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

Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 6. West Corcabaskin

Kilballyowen Parish

No patron saint of this parish is remembered. It takes its name from the site of the church standing in the townland of that name. The building is in good preservation. Another ruined church is in the parish, that of Ross, called the “Church of the Nine Saints.” At a little distance is what is called by the people the grave of the nine saints. Two graveyards, not much used, exist in the parish, one at Kilbaha, and the other at Kilcloher. The well-known headland of Loop Head belongs to Kiballyowen. Its name is derived from a story of Cuchullaun, the chief of the Red Branch Knights of Ulster, who, at one time, had a mistress whom he wished to abandon. He fled from her in the night, and came all the way to this promontory. On looking round, he saw her coming towards him, and he jumped from the mainland to the little island adjoining, a distance of fifty-two feet. Thence the place was designated Leam Cuchullain, Leam Chonn, Leap Head, and finally corrupted into Loop Head. Nearer by a mile than Loop Head are the remains of two ancient cahers called Cahercrochan and Cahersall built of stones, and a lios named Dun Daithlionn, of earth. Two holy wells exist in the parish, Tobar Cuain at Kiltrellig, and Tobar Senán at Kilcloher. The site of the ruined castle of Cloghaunsavaun, belonging in 1580 to Turlogh MacMahon of Carrigaholt, is situate in this parish.