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

Parish of Noughaval (e)

There are three burial places for children, called Kills, in this Parish:-

  1. One in the Townland of Kiltinnaun, Cill-tSeanain-Cella Sancti Sanani, to which it has given name. It is probable that there was a primitive Irish Church here dedicated to St. Senanus, the great Patron (genius!) of the River (Ledwich!) Shannon, and of the Dalcassians, but not a stone of it now remains to gratify the craving appetite of the antiquarian, and even the churchyard has been entirely abandoned.
  2. Kilballymahony in the Townland of Ballymahony, and
  3. Kilballymurphy in the Townland of Ballymurphy. These burial places are probably the site of small chapels of ease to the Parish Church.

The most ancient remains of antiquity in this Parish are those of three Cromlechs, one in Deerpark, and the other two in Ballyganner, the one in Ballyganner north, and the other in Ballyganner south. The one in Ballyganner south is in good preservation, and consists of four upright stones supporting a flag stone laid horizontally or very nearly so and measuring thirteen feet four inches from north to south and nine feet four inches from east to west. Of the supporters, that on the south side measures eighteen feet ten inches in length, four feet one inch in height and one foot in thickness; that on the north measures seventeen feet eight inches in length, and is of the same height and thickness with the south one. They are not placed parallel to each other, being seven feet six inches asunder at the west certainly a grave, and well worth the attention of the antiquarian. The other two are equally perfect and remarkable; (the horizontal flag of the one in Deerpark is twelve feet long, and is supported by others which are four feet seven inches high and fourteen feet long) but no tradition exists about any of them except the vulgar one of their having been erected by Dermod O’Duibhne as beds for Grainé who eloped with him for her puissant husband, Fionn Mac Cumhail, but I can scarcely believe that this tradition is older than that which ascribes the raths to and the cahers to the Danes.

 

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