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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839
Parish of Killilagh (a)
This Parish is situated in the north-west of the Barony of Corcumroe, and is co-extensive with the celebrated Territory of Tuath Glae, now locally called Tuath Clae. It is bounded on the north and north east by the Barony of Burren; on the south by the Parishes of Kilshanny and Kilmacrehy and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
The name of this Parish is pronounced in Irish as if it were written Cill Oighleach (Kill-eye-lagh) but it is highly probable that, like Killelagh near Clarin Bridge in the Co. of Galway, it is a corruption of Cill Fhaile, i.e., the Church of St. Falie. See my letter on the Church of Killelagh in Galway.
I do not, however, find that the memory of St. Falia or any other Virgin Saint is venerated in the Parish, and the only Saint remembered in connexion with it is St. Brecan, to whom there is a Holy Well dedicated at Tomwillin.
The old Church of Killilagh stands in good preservation in the Townland
to which it has given its name.
The east gable of the Church contains a high round-headed window, the bottom of which is five feet from the present level of the ground outside. It measures on the inside about twelve feet in height and five feet six inches in breadth, and on the outside ten feet in height and eight inches in width. The north wall is featureless.
The walls of this Church are three feet six inches in thickness and the side walls are about twelve feet high. They are built of large and small stones.
This Church is situated in a large graveyard. It is
decidedly not many centuries old.