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

Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 2. Ui Ainmire

St. Patrick’s Parish—(part of)

As it so happens that the section of the parish of St. Munchin, [8] which is situate in the county of Clare, possesses within its limits no object of antiquarian interest, we shall pass to the description of those in the neighbouring parish of St. Patrick. By the inhabitants it is always designated the parish of Kilquain (Cill Cuain), and its patron saint is one of the many holy men of that name mentioned in the Martyrologies. The church of Kilquain, in a ruined state with a much used graveyard adjoining, stands in the townland of the same name, near the Shannon. Three castles belonged to this parish—King John’s Castle, built by the English monarch of that name at Parteen, just on the brink of the Shannon; Castlebank, now utterly ruined, which is not mentioned in the list of 1580, owing to the fact, as is probable, that it was not then built; and Dromin Castle, the name of which is also omitted from the list in question. It is well known that of Castlebank was one of the many strongholds of the Earls of Thomond, which were held for these powerful lords by constables of their nomination.

On the bridge of Parteen, in this parish, is the following inscription:—“Hunc pontem et viam stratam fieri fecit Petrus Creagh, filius Andreæ, major civitatis Limericencis sumptibus ejusdem civitatis, A.D. 1635.” The “via strata” is now called the Long Pavement.