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

Parish of Rath

  1. Situation; Name; Old Church; Burial ground attached; Rath or fort of Blathmac; Scrimhal-na-Ratha Hill mentioned in account of the Battle of Dysert S. of Church; Knocka-Charnain Hill on top of which is a small carn in Carnan Townland.

  2. Creggaunbwee (burial ground in); Tobar-Parthanane (Parthanane’s Well) in same Townland; Patron and Stations formerly held at do. on St. Bartholomew’s Day, which is also believed to be the festival of St. Blathmac the Patron of the Ph.; Teampull-a-Chregain-Buidhe (Church of Creggaun Bwee) a ruined building so called by some of the natives though not generally considered an old Church in Machaire; Draighneach, burial place for children set down in Ph. Field Name Book under the name Killnamack, which is not known to any one on the spot; Cill-Chaoidhe burial place in Cahercurkane.

  3. Carhooduff Castle (site of); Cuirt-Mhaothail, an old ruin so called, formerly the residence of a family named Hogan in Maothail; Cuirt-Bhoth-Neill a castellated house or court so called; Derivation of the name; Mentioned in list of Castles in MS. in Trin. Col. Dub. as belonging to Teige Mc Morough O’Brien; Is situated in the Country of O’Quin to whom it is supposed to have belonged; Marked on Petty’s Map under the name of Both-Neill; Notice of it from Annals of IV. Masters; Cluain Ramhfhoda, Ennis & Craig-Ui-Chiardhubhain; Cathair-Murchadha in West Corca-Bhaiscinn; Kilmurry; Rush (Kilrush); Magha in Hy Brachan; Baile-Eoin-Gabhann in Corcomroe.

  4. Crag Mothair old castle (remains of); Set down in College list of Castles under the name of Dromenglasse Castle, and as inhabited by Teige Mac Morough (O’Brien); Extract relative to from Annals of IV. Masters; Rath old Castle (remains of) stated in College list to have been inhabited by Muriertagh Garagh (O’Brien?); Lake on the brink of which the Castle stands S.W. of Church noted for supernatural horse races, boats, ships, ricks of turf etc.

  5. Cahercurcaun Castle (remains of) also mentioned in College list as belonging to Muriertagh Garagh (O’Brien); Notice of it from Annals of IV. Masters; Craig Corcrain (not Cahercurcaun) the true name of its locality; Tir-mac-Brain Castle (remains of); Written Tirm Brayne Castle in College list, and stated to have belonged to Mahown Mc Brene O’Brien; The local name Tir Mac Brain believed to be derived from Bran, Fin Mac Cool’s hound; Ceann-Sleibhe (Head of the Mountain) so called at foot of which the Castle stands; Said traditionally to have been the scene of a romantic Finian tale (in which Fin Mac Cool & his dog Bran figure) called Feis-Tighe-Chonain-Chinn-tSleibhe, i.e., the Feast of the House of Conan of the Head of the Mountain; Natural caves therein; Corofin (Situation & Name of); Coraidh-Mhic-Owen Causeway (situation of); Bally-Kin-Curra.


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