I here translate a list of castles found on a sheet of paper among the
MS. Collection of Messrs Hodges and Smith, College Green, Dublin. It
was written not more than
one century since by some Irishman, who signs himself William O’Lionain.
It is curious as shewing what Castles existed in the east of Thomond in the time
of the writer, but his authority is not always to be received (without testing
it) as to the founders of these Castles: “Here follow the names of the
people who built the undernamed Castle in the County of Clare.”
- Cumy, the son of Mac Con, who was the son of Loughlin (Mac Namara)
and his son Donogh, erected Daingean Ui Bhigin. - Now Dangan Castle
in the Parish of Quin.
- Mac Con, the son of Cumy, erected the Abbey of Quin.- So called
at this day.
- Shane, the son of Donogh, Cratloemore. - So at this day.
- Shane, the son of Teige, Cratloe Mael. - Is this shewn on the Ordnance
- Sioda (Shudy) Cam erected Lecarrow. - Now Lecarrow about three
quarters of a mile East of Feakle Village. See my letter.
- Sheedy, the son of Philip More, Ballintlea. - Sic hodie.
- Shane, the son of Donogh, Rosmanagher. - Sic hodie.
- Mac Con, the son of Sheedy and his son Donogh, erected Bunratty.
- This is false history, for Bunratty was erected by De Clare. See
- Fineen, the son of Cumara, erected Cluain Mhuineach. - Sic hodie,
in the Parish of Bunratty. Is this shewn on the Ordnance Map?
- Shane, the son of Sheedy, who was son of Donogh Cumarach, erected
Baile na nGaibhne from the hall down, and his father that part of it
extending from the hall up (What does William O’Lionain mean by
up and down here? - J.O’D.) - Now Smithstown in the Parish of
Drumline, about the one half of it is up.
- Donogh, the son of Moreirtagh, who was the son of Conor
Maglanchy erected Cluian Lochain and Baile an Cloiche. - Now Clonloaghan
and Stonehall. Does the Ordnance Map shew the site of a Castle at Stone
- Conor, the son of Hugh Maglanchy, Urlinmore. - Sic hodie.
- Conor, the son of Conor, Baile Salach. - Now Ballysallagh in the
Parish of Killonasoola.
- Shane, the son of Conor Roe, Baile na Craige. - Now Ballynacragga,
in the same Parish.
- Loughlin, the son Teige, Rath Maolain. - Now Rath Maolain in the
- Thomas, the son of Shane Mac Anerheny erected Druim Olainn. -
Now Drumoland, the seat of Sir Lucius O’Brien.
- Donnell, the son of Rory erected Múchán. - Now Maoghaun
in the Parish of Toomfinlough.
- Hugh, the son of Donogh, who was the son of Mac Con, Beal-Áith-Hinain.
- Now Ballyhannan in the Parish of Quin.
- Shane, the son of Mac Con, who was the son of Sheedy, Crappoge,
and the Chapel of Quin. - Now Crappoge in the Parish of Quin.
- Donnell of the Cavalry, the son of Shane an Ghabhaltais, Baile
Ui Mharcachain. - Now Ballymarkahaun in the Parish of Quin.
- Teige, the grandson of Mac Con, Rath Laithin. - Now Rathlaheen
in the Parish of Toomfinlogh.
- Sheedy Cam, and his son erected the house of Kincora for Brian
Boroo and Ros Ruadh. - This is to be doubted, though it may be true.
of Rosroe is in the Parish of Kilmurry.
- Donogh, the son of Donnell, Beal an Chuillin. - Sic hodie; jacet
in Parochia de Kilfeenaghta.
- Conor na Srón O’Brien, Baile Ui Mhaoil Chaisil. -
Ballymulcashel in Kilmurry Parish.
- Hugh, the son of Loughlin, Greanachan. - Now Granaghan in Toomfinlogh
- Conor, his son, Baile, Ui Chartha. - Now Ballycarr in eadem Parish.
