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Killinaboy Parish

1896, Vol. III (2).
From Doctor George U. Macnamara, Corofin, Co. Clare.

Church of Coad.
It is not exactly known when this church was built. It is a solid well-built structure, with late Gothic doorways, and windows. It is almost certain that it was built by one of that branch of the O’Briens who lived at Inchiquin Castle, viz., the Earls of Inchiquin, afterwards Earls, and subsequently Marquises of Thomond, now extinct.
In the year 1735 Thomas MacGorman, who lived in or near the Castle of Inchiquin, built a small mortuary chapel against the eastern gable of the church. It was richly ornamented with cut stones, a few of which and some of the foundations only now remaining, and measured on the outside 17½ feet from east to west by 17 feet from north to south. At present it is almost impossible to make out these foundations. This Thomas MacGorman was a lineal descendant of Daire Bairache, King of Hy Bairche in the 2nd century, who had a son and a daughter. From the son Mahon are descended the O’Gormans of Kilrush, lately represented by Nicholas Smith O’Gorman, High Sheriff of Clare, 1878. From the daughter Mary are descended the Macnamaras of Corofin, who now used the site of the little chapel as a burying-place. Thomas MacGorman (whose descendants changed their name to O’Gorman) came from Caher Moraghue in West Clare, and settled down in Inchiquin some time before he built the mortuary chapel. He was married first to Alicia O’Dempsey, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Terence O’Dempsey, brother of Maximilian, 3rd and last Lord of Clanmalier. By this wife he had an only son and daughter, as above stated. His 2nd wife was Judith, daughter of Captain William Wolverton of Co. Westmeath, and his 3rd wife was Mary Mac Geoghegan, of Donore, in the same County. As far as is known, he had no family by either his 2nd or last wife.

The two oldest graves in Coad are the Power and O’Brien graves. The latter was erected to the two daughters of Conor O’Brien of Leimaneagh, and his wife Maurian Roe. (See inscription, below.) The Power tombstone was erected to the memory of Ellinor Creagh, who died 22nd April 1673, daughter of John Creagh Fitzwilliam, Alderman of Limerick, and wife of Dominick Power of Corofin. He was the first of this family who settled at Corofin. Both these graves are immediately under the east window, inside the church, and side by side.

Outside church, under south wall, to right hand as you enter church door:—

“This Flag was Erect | ed by GEORGE CASEY | senr. for him and | Posterity |
May 16th AD 1803.”

East of preceding is a rough flag, the name “IOHN OHAWE” on top, at left-hand corner.

The Church of Coad is 52 feet 6 inches long inside, and 22 feet wide; the walls are 3 feet in thickness. There is a doorway 3 feet 9 inches wide, in the S. wall, and one window with an internal splay of 4 feet 1 inch. The east window has (a double light) is 5 feet 2 inches wide. The height of the walls is not given.—[ED.]

Inscriptions on Tombs in Old Church and Churchyard of Coad:
Inside the church, under east window, on site of altar, are the two following tombs side by side, the O’Brien tomb being to the south.
In raised Roman letters:—


Mary, wife of Conor O’Brien, is the amazonian “Maureen Rhue,” equally notorious in tradition and the depositions of the plundered English settlers; her portrait remains at Ennistymon, in possession of H. V. Macnamara, Esq.
The date is hard to be read, and may possibly be 1681.
They were sisters of Sir Donough O’Brien of Liemaneagh, on whom was conferred the Baronetey, and daughters of Conor O’Brien of Leimaneagh and Maurice Roe McMahon. I have heard it said that their remains were transferred to Kilnasoola when the new tomb was made in that church.

Immediately north of preceding tomb:—


The above Dominick Power got, by deed dated 23rd of May, 1684 (a copy of which is still extant), the right to erect this tomb from Moragh, 1st Earl of Inchiquin.

In a small enclosure outside the east window lies a tablet—Arms, a horse; Crest, a hand and arm vambraced and holding a spear:—

“THOMAS MACCOLMAN | de Cahir Morugane | Hane eapellam sibi, et | suis | posteriis fieri fecit | Anno Domini 1735.”

Another slab, inside the church, has a plain Latin cross, the three arms ending in rings.

