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"The Cists, Dolmens, and Pillars in the Eastern Half of The County of Clare"
by Thomas Johnson Westropp, pp. 85-132, Proceedings of the Royal Irish
Academy, 3rd Series, viii

viewed in the Google Books section

p. 97
"Local tradition states that the Clare pillars were seven robbers who 'kept about the place in old ancient Times.' Now there was a saint (possibly
Mochulla) at Tulla who was building the church there and he was so busy he had no time to cook his food. The holy man fortunately possessed 'a holy blessed bull' and __ [used ?] to send it with bags to Ennis Abbey, where the monks used to pack a supply of cooked provisions for the church builder. Hearing of this, the robbers waylaid the faithful animal and proceeded to ravage the bags. The bull hereupon roared so loudly that he was heard at Tulla; and the saint stopped building 'and he prayed and cursed at the ones that were hurting his bull.' ... In the twinkling of an eye, the seven robbers were 'struck and turned into fearbreags' or sham-men, on the spot where they stood."

p. 91
"Ballogan in 1660-1668 was the residence of Maolin McBrody (MasBruodin) and his wife Margaret Molony, whose son, the well-known monastic historian Anthony 'Bruodenus,' was born there. It was called Gortefunchin in the 1678 Book of Survey at Edenvalle. 'Ashgrove' on the townland is probably a mistranslation of this name. We may note the adjoining townland Bearnafunshin is also called Ballyfunshan in the 1703 estate maps of the Earl of Thomond."
Note: James Frost listed this as Ballyogan alias Gurtnafinch in his 1893 book.

p. 126 - an account of how the Kennedys left Killokennedy.

p. 115, note 5, on Maryfort or Lismehan in Tulla parish:
"This cale is said to have been built by Mahon MacSjhane Maconmara
early in the fifteenth century (S.H.O'Grady's Catalogue of Irish MSS. in
the British Museum, p. 73). The modern name was given to the house about 1760 by Ralph Westropp, of Lismehan, in honor of his wife Mary Johnson, and, following (it is said) the bad example of Robert Westropp, who named Fertane as 'Fort-Anne' after his wife Anne, somewhat fifty years earlier."

p. 116 Westropp states that Lismehan refers to the O'Meehans as possibly the earlier owners.

p. 114 Westropp states that Miltown in East Clare is Baile Ui Mhaolin, which is O'Mullen's town.

p. 111
"Miltown or Ballyvollen, Tulla Parish...Miltown is separated from Kiltanon by the Affock river running from the range of caverns called the Toomines, so bombastically described by John Lloyd in 1778 [footnote:'An Impartial Tour of Clare'] ...The English name of the townland is a mistranslation as the place was O'Moylan's town and is called Baile, from the family of O'Moylan or Mullens, in the Macnamara's rental, 1390. It is called Ballyworryn (Ballyvollyn) in the Inquisition post mortem of Donat Macnamara Reagh in 1591 and Ballymoolin in the Edenvale 'Survey of Clare' about 1675."

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