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|Ring-Forts in the Barony of Moyarta, Co.
Clare, and Their Legends
by Thomas Johnson Westropp
1. It and the “Metrical Life” were published by Colgan in Acta Sanctorum, under March 8th.
2. The transitional name of Moylacha is found in a lease of Turlough Roe Mac Mahon to Shane son of Teige O’Gillinane (John son of Teige O’Gilla-Sanain of Keltiling in Clonderlaw), July 19th, 1611, Proc. R.I.A. (1856-61), p. 17. Of the later coarbs, or lay successors of St. Senan, we find, July 9th, 1593, Moriertagh Cam, Comharba of Sheanan, arbitrator concerning Gabhair (Gower), near Kilrush. He finds that the Earl has rent on three quarters, and the Bishop (of Killaloe) rent on one (Hardiman Deeds).
3. Hardiman Deeds, Trans. R.I.A., vol. xv.
4. “Two Months at Kilkee” (1835), p. 40.
5. MSS. Royal Irish Academy, 12. K. 27, “Supplement,” vol. i., p. 7.
6. Journal, vol. xxvii., pp. 122-126.
7. “Irish Names of Places,” Ser. II., chap. i. See plan, p. 124, infra.
8. Pronounced Doo-nah-ha, the last syllable very short, and stress on the penultimate.
9. Grant by Patent to Daniel O’Brien.
13. We find Ceallach Mac Curtin, ollave of Thomond, who died 1366; Giolladubh, also famous as a harper, who died 1404; Seanchan, historian, poet, and musician, 1435; Gennan, ollave elect, “the best making of a historian in all Leth Mogha” (south Ireland), drowned in 1436. The series continues down to Andrew and Hugh in 1750.
14. Andrew Curtin, or MacCurtin, was born at Maghglas in Kilmurry Ibrickan, and buried at Kilfarboy. He is well known as an Irish scholar and copyist of early manuscripts. He usually resided near Kilshanny, and taught English, Latin, and Irish, hating the first, and expressing his views in the poem, “Sweet is the Irish tongue.” He was patronized by the O’Briens of Ennistymon, and the MacDonnells of Kilkee. Hugh MacCurtin, his cousin, was born near Kilmacreehy, and buried in its venerable church (see Journal of Limerick Field Club, vol. iii., p. 209). He wrote a defence of Irish antiquities (quarto, Dublin, 1717), and an Irish Dictionary (Paris, 1728), and was the last actual “ollamh.”
15. Rev. Canon Dwyer, “Diocese of Killaloe,” p. 537.
16. See MSS. R.I.A., 23 C. 30, and the preface by Professor Brian O’Looney to the “Poems on the MacDonnells.” (O’Daly, Dublin, 1863.)
17. To the east, north of the stream, the little plot beside this bridge contained the house where Eugene O’Curry was born.
18. So also in some forts in county Kerry.
19. Dind Seanchas (ed. W. Stokes), Revue Celtique (1894), p. 427 Section 72. The name Brechmag occurs in the same work, Section 34, as in Leinster. The “red wolves” overtook their victim at Ath na Miana, near Maigen, and they carried his head to Berre (Beare) in Cork, in revenge for Curoi MacDaire.
20. We find Kaherekamon, 1585; Cahircomaine, in Tullycomaine, 1655; Carahscribnib, in Lemaneagh, and “Carah-Skribnib,” 1551; Caher Idula, 1624; Caherwooly, 1641, Caherigoola, 1675, Cahiradoula or Caheridoula, 1655; Cahirnegotten or Cahergotten, 1610, at Noughaval (still Cahercuttine). We may also add Carroghflaherty, in Caherminane, 1585 (now Caherlahertagh); Caherneniorane in Ballymacrogan, 1655 (now Cahernanooran, not named on new maps); Caheravory, 1666 (still Caheraforia); and others.