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

Parish of Kilmaley (a)

The Parish of Kilmaley, in the Barony of Islands and Co. of Clare, is bounded on the north by the Parish of Disert in the Barony of Inchiquin, on the west and south west by the Parishes of Kilmurry in the Barony of Ibricken and Kilmihill in the Barony of Clonderala. On the south by the Parish of Clondagad, on the east by Killone and on the northeast by Dromcliff, between it and which there is no line of demarkation on the engraved Map of the Down Survey, which see.

The name of this Parish is partly, at least, of ecclesiastical origin, as Kill-Maley means nothing more than the Church or Cell of Maley, but who or what this Maley was I have not been able to ascertain.

Of the Church of Cill-Mhaille, the south wall and east gable only remain, both to the full height. The south wall measures sixty five feet in length and the gable twenty feet in breadth. Within one and a half feet of the end of the south wall is a pointed window, inaccessible from vaults being built up against it. At the distance of ten feet from this is a pointed doorway of cut limestone measuring six feet three inches in height and four and a half feet in breadth on the inside, and five feet seven inches in height and three feet seven a half inches in breadth on the outside.

At the distance of fifteen feet ten inches from this doorway is another pointed window, five feet three inches high and two feet nine inches wide on the inside; four feet high and five and a half inches wide on the outside, built up of cut limestone. At the distance of sixteen feet six and a half inches from this is another pointed window, five feet four inches high and five feet wide on the inside; four feet two inches high and six inches wide on the outside.

The window in the east gable is semi-circular on the inside, measuring seven feet eight inches in height and three feet eight and a half inches in breadth; pointed on the outside, where it is five feet nine inches high and one foot five inches wide, divided into two parts, six inches in breadth each, by a mullion. This window had shutters on the outside, the iron hooks of which remain yet in the wall. The walls are three feet four inches thick and about twelve feet high.

There is a large burying ground attached to this Church.

About one hundred and fifty yards south of the Church, at the other side of the River, is a Holy Well dedicated to the Virgin Mary at which devotions still continue to be performed for the cure of sore eyes.

At about the distance of a furlong east of the Church is a Holy Well dedicated to St. Sgreabhan of Clondagad, at which devotions continue to be performed for the cure of sore eyes.

There is a small burying ground for children only in the Townland of Killclougher, which takes its name from it.

There is a small burying ground in the Townland of Dromanure, called Cill-Leanbh or Burial Place of the Children.

According to local historians of this district the Parish of Killmaley is coextensive with the ancient Territory called Hy-Cormaic, the Patrimony of O’h-Aichir, now anglicised Hehir and Hare.

The name Hy-Cormaic is still well remembered but it is to be doubted that it was anciently confined to the present extent of this Parish.

                                                                                                 Your obedient servant,
                                                                                                            Eugene O’Curry.