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

Parish of Kilkeedy

  1. Situation & Name; Old Church; Holy Water font in do; Chapel attached to the Church built by the O’Maolain family; Tombstones inscribed to the family in do.

  2. Cluain Dubhain old Castle now pronounced Cluan Uain; Situation and description; Was the best fortified Castle in Ireland in 1586; Notices of it from Annals of IV. Masters; Was taken in 1569 by Sir Henry Sidney, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland; Besieged and taken in 1586 by Sir Richard Bingham, and Mahon O’Brien, in whose possession it then was, slain; Mentioned in list of Castles of Thomond preserved in Trin. Col. Dub; Notice of Ballyvaughan in Annals of IV. Masters; O’Beachains now called Vaughans.

  3. Derryowen Castle; Notices of do. from Annals of IV. Masters; Belonged to the O’Shaughnessys; Coill O’bhFlannchadha, a woody district adjoining the Co. Galway; Remains of the wood observable not many years ago, on the lands of Bun a Chiopáin and Ait Tighe Diothe; Maothraighe old Castle; Kilkeedy old Castle now locally called Caislean Mael; See Cille Caeide (Kilkeedy); Cluain Sailchearnaigh old Castle; Its situation from Annals of IV. Masters; Kinel-Fearmaic Territory (O’Dea’s Country) - extent of; Dysart Tola also Dysert O’Dea.

  4. Kille-Taice old Church (remains of) supposed to have been dedicated to St. Inneeboy, a celebrated Dalcassian Virgin & Patroness of Killinaboy; Her Well near do; Lochaid (Bridge of) in Moanreagh; Mentioned by Keating as on the boundary of the Province of Connaught and the Territory of the Dalcassians; Also mentioned in Annals of IV. Masters; Sliabh-Oidheadha-an-Righ, now the Cratloe Mountain; Rinn Eanaigh in the Shannon near Bunratty; Scairbh now Scarriff Vil. in Tullagh Barony near the boundary of Co. Galway.

  5. Bealach-an-Fhiodhfháil (Pass of) celebrated in Wars of Torlogh & Annals of IV. Masters; Extract from the latter relative to it; Ballyogan in Coill Mor; Baile Ui Griobhtha Castle; Fiodhfhail or Coill an Fhiodhail (Kyleineeal) still the name of a Townland comprised in Rockforest; Remnants of the Fee-fail (sylva faliae) still in do., the road passing through it; Drumfinglas (situation of) from engraved Map of the Down Survey; Kells Townland in Irish Callia, in which there was formerly a Church of which the site is now scarcely traceable; Is probably the Ceandinis which Colgan places in Dalcassia; Mentioned in pedigree of the O’Briens as a seat of a branch of that family.


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