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

Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 8. Ui Cormaic; Ui Donghaile

Ui Cormaic

Killone Parish

St. John the Baptist is the patron of this parish. The church is in good preservation, and stands on the brink of a picturesque lake. It was founded about the year 1190, by Donald O’Brien, King of Limerick, for nuns of the rule of St. Augustine, and dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Slaney, daughter of Donoch Carbreach, King of Thomond, was abbess of this nunnery, and died A.D. 1260. [14] Adjacent to the abbey is a holy well greatly resorted to on the eve of the festival of St. John by persons making their devotions. By an Inquisition taken on the 15th May, 1605, it was found that on the 1st of July, in the thirty-fifth year of the reign of King Henry VIII., that monarch granted to Murrogh, Earl of Thomond, this abbey and three quarters (townlands) and half a quarter, with all the tithes of the parish of Killone and Kilnekelly; two parts of the tithes of Ennis and Clonroad, containing four quarters of land; two parts of the tithes between Bothes Clares; [15] two parts of the tithes in the parish of Clondagad and Rectory of Kilfiddane; two parts of the tithes of Kilmihill and Kilrush; two parts of the tithes of Mourghy (Kilmurry), and the Rectory thereof, containing four quarters of land; two parts of the tithes of Rathkerry; and two parts of the tithes of two quarters of land near the noulet (?) of Owne O’Garna, in Ballysheen (near Sixmilebridge). [16] In the college list of castles that of Killone, is set down as belonging in 1580 to the Baron of Inchiquin. No vestige of it now remains.