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

Parish of Kilnaboy (j)

The following historical references to Kilnaboy are collected from several sources:- Annals of the Four Masters.

1599. In the first week of March the Governor of the Province of Connaught, Sir Conyers Clifford, went to Galway with a great army of distinguished gentlemen and soldiers. After having delayed nearly a week in Galway he sent seven or eight bands of English and Irish soldiers to the County of Clare, to know who were obedient to the Queen in that County. He appointed Theobald Dillon, Captain Lester and Richard Scorlog (Sherlock) the Sheriff of the Co. of Clare as commanders over them (his troops) until they should arrive at the place where Torlogh O’Brien was, who was also to be one of the commanders. They stopped the first night at Cill Caeidh in the east of the Territory of Hy-Fearmaic. As soon as the faithful friends of Teige, the son of Torlogh O’Brien had heard of their arrival in that Country, they prepared to oppose them and as the Queen’s party were on the following day marching westwards from Cill Caeidh through Bealach-an-Fhiadhfail, Teige’s party made an attack upon them in which many were slain on both sides, and although more fell on the Queen’s side it is not said that any distinguished man of them was slain. On the Irish side was slain one nobleman of the O’Briens, viz., Dermot Roe, the son of Morogh, who was son of Conor. After this attack the Queen’s people were suffered to pass and they moved onwards to Cill-Inghine-Bhaoith where they arrived in the evening, and stopped for some time.

In the same year Red Hugh O’Donnell made a predatory excursion into Thomond and fixed his camp at Kilnaboy for a short time.

The following is from the same authority:-

Anno. 1573. All these forces met together (q. who were they?) at a place called Ard-na-Babog, where the River Fergus mingles with the Shannon. They then, to wreak their vengeance on the inhabitants of the Upper part of Thomond, marched through the eastern part of the Territory of Hy-Cormaic, touching the Territory of Hy-Fearmaic, and the cries and shrieks of the unfortunate people whom they plundered gave warning notice of their march in every place through which they passed. They proceeded onwards by the stony road of Corofin, by the gate of the Castle of Inchiquin, by Bothar na Mac Riogh, and some of their people carried various utensils and spoils out of the Church of Cill-Inghine-Bhaoith, but this profanation of the Church of that Saint boded ill for the triumph or success of the Dalcassians.

I sent for the entire of this article from Corofin, but have not yet got it.