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

Parish of Kilmoon

  1. Situation & Name; Old Church; Stone near do. exhibiting a mitred head from which it might be concluded that Muadanus, Bishop of Errigal Muadhain, whose day fell on 30th August, was Patron of the Church; St. Moon’s Well at which Stations are performed W. of Church; The Cross, a standing stone so called E. of Church; St. Brendan’s Well at which stations are performed in Lisdoonvarna; Well dedicated to Bishop Lonan (or Flannan) in Derrynavahagh; O’Davoran’s Castles (site of) in same Townland; Donogh the last of the O’Davorans who resided therein; Site of dwelling house which belonged to same family near the Castle; Lisdoonvarna Fort orginally called Dun-á-Bheárna, the Fort of the Gap; Caher in Derrynavahagh; Caheraclogán Castle (site of) mentioned in list of O’Loughlin Burren’s Castles in MS. Lib. Trin. Col. Dub., and remains of the Caher which gave name to the Castle & Townland; List of Cahers in the Parish.

  2. Lios a tSiodhain (Liss-a-teeaun) i.e., the Fort of the Shee-aun or Fairy Hill, a remarkable hill so called in same Townland; Belief of the Irish regarding the Shee and Shee-auns (fairies and fairy hills) according to the Book of Lismore; Meaning of the word Sidh (Shee) explained by Colgan, O’Flaherty & O’Donovan; Extract relative to do. from Tireachan’s annotations on Life of St. Patrick.


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