from which it is named; Tobar Seanan Well at which stations are performed near do.; Tobar-Caoidhe (St. Caoidh’s Well) frequented for the cure of diseases of the eye.

  2. The Bishop’s Island popularly called Oilean an-Easbaig-Ghortaigh (the Stingy Bishop’s Island); Small stone buildings on do.; A burial ground said traditionally to have been on do.; Cill-na-gCaileach (Church of the Nuns) a burial ground in which there was an old Church; Account of the Church from Colgan’s Life of St. Seanan of Inis Cathaigh; Senanius O’Hettromain, the husbandman to whom the Saint appeared in a vision; O’Hedromans still numerous in the Ph. of Moyarta adjoining & traditionally remembered as the Ferry & Fisherman of St. Seanan; Privilege said to have been left to them by the Saint; List of places in the Ph. mentioned in Hardiman’s Irish Deeds; Kill, a burial ground for children in Farrahy; Kill, a deserted burial ground in Emmala.



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