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

Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 9. Ui Fearmaic; Gleann Omra; Ui Bracain; Ui Floinn; Ui Ronghaile

Ui Bracain

Kilfarboy Parish

Professor O’Looney, in a note under the article Kilfarboy, in Archdall’s Monasticon Hibernicum, [33] gives the history of the name and founder of this church. It is, in substance as follows: “St. Lachtain, of whom the following notice is given in O’Clery’s Calender, is commemorated on the 19th of March. [34] ‘Lachtain, son of Torben, Abbot of Achad Uir, in Ossory, and of Bealach Feabrath, A.D. 622.’ The situation of Bealach Feabrath had not been previously identified, but Professor O’Looney says that it is the name of the mountain pass leading from the place now called Miltown Malbay to the territory of Corcomroe, through that part of Ibrickan anciently known as Bealach Feabrath. St. Lachtain’s church thence got the name of Kilfeabrath or Kilfobrick, and afterwards of Kilfarboy.” A holy well, dedicated to St. Lachtain, is found in the churchyard. Stations are there regularly performed on the 19th of March. As to the tradition of the neighbourhood, that ascribes the name to the fact of certain yellow men, Spaniards of the Armada, being buried there, it is simple nonsense. It was known as Cill Feabrath centuries before the Spanish Armada existed. The old church is in a tolerable state of preservation, with an extensive graveyard surrounding it. In Moymore townland is another ruined church called Teampall-inis-Dia, i.e., the church of the Island of God, but why so designated nobody can tell. At a little distance is a holy well dedicated to Inghine Baoith of Killinaboy. Only one castle is found in the parish, that of Moymore, now very much dilapidated. It belonged in 1580 to the Baron of Ibrickan, eldest son of the Earl of Thomond.