Outside the church, under south wall, in raised Roman letters:—

“This stone was | made for Tige | Connellan. Lyeth | under Dermott | Connellan that | Dyed the 22 of | January 1711.”

Outside church, south of preceding:—

“This last tribute of affection | has been consecrated by | John Howley to the | memory of his beloved | child who departed this | life the 22nd September | 1828 aged 2y. & 6 months.”

Outside church, south of preceding:—

“Pray for the soul of | Andrew Houlley | who died in March | 1786 aged 84 years.”

Outside church, west of south door:—

“Erected by JAMES FLYN in memory of his father PATK. FLYN who died APRIL ye 30th 1786, aged 55 years.”

Outside south wall of church, east of door:—

“Erected by DARBY CARKILL in memory of his son who died March 1785.”

Outside west gable of church:—

“This Flag was erected | by PATK. FITZGERALD | in memory of his wife | MARY FITZGERALD | als. DAVOREN who | Deped. this life August. | 28th 1802 aged 48 | yrs.
For him and posterity.”

West of preceding:—

“Erected | by Mr. PATRICK SPELLISSY in | affectionate memory of his | mother Mrs. MARY SPELLISSY alias | MURPHY, the wife of Mr. JAMES | SPELLISSY of Lisdooney and Corofin. She died in the year | of our Lord 1832 aged 45 years. | May she rest in peace Amen.”

This Mrs. Spellissy was sister of the celebrated Rev. John Murphy, P.P., of Corofin, who took such an important part in the return of Daniel O’Connell as M.P. for Clare.

Inside church, near S.W. angle:—

“Here lyes the Body of | DANIEL (sic) FITZPATRICK who | Departed this life Mar | ch 1781, aged 60 yrs. | Erected by JOHN | FITZPATRICK for him and | Family.”

Inside church, near north wall:—

“This tombstone | was erected by JOHN | O’BRIEN.”

In centre of church:—

“Erected | by Mr. PATRICK SPELLISSY to the | memory of his stepmother ALICIA | SPELLISSY alias HEYNES the wife of | Mr. JAMES SPELLISSY of Corofin | she departed this life in the year | of our Lord 1825 aged 42 yrs. and | also to the memory of her son | MICHAEL SPELLISSY who died in | the year 1853 aged 36 yrs.
Requisecat in pace. Amen.” (Sic.)

South of preceding tomb:—

“Pray for the soul of | EDMUND POWER who | departed this life 15th | Septr. Anno Domini 1781. | Erected by his son | JAMES POWER.”

“Per Crucem ad Coronem.”
The above inscription is nearly worn away, and in a very short time cannot be read.

Inside church, opposite door:—

“Erected by MICH | AEL O’LOGHLEN in me | mory of his Father | PATRICK O’LOGHLEN | who died December | 1795 aged 78.”

Outside east gable of church, just south of foundations of McGorman Chapel, is the Owen tomb, with the following inscription, coat-of-arms, and motto:—

“This tomb is erected | A.D. 1831 | By WILLIAM OWEN to | the memory of his fa | ther WILLIAM OWEN who | died March 15th 1776 | and of his brother | FRANCIS OWEN who died | Augst 12th 1824 | WILLIAM OWEN died aged | 86 January the 27th and | MARGARET his wife aged | 63 died June 8th 1833 | also their son PETER OWEN | Inchiquin Cottage | died 24th May 1858 aged 48 years.”

South of preceding:—

“This Flag was | erected by CAPTAIN MORT M‘MAHON in | affectionate memory of his brothers | ANDREW M‘MAHON | Esqr. who departed | this life November | the 3rd 1797 | aged 36yrs. | HUGH M‘MAHON Esqre. | who departed this | life December 16th | 1804 aged 31 yrs.”

East of preceding:—

“This Flag was erected by | CAPTAIN MORT M‘MAHON | in affectionate memory | of his Brother DONAT M‘ | MAHON Esqr., who Departed | this life December 24th | 1816 aged 34 years.”


North of preceding:—

“This Flag was erected by | CAPTAIN MORT M‘MAHON in | affectionate memory of his | Father TERENCE M‘MAHON Esqr. | of Dromore who departed this | life the 16th of November 1796 aged 58 years. | And of his brother TIM M‘ | MAHON Esq. who departed this | life the 5th of May 1804 aged 27 yrs.”

