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

Parish of Tulla (b)

A ruined Castle stands in the Townland of Teredagh, proper Tir-Riada.
Another ruined castle stands in the Townland of Foarmarle.
Another ruined castle stands in the Townland of Milltown (proper Moilinstown).
Another ruined castle called Lis-Aodha-Finn, i.e., the Fort of Hugh the Fair, stands in the Townland of Lisafin. This and the Castle of Milltown remain in good external preservation. In the list of castles preserved in MS. T.C.D., Class E, 214 we find the following, including these mentioned above as situated in this Parish:-

1  Tulla inhabited by (belonging to) Donell Reagh.
2  Fertan and      “            “    Donogh and Rory Macnamara.
3  Garougharogh      “            “        “               “                “      
4  Lisafin      “            “    Rory Mac Mahoun.
5  Lismeighan      “            “        “               “         
6  Fomarla and      “            “    Tirelagh O’Brien.
7  Tireadagh      “            “        “               “      

The following places mentioned in Hardiman’s Irish Deeds are situated in this Parish, viz:-

  1. Baile-Ui-Mhaoilin (now Milltown). There are seven Giants’ Graves on this (in Milltown) Townland, one of them near Green’s house in perfect preservation, of an irregular square form, serving as a pig-sty with a rick of turf built over it at present. Another, a little to the northeast in a field a little north of the road from Tulla to Ballyslattry, has the form of an ordinary grave (coffin) measuring nineteen feet six inches in length and four feet five inches in breadth at the foot and six feet four inches in breadth at the head, the thickness of the stones all round being included in the measurement. This was enclosed by a number of large stones, placed at a few feet distance and following the form of the grave. The grave on Sliabh Gearr near Glen Cullen in the Co. Dublin, is of the same form with this as are some more in the eastern Parishes of Clare.

    These long coffin-like graves can hardly be supposed to belong to the same people or period of time as the square, chest like and sometimes irregularly formed monuments to be met with in several places, such as may be seen in several parts of the Barony of Burren; near Conon’s (?) grave near Mount Callan, at Cabinteely; Kilternan; Phoenix-Park, etc., in the Co. Dublin and innumerable other places.

    An examination of the contents of these various kinds of graves would be well worth the attention of the antiquary, to know if the mode of sepulture be the same in all. The other graves in this Townland demand no particular description.

  2. Baile-Ui-Shlatra (now New Grove).
  3. Feartan-Beg.
  4. Baile-Ui-Brain.
  5. Lios Miodhachain.
  6. Gleann Drith.

The above are all mentioned in Deed No. 15, which recites the Rental of Mac Namara.

Baile-Ui-Shlatra (Newgrove) is mentioned also in Deed No. 18, which is a deed of agreement between the Macnamaras and the Slatterys regarding the said lands, bearing date Anno 1493.

The following reference to Tulla is from Archdall’s Monasticon:-

Inquisition 27th Oct. 2, K. James finds that Macknymarrowe formerly of Dangine in this County, gent., granted a quarter of land called Caherucottine in said County to the Church of Tulloenynaspill in said County, to support the Priest to say Mass and to administer Holy things therein. The said grant having been made -contrary to the Statute of Mortmain, was forfeited to the King and was of the annual value of 3d. English money, without reprises. - (Rot. Canc.).

Tulla is mentioned in the Wars of Turlogh Ord. Survey Copy, page 585, where it is written Tulach-na-n-Easbog or the Tulach of the Bishops, but this I take to be an error in the transcript from which the Ordnance Survey Copy is made.