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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Part II. History of Thomond
Chapter 12. History of Thomond before it was formed into an English county: From the earliest times, to the death of De Clare, and expulsion of the English in 1318.

Donogh Cairbreach O’Brien does homage to King John

Of Murtagh Dall’s story nothing has come down to us except what is told by Bishop O’Brien in his pedigree of the family published in the Collactanea de Rebus Hibernicis of Vallency. There it is stated, that shortly after his accession to the Sovereignty of Thomond, he was taken prisoner by the English and deprived of sight. His brother, Conor Roe, was inaugurated king in succession, but his tenure of power was not long, inasmuch as he was dethroned in 1198, and deprived of life by his nephew in 1201. Another of the brothers, Murtagh Finn, struggled for the possession of the Government, but the third son of Donald was the one who finally succeeded in establishing his right to the throne of his father. His name was Donogh Cairbreach, so called from the place of his education, Cairbreach Aova, now Kenry, in the county of Limerick. With a determination to render himself supreme over his brother he allied himself with the English. Having done homage to King John at Waterford, he purchased from that monarch, the lands of Carrigoguinniol, in the county of Limerick, together with its lordship, for himself and his heirs for ever at the yearly rent of sixty marks. The Kingdom of Thomond was at the same time granted to him, and his other brothers, who might claim any title to it, were declared usurpers and enemies of John, as supreme Lord of Ireland. In requital of his baseness in recognising the power of the English enemy, Donogh was soon afterwards, deprived by them, of the city of Limerick, with its surrounding country, and he was compelled to remove his residence to Clonroad, near Ennis. Donogh Cairbreach is the direct ancestor of the succeeding Kings and Earls of Thomond, of the titled families of Inchiquin, and of the Viscounts Clare. [31] In the course of his reign, it is mentioned that, in 1223, the son of Gilla-na-naev O’Shaughnessy was slain by the MacNamaras, of Clan Cullein, presumably in the church of Cill mac Duach, because the Four Masters say, that “the Bachalmore (crozier), of St. Colman Mac Duach was profaned.” [32]