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

Parish of Killard (b)

There is a small burying ground in the Townland of Clonmore called Cill-na-gClochan.

There is a Holy Well in the Townland of Cluain-na-gCarnán dedicated to St. Breanain, and called here corruptly Tobbar-Breanaill, to which people still resort for the cure of soreness of the eyes.

The Castles of Dunmore and Dunbeg, within a mile of each other on the sea shore, remain in good preservation in this Parish. Of these two Castles, we find the following mention made in the Annals of the Four Masters:-

A.D. 1599. In four days after the Earl (of Thomond) got possession of the Town and when the solemnities of Easter were over, he carried his Ordnance to Limerick for the purpose of attacking Dunbeg. When the Ordnance was placed against the Castle the warders did not wait the discharge of one shot until they surrendered to the Earl, and all the protection they obtained was while they were walking to the gallows, out of which the Earl hanged them in couples face to face. In a similar manner he obtained possession of Dun Mor Mhic-an-Fhearmacaigh. After having taken these places in Corca-Bhaiscin, he sent the heavy Ordnance back to Limerick and then returned home to the middle of Thomond, etc.

                                                                                                 I remain, Sir,
                                                                                                 Your obedient servant
                                                                                                              Eugene O’Curry

Kildysart, 7th Nov. 1839.


                                                                                                              7th November 1839.

Dear Sir,
I send you the Name Books of the Barony of Corcomroe with the names anglicised according to our established scale for Munster. Please to acknowledge the receipt of them.

I have written to Capt. Stotherd requesting that he would tell Wakeman to go by the steam boat from Limerick to Kilrush, and to remain there until he finishes Scattery Island and the Churches of Kilrush, Moylough and Killimer and after this to join me at Ennis, where I shall arrive, Deo volente, in about six days.

I have books and pencil notes about this County scattered about in awful confusion, and if I don’t make every effort to put them into something like order before more accumulate upon me, I shall forget the meaning of them altogether. Having no fixed office of residence we cannot arrange our papers and we have now ten thousand bits and scraps in chaotic confusion! Those of Great Charles St. do not page their extracts. If you could keep back the Carlow Books for even one week it would give me a great relief.

If Wakeman could sketch even all the primitive Churches in the County I should feel much gratified, but if he has lost any of his wonted vigor he will sink under the labour. I will introduce him to gentlemen in the wild part of the County who will take care of him as long as he is in their vicinity.

                                                                                                 Your obedient etc. servant,
                                                                                                              John O’Donovan.