- Owen, the son of Sheedy, who was the son of Shane, built Cuilleán.
- Cullaun, in Quin Parish.
- Caisin, the son of Sheedy and his son Donogh, erected Kilkisin.
- Sic hodie, in Kilmurry Parish.
- Shane, the son of Loughlin Oge, Daingean Breac. - Sic hodie, in
- Conor, the son of Shane, Ceapach. - Which of the many is meant
- Donogh, the son of Teige, Baile Caisleain na Bhionnánach.
- Now Castletown in the Parish of Doora.
- Owen, the son of Sheedy, Baile Ui Aille. - Sic hodie in Parochia
- Torlogh, Bishop of Killaloe, erected Beal na Fior Bhearnan. -
Now called Béal na Fior Bheannan - Bealnafeervaarnan or O’Brien’s
Castle; it is in Inchacronan Parish.
- Mahon, the son of Sheedy, son of Gilduff, Corbally. - Corbally
in Clooney Parish.
- Mahon, the son of Shane, Timadach. - Timadach evidently a mistake
of the transcriber?
- The same erected Fionnloch. - Now Toomfinlough; the Castle is
- Rory, the son of Philip, Lios Miodhachain. - Now Lismeehan in
- His son William, Lios Aodha Finn. - Now Lissofin in Tulla Parish.
- Donnell, the son of Hugh, Baile Ui Mhaoilin. - Now Milltown, alias
Baile Ui Mhaoilin, in Tulla Parish.
- Shane, the son of Teige, Tulach. - Now Tulla Village; Castle destroyed.
- Donogh, the son of Rory, Garrumhrach. - Now Garrooragh in Tulla
- Teige, the son of Mac Con More, Feartan. - Now Fartaun in Tulla
- Donnell, the son of Mac Con Fin, Baile na Hinse. - Now Ballynahinch
in Kilno Parish.
- Philip, the son of Rory O’Brien, the two Cuil Riabhachs.
- Now the Coolreaghs in Kilno Parish.
- Donogh, the son of Donnell O’Grady, Cluaine. - Now Clooney?
- Donogh, the son of Brain Brugh, Scarriff. - Sic hodie.
- Owen, the son of Mac Con, Caislean an Locha. - Now the Castle
in Lough Derg opposite Scarriff called Caislean Bán.
- Sheedy, the son of Teige, Aonach. - Now Aonach O’Floinn in
the Parish of Clonlea.
- Donogh, son of Donnell, the grandson of Ceallachan, Madhm
Talmhan and Triuch. - Now ridiculously anglicised Mount Holland; it
is in the Parish of Clonlea. 51. Now Trooagh.
- 53. Philip, the son of Sheedy, Moin O’gCianachta and
Tir Omhanainn. - Now Moanogeenagh and Tirovannin, both are situated
Parish of Killuran.
- Baile Ui Chaollaidhe. - Ballykelly in the Parish of Kilseely.
- Fineen, the son of Mac Con, Dun Easa. - Now Dunass in Kiltinaanlea
- Donogh, the son of Conor na Sron, Clachan na Buidhe. - Non est
- Thomas, son of Richard, the Abbey of Clare. - Sic hodie.
- Donogh, the son of Teige by the daughter of O’Dea, Modhomhna
and the Monastery of Corcomroe. - Now Mogowna in the Parish of Kilnamona
in the Barony of Inchaquin.
- Donogh, the son of Turlogh O’Brien, Droichiod Ui Bhriain. -
Now anglicised “O’Brien’s Bridge.”
- Donogh, the son of Morogh, Dun Ogain. Now Dunogaun in Kilmurry
The whole number (in the Co.) is one hundred and nine, 109. “I
implore the blessing of the reader, whether I be living or dead.” William
This list is certainly imperfect as appears from the summing up of the
whole number which he had given, viz., 109. The Castles really mentioned
in the copy
before me is very little more than half that number. Mr. Sharkey will have
a look out for these Castles on the Ordnance Map. I think they are all mentioned
in our letters.