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

Parish of Killuran (a)

The Parish of Killuran in the Barony of Tulla Upper and Co. of Clare, is bounded on the north and northwest by the Parish of Kilnoe, on the west and southwest by the Parishes of Tulla and Clonlea and on the south and east by the Parishes of Kilseely and Kilokennedy. See engraved Map of Down Survey.

The best authority I can find for the correct Irish Orthography of this name is No. 15 of Hardiman’s Irish Deeds, in which it is thus spelled Cill-Iobhrain (Cill-Iobhrain) i.e., the Church of St. Iobhran, pronounced all over the south of Ireland, Uran. Of St. Iobhran or of his Church I have no historical account, excepting that the latter is set down as a Vicarage in the Barony of Tulla in the list of Castles etc., preserved in MS. T.C.D., Class E. 2, 14, so often referred to already.

Of the Church of Killuran not a vestige remains but nineteen feet of the south wall to the height of about twelve feet and two and a half feet in thickness, built of brown mountain stone and apparently of modern erection. There is a large graveyard attached to it.

There is a small burial place for children in the Townland of Elm-Hill.

The following castles mentioned in the list of castles already referred to in this letter were situated in this Parish, viz:-

    1. Moinogianach - owner Sioda Mc Rory.
    2. Tirowanyn - owner Donell Reogh.

The first of these castles is now nearly destroyed; the second stands still to nearly its original height but its doors and windows are all destroyed.

In No. 15 of Hardiman’s Irish Deeds, which contains Mac Namara’s Revenue, it is stated that he had a tribute of Victuals (Coiny) once a year, viz., from Christmas to Shrovetide in Killuran and Bally-mac-Donnell, one of the Townlands of that (this) Parish at present; Uachtar-Ruis, another Townland is also mentioned.