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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Part II. History of Thomond
Chapter 28

The Journal of Thomas Dineley, 1681



Ennish Caltra

Twelve Miles from Rallahine, neer Killaloo, worthy the sight of the curious, is an Island called Ennish Caltra.[16]

This is two small miles about, in the Shannon River, in which are seen the remaines of seven Churches called the 7 Churches of Asia. Here, once a yeer, the superstitious Irish go to do penance and are enjoined to walk round barefooted 7 times, and they who fear hurting their feet, hire others to do it; here is a great concourse of both sexes. This Island, by some, is called Insula Sanctorum, a name which hath bin applicable to All Ireland.

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