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

Parish of Kilmacdooaun (a)

The Parish of Kilmacdooaun in the Barony of Moyarta and Co. of Clare is bounded on the north by the Parish of Kilmurry in the Barony of Ibricken, on the west by the Parish of Killard in the same Barony, on the south by the Parish of Kilrush in the Barony of Moyarta and on the east by the Parish of Kilmihil in the Barony of Clonderlagh. See Name Book.

The name of this Parish is of ecclesiastical origin, viz., Cill-Mic-an-Dubhain, i.e., the Church of the Son of Dubhan, of which I can collect no account but what is preserved in the Life of St. Seanan of Inis-Cathaigh, as given by Colgan.

The Four Masters preserve the same orthography of the name in recording the death of the wife of one of the Mac Mahon family, but who or what Mac-an-Dubhain was, or at what period he flourished, I have no historical reference whatever.

The following is from Colgan, Chap. XLIV:-

At the time that Theodorious, the son of Thadaeus O’Brien, held the Principality of Tuamonia, it happened that a certain husbandman, a subject to the Monastery of St. Senanus, was in a great quarrel, guilty of murder, and when he was sought for by the officers of the Prince to the end that he should suffer punishment for the crime committed, he fled for the sake of protection to the Church of St. Senanus, because in those parts the privileges of common refuge and an inviolable asylum were continually had. When the officers could not drag him out from thence, nor exact the designed punishment ut pote superiore loci allegata, and repulsed by the immunity and privileges of the Church of the Man of God, and his whole territory, they returned to the Prince, to whom they explained the circumstance as it had happened. On hearing these matters, Theodorious, moved with highest indignation, proceeds, guarded with a great band of soldiers, to the Church of Saint Senanus and joined it with the territory subject to it, for (to) the entertainment and exactions of himself and his accompanying soldiers on that night, as he did also on the following night (of) another Church of Kill-Mic-an-Dubhain (36) which was subject to the Monastery of the Man of God. Where, whilst he was remaining, Saint Senanus appeared to the Prior of the Monastery of Inis-Cathy as prepared for a journey. To whom, on his enquiring who he was, or whither he would proceed, he replied that he himself was Senanus and that he would proceed to exact from Theodorious the punishment already deserved by his temerity, and in a short time afterwards the same night, he appeared to Theodorius himself, on whom he inflicted, with the point as of his staff it were, a wound in the leg, which tortured him in the extreme. And when he (Theodorious) asked the cause of the wound inflicted, he (St. Senanus) replied that it was the violence and injury brought upon his own Church and his subjects. And at these words he immediately disappeared. Theodorious, meanwhile, awaking could never be cured by Doctors of the wound inflicted (on him) until he breathed his last in agonies.

From the Annals of the Four Masters:-

A.D. 1591, Margaret, the daughter of Donall (who was son of Conor, who was son of Torlogh, who was son of Teige, who was son of Turlogh, who was son of Brian-Catha-an-Aonaigh O’Brien) and wife of Torlogh, who was son of Brien, who was son of Donogh Mac Mahon, died at Cill-Mac-Dubhain, and was interred at Inis-Cathaigh, and her sister Aine, the wife of Torlogh Roe, who was son of Teige, who was son of Moragh, who was son of Teige Roe Mac Mahon, died.