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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839

Parish of Kilkeedy (a)

The next Parish which I visited is Kilkeedy, and though I have not the Barony of Burren yet finished, still I shall take the Parishes in the order in which I visited them. The Parish of Kilkeedy is bounded on the west by the Parish of Carron in the Barony of Burren, and by that of Killineeboy in the Barony of Inchiquin; on the northeast by the Co. of Galway and on the south by the Parishes of Dysart-Tola and Inchacronan.

The name of this Parish is written Cill Chaeíde by the Four Masters, and Colgan understands it to mean Cill Chaoidhe, i.e., the Church of St. Keedy or Kedda or Ketta, of whom however, he has not been able to collect anything satisfactory. Nothing is remembered about him in his own Parish but that he lived at a very early age and that his festival was annually celebrated at his Church on the 3rd day of March, which is called Lá Fheil’ Caoidhe. Is there any Saint of his name or like his name mentioned in the Irish Calendars or by Colgan under this day? Perhaps Colgan gives a life of him? I have at present only a mere reference to his Church at Cill Chaoide.

The present Church of Kilkeedy is by no means to be considered the primitive one, but one erected on its site about five centuries since. It consists of two parts, a Church of considerable size, and a small Chapel erected against it on the north side. The larger part of this Church extends east and west and measures about sixty feet in length and twenty in breadth. The west gable is level with the ground, but the east gable and side walls are in tolerable preservation. The east gable contains a gothic window of considerable size and neatness and the south wall a round-headed but decidedly modern one about three feet five inches in height on the outside and about four inches wide. There is a Holy Water Font placed on the middle of the floor of this Church, but this is not its original position.

The small Chapel attached to this Church is perhaps two centuries more modern than the larger part. It is nineteen feet by sixteen, and contains several windows which are not sufficiently interesting to be minutely described. It had obviously a loft as appears from the position of the windows and stones jutting from the walls for the support of joists. A stone inserted in the north wall of it exhibits this inscription, from which we learn that it was built by the family of O’Maolai : “17. I. H. S. - 06. This tumbe is made by Fa. Con Mullan, for him and his family in his ancestors’ Chaple, to whom, God be merciful.” On a more modern tomb near it the name is spelled Mylan.