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

Parish of St. Munchin’s (a)

This Parish is situated to the north of the City of Limerick; is bounded on the west by the Parishes of Killeely and Kilfenaghta; on the north by part of same and Cloonlea and on the east by the Parishes of Trooagh and St. Patrick’s.

The name of this Parish is in the Irish language, Paráiste Naoimh Mainchín, i.e., the Parish of Saint Manchin or Munchin, to whom the Parish Church, which is situated in the City of Limerick, is dedicated. The description and history of this Church belong to the City of Limerick and not to the County of Clare.

The only remain of antiquity in the Co. Clare part of this Parish is the old Church of Kilrush (the Church of the Point) a name not set down in the Field Name Book of this Parish, though well known in the Country as that of a Townland containing sixty Irish acres, and shewn on the Engraved Map of the Down Survey as a Townland containing a Church.

This Church is situated near the margin of the Shannon about two miles westwards of the City of Limerick. It is a remotely ancient little Church, measuring on the outside thirty feet six inches, and in breadth nineteen feet. The doorway was placed in the west gable (as is most generally the position of the doorways of the primitive Irish Churches) but it is now built up with strong mason work. It is very much injured (disfigured) towards the bottom, the large stones which formed the sides having been taken away, but its lintel and three feet of its sides under it remain perfect.

The lintel extends the entire thickness of the wall.

The south wall is about fourteen feet in height, and two feet nine inches in thickness, which is exactly the height and thickness of the north wall also. The part of the south wall which contained the window is now reduced to a formless breach. The east gable contains a very old window which is roundheaded inside and outside, and measures on the inside five feet five inches in height and two feet eight inches in breadth, and on the outside (where it is six feet from the ground) three feet in height, and in breadth ten and a half inches at top and thirteen inches at the bottom. The walls of this Church are built of large lime stones laid in irregular courses. The north wall was originally featureless, but a doorway was some years ago broken on it to lead into a cow house erected within the Church by the proprietor, Mr. Barrington. It is surprising that the Patron Saint of this little Church dose not strike his cattle with the red bolt of his vengeance. It is probable that he was Saint Mainchin, but there is no monument of his name in its vicinity.

There is a small burial ground in the Townland of Knockalisheen called Cill a Bhothair, i.e., the burial place near the road, but I do not believe that there ever was a Church near the place.

There is no Castle in this Parish at present nor tradition of the former existence of one in any Townland of it.