Situation and Name; Old Church, believed
by the natives to have been founded by St. Finghin of Quin, whose
day was formerly kept holy in
this Parish; Cill-Fiodhain (Kill-Iain) deserted burial ground; Old
font in do. said to have belonged to the Church which formerly stood
there; Notices of Kill-Iain from Colgan’s AA. SS. (Appendix to
Life of St. Ita; Kill-beg, burial place for children in Fanruis; Ballyallia
(Baile Ui Aille); Old Castle (remains of) in.
References to, from Ann. of
IV. Masters; Mentioned in list of castles preserved in MS. Trin.
Col. Dub. as having belonged to Jas. Nellan
(Niallan) as is also the Castle of Ballycarton (not identified)
The O’Nealans still a very numerous tribe in the district to
north of Ballyallia; Cnoc-Fuarchcille (Cnoc-Urchoill) now Spancel Hill,
three miles east of Baile-Ui-Aille in Parish of Clooney; Quince
Caislean-Maol (Bald or Gableless Castle) in Ballycarroll; Mentioned
in College list of castles as the Castle of Ballycarroll belonging
to Conor Mac Glanchy.