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

Parish of Killmurry (a)

The Parish of Killmurry in the Barony of Tulla Upper, Co. of Clare, is bounded on the north by the Parish of Clonlea in the same Barony, on the west by the Parishes of Quin and Toomfenlough in the Barony of Bunratty Upper, on the south by the Parish of Feenagh in the Barony of Bunratty Lower and on the east by the Parish of Killfeenaghta in the Barony of Tulla Upper. See engraved Map of Down Survey.

The name of this Parish is so well understood that I need scarcely say that it means the Church of the Virgin Mary, but that this is the original name of the place may be doubted from the fact of finding a Holy Well near it dedicated to the Virgin St. Faoile, who had anciently a religious establishment at Ath Cliath Meadhraidhe, in the Co. of Galway. There is no Patron day in the Parish nor anything commemorative of a Patron Saint but this Well.

Of the old Church of Killmurry nothing now remains but twenty one feet in length of the north wall to the height of about ten feet, with no appearance of antiquity. There is a burying ground attached to the ruin.

The ruined Castle of Rossroe stands on the eastern brink of a handsome lake in the Townland of Crag-Roe. It belonged to one of the Macnamara family, but is not mentioned in the College List.

Killkishen Castle of which I spoke in treating of the Parish of Clonlea is set down as in this Parish in the Field Name Book.

The old Castle of Drummullin stands in good external preservation in the Townland of the same name. It is mentioned in the College List as belonging to Comea Mac Mahoun. In treating of Kilnasoola Parish I mistook Dromoland for Drommullin.

Rossroe and Shandaingean, two places in this Parish, are mentioned in No. 15 of Hardiman’s Irish Deeds, as paying tribute to Macnamara.