South of McMahon tombs is a stone with the following inscription:—
Crest and Motto—“Virtute et Valore.”

“Underneath are the | Remains of the Revd. | MICHAEL DAVOREN Clerk | REBECCA his wife and JANE | Their Daughter, in affectionate | remembrance of whom this | Tomb is erected by the junior Branches of their | Family, 1st May | 1822.”

South of preceding:—
Same Crest and Motto.

“The last Tribute of respect to | the Memory of Mrs. ANNE | LUKEY DAVOREN who left this | world deeply regretted and | justly esteemed for every good | quality that could render life | valuable, in affectionate | recollection of whom this Tomb | is inscribed by her afflicted | Husband BASIL DAVOREN | Attorney, 28th February | 1822.”

Under east window, outside the church, inside foundations of McGorman Chapel:—

“Here Lyes ye Body | of MARGERY WOLVERSTON Dyed | In [probably for June] 1733.”
Margery Wolverton was probably daughter of a captain William Wolverston (or Wolverton), whose wife, Marcella McGeoghegan, of Donore, Co. Westmeath, was aunt of the first wife of Thomas McGorman, who built, in the year 1735, the small chapel once existing at the east end of the church. There are, except the mere foundations, only two carved stones remaining of this chapel, a sketch of the larger one, drawn by Mr. Thos. J. Westropp, M.R.I.A., I here append. Caher Moragha [Cahermurphy] is in West Clare.

MCGORMAN (a sept derived from Cathair Mor, King of Leinster, who inhabited the territory of Hy Bairche in the Queen’s County and County Carlow, from which they were driven after the invasion of 1172, and settled under the O’Briens in the Barony of Ibrickan, in Thomond; they derived their surname from Gormain, Chief of the Sept).
Arms—Azure, a lion pass. betw. three swords erect ar.
Crest—An arm embowed in armour grasping in the hand a sword, blade wavy, all ppr.
Mottoes—“ Tosach catha agus demeadh am,” and “Primi et ultimi in bello.”

East of preceding, but a little to the north, inside the foundations of the McGorman Chapel, is a tomb with the following inscription:—

“Erected by | JOHN MACNAMARA | of Corofin, Grandson of MICHAEL MACNAMARA of Dereveth [recte Derryvet] and | Ballymarkhahan who | was interred in the | Abbey of Qinn Anno | Domini 1722.”


The grandfather of this John Macnamara was, as above stated, Michael Macnamara of Dereveth (recte Derryvet) and Ballymarkahan, but it was his great-grandfather, another Michael, who was interred in the Abbey of Quin, as can be proved both by family tradition and the inscription on his grave near the high altar in that church, which is as follows:—

“. . . . . . M‘NAMARA of Ballymarka. . . . . . who died Decembr. ye 22d Ano. Do. 1722 may he rest in pace, amen. Erectd. by his son MICHAEL Ano. Dom. 1750.”

This latter Michael was grandfather of the John Macnamara whose inscription is given above. The tomb in Quin Abbey was barbarously mutilated some years ago to make room for the hideous vault built for Rev. Dr. M‘Mahon, but quite enough of the inscription remains to identify it. The stonecutter made several blunders in the spelling, but English schoolmasters were scarce in Thomond in those days, Irish being still the language of the country.

East of the tomb of John Macnamara, but outside the foundations of the MacGorman Chapel, is a very curious tombstone.
The inscription on this Foster tomb is as follows, and is now nearly illegible:—

“Remember mortal who this Flag may see,
As I am now you shall hereafter be
Since Eve’s Sons must nature’s Tribute pay,
Soon or late must come this way.
Let true Compassion thy Kind mind dispose,
To pray for my immortal parts Repose.”

“This tombstone was | erected By Mr. PATRICK FOSTER | of Bankill for the use of his Father and himself and | Posterity. Use of his Father | PATRICK FOSTER who died | January the 25th 1758 age | year 73.”

