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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839

Parish of Killseely (a)

The Parish of Killseely in the eastern part of the Co. of Clare, Barony of Tulla Lower, is bounded on the east by Killokennedy; on the north by Killuran; on the west by Clonlea and on the south by Troogh Parishes.

It is about four miles north of the City of Limerick, eight miles west of Killaloe Town, the same distance south of Scarriff, and Broadford is situated in its northeast corner.

The name of this Parish as pronounced in the Irish Language is Cill tSíghle, Cill tSighle, i.e., Celia’s Church, but of Celia the parishioners know nothing more than the name. There is a holy well within the Churchyard on the southside of the Church dedicated to Celia at which Stations continue still to be performed by the peasantry, though against the admonitions of their clergy. There is no Patron Day observed in the Parish.

The ruined Church of Kilseely is situated about one mile southwest of Broadford at the foot of a steep hill. It measures forty seven feet four inches in length and twenty feet in breadth. All its architectural features are destroyed except the window in the east gable which shews it to be about a century and a half old. It does not come properly under the head of antiquity.

There is a large burying ground attached to this ruin.

There is a small burial place for children in the Townland of Kyle (Kill) from which the Townland has its name.

There is another little burying place of the same description in the Townland of Cloonskeerea called Kill-Mochuille, and there is a holy well in the Townland of Gort-a-Chuillin dedicated to the same person at which Stations continue to be performed still for the cure of soreness of the eyes.

There is a broken “giant’s grave” in the Townland of Drummin and another of the same description in the Townland of Ballykelly.

There are small pieces of the west and south sides of an old castle remaining in the same Townland and called after its name, viz., Ballykelly Castle. This castle is not in the College List by this name.
The following places mentioned in Macnamara’s Rental No. 15 Hardiman’s Irish Deeds, viz:-

  1. Cuailleach.
  2. Baile-na-nGlias (now corruptly Baile-na-gBliath in Hurdlestown.)
  3. Druimsoithle.
  4. Snaite or Inis-Snaite.