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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839
Parish of Killard (a)
The Parish of Killard, in the south west extremity of the Barony of Ibricken and Co. of Clare, is bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by Kilrush, south west by Kilfeeragh, east by Kilmacdooan and north east by Kilmurry Parish. See Name Book.
The name of this Parish is of ecclesiastical origin and means nothing more than the Church on the Height (Cill-Árd). We have met with no historical reference to this place unless the following from the Irish Calendar may have reference to it: “Flann Chille Áird (Flann of Killard) 14th March.“
They have no Patron Saint in this Parish, but there is a Holy Well near the Church called Tobar-Chruthnoir-an-Domhain, i.e., the Well of the Creator of the World. This Well is still much frequented by persons afflicted with soreness of the eyes.
The ruined old Church of Killard stands in Killard Townland to which
it gave name, measuring sixty three feet in length and fourteen feet
four inches in
breadth, both gables remaining to the full height and of the north wall five
attached to the west gable and thirty four feet to the east gable, and of
the south twelve feet remains joined to the west gable and twenty
one feet to the
east gable. There is a quadrangular topped belfry in good preservation on
the west gable and a quadrangular window underneath at the height
of eight feet
from the ground, measuring four feet in height and two and a half feet in
breadth on the inside, two feet eight inches high and eight inches
wide on the outside.
There is a broken window in the south side eight feet from the west end.
There is another quadrangular window in the same side within four
feet four inches
of the east gable, measuring three feet in height and two feet eleven inches
in breadth on the inside, two feet five inches high, four inches wide at
top and five at bottom on the outside. There is a window in the east
five feet in height and two and a half feet in breadth on the inside, where
is built up with brown grit cut stone as far as the springing of the arch,
which is a rectilineally pointed one, composed of two green thin flags unlike
the stones immediately around them. On the outside it is semicircular at
top, measuring one foot nine inches in height and ten inches in breadth,
very old as does the entire of this gable and the parts of the side walls
to it, being built up of large blocks of stones irregularly placed. The side
walls are about ten feet high and two and a half thick, the west gable appearing
more modern than the other parts. There is a large and much frequented burying
ground attached to the ruin.