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

Parish of Killadysert (b)

In this Parish there are three Holy Wells:- One in the Townland of Leacain na Seannach (Lackennashinnagh) called Tobermurry, i.e., the Well of the Blessed Virgin, at which Stations are performed; the second in Crobraghan called Tober-Beachain and the third in Coogy called Tobar Ruadhain, i.e., the Well of St. Rodanus. No Stations are performed at the two latter wells, nor is the festival of either Saint celebrated or remembered in the Parish.

In this Parish belongs the Island of Oileán (or Inis) na gCananach, or Canon Island, on which there is an abbey of considerable extent, which was founded by Donnell O’Brien, King of Limerick, in the 12th century (see Archdall).

I could find no ancient inscription here but one in the Gothic letter which is so mutilated that I could not read it. The beginning of it runs thus:- “Hic jachet Magister Cornelius.”

To the east of Canon Island, at no great distance, is Inis Luaidhe (Inishloe) which is mentioned in St. Senan’s life as containing a Church. But there is no ruin on it at present, nor even graveyard, nor anything but an old tree, which is believed to have been blessed by St. Senan.

To this Parish also belongs Inis Tubrid which is mentioned in St. Senan’s Life, but there is no ruin on it at present.

To this Parish belongs Inis Da Drom, i.e., the Island of the Two Backs (now often called Coney Island) which is set down in the list of the Castles of Thomond as belonging “to Tege Mac Conor O’Brien.” It also contains a Church on the south side which is not very ancient as it has a pointed doorway in the south wall. There is another Church on the east side.

In this Parish is situated the Townland of Crooraghan, which is mentioned in the same list as “Coroberighane” a castle belonging to Tege Mac Conor O’Brien. This Castle is now levelled to the foundations.

The following Townlands in this Parish and those adjoining it are mentioned in O’Brien’s Rental, published by Mr. Hardiman.

He is entitled to 20 shillings in the quarter of Cluain h-Ualladh (Clonulla); an ounce of tribute and an ounce of gold in Creachaire (Craghera) and in Cluain Sneachta (Cloonsnaghta); 20 pence tribute and an ounce of gold in Cluain Ceitt (Cloonkett); 20 pence tribute and an ounce of gold in Both-luachra; 20 pence tribute and an ounce of gold in Cluain Boirné; an ounce of gold in Gleann Chanain; 20 pence of tribute and 20 shillings in Baile Ui Bhuadhachain of the Clann Kennedy, and twenty (20) shillings rent and an ounce of tribute in Baile Ui Bhuadhachain of the posterity of Teige Roe Mac Mahon; an ounce of gold in Ceapa na bFearnog; a shilling and nine ounces in Cuigedh Inse Meic Uaithne (an island in the Shannon); a shilling and nine ounces in Cuiedh na nGrat; a shilling and nine ounces in Leacain na Sionnach, etc. and two shillings tribute in Curi-Breachain (now Crobraghaun).

 

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