The Heraldry in above tombstone is very bad.
The correct crest is a stag’s head erased holding an arrow point in base, in its mouth.
[Drawing given below]

To the south of the preceding is another Foster tomb. The Robert Foster mentioned in it was another son of the above Patrick Foster who died in 1758. The inscription is as follows:—
“Here lies the Body of | ROBERT FOSTER of Kells | Esqr. who died April 9th | 1786, & his Wife ELLENOR | FOSTER als O’BRIEN & their daughter ELENOR DAVO | REN als FOSTER, and MARGARET | M‘GRATH als. FOSTER, and their son FRANCIS FOSTER of Rinrow | who died April 16th 1813 Agd | 72 yrs. Erected by his son | JOHN FOSTER of Rinrow for | them & Posterity | May 30th 1831.”

North of the Macnamara tomb is the following:—

“Sacred to the memory of HENRY O’FLANAGAN M.D. who was | born January 1831 and died Oct. | 7th 1865 of Fever caught in the discharge | of his duties at the Cragenock | Dispensary. In him was sown the | seeds of a good Physician. But death | has reaped the Fruit. Also his | sister MARY who died March 28th | 1856 aged 22 years. This tomb was | erected by their bereaved mother | CATHERINE O’FLANAGAN. May they | rest in peace.”

1897, Vol. III (3)
Contributed by Thomas J. Westropp Esq.

Coad Church
DAVOREN— 1822. Arms—A lion passant, 2 crescents in chief. MoTto—VIRTUTE ET VALORE. (See O’DAVOREN [below].)
FOSTER— 1761. PATRICK, of Baunkyle. Arms—3 stags’ heads (impaling a stag salient).
FOSTER— 1786. ROBERT, of Kells. Crest—A stag trippant.
MACGORMAN— 1735. THOMAS, of Cahirmoroghu (Cahermurphy). Arms—A horse bridled and saddled, below are 3 fishes naiant. Crest—A hand and arm vambraced holding a spear. Motto—PROBATA EST OPTIMA VIRTUS.

Coad Graveyard
O’DAVOREN—1822. Here inserted as a record of the Arms of a noteworthy old family, of which I could find no old example Armorial bearings of Rev. MICHAEL DAVOREN.

Kilnaboy Church
O’NELLANE—, 1645. DERMOT. Arms concealed by an incrustation.

Lemeneagh Gate
O’BRIEN— 1641. CONOR O’BRIEN, parish of Kilnaboy, Co. Clare. The shields are those of Capt. CONOR O’BRIEN, of Lemenagh, husband of the traditionally famous “Maureen Rhue,” and of Sir DONOUGH O’BRIEN, Bart., son of the last. Fully quartered. Arms—1 and 4, three lions passant in pale; 2, three piles; 3, a pheon. Crest—Hand, arm, and dagger. Sir DONAT, 1684. Arms—Three lions passant in pale.

Coad Church
From Doctor G. N. Macnamara.

The accompanying Plate represents the western part of the Foster of Bankyle Tomb in the graveyard of the Church of Coad, parish of Kilnaboy. See [above] for the inscription, &c., which is now barely legible.

1905, Vol. VI (2)
From F. Weldon Walche, 1892.

Kilnaboy Churchyard.
The following epitaph is to be found in this churchyard:—

Under these carved and marbled Stones
Lies Terry O’Flanagan, body and bones.
Erected by his sorrowing Widow Anne O’Flannagan

1906, Vol. VI (3)

Western part of The Foster of Bankyle Tomb, Coad
Western part of The Foster of
Bankyle Tomb, Coad

Kilnaboy Church Ruins.
From T. J. Westropp, M.A.

There are only four monuments in this church worthy of notice.

I. At the south-east corner is a large mural tablet; overhead a shield and mantling, much defaced by lime incrustations; underneath, in raised capitals:—


While on the tablet appears:—


II. Between the south windows is a rudely elaborate round-headed tablet displaying the Crucifixion, with I.H.S. and the Sacred Heart to the left, and 1644 to the right; beneath, in raised capitals:—


* This inscription appears, inaccurately given, on p. 230, Vol. VI. of The Journal.

III. A slab in the south-west corner:—


IV. A table-tomb, with two arched recesses, near the north window:—


The name Kilnaboy is a corrupt form of the Irish Cill-inghen-Baoith, meaning “the church of the daughter of Bœthius.” The patron-saint’s day was kept on the 29th of December; and her well, close by, is resorted to for the cure of sore eyes.

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