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Civil parish
Castlefergus or Ballyhannon Castle
Castlefergus or Ballyhannon Castle
Doora is located in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°49′56″N 8°55′09″W / 52.832331°N 8.919067°W / 52.832331; -8.919067Coordinates: 52°49′56″N 8°55′09″W / 52.832331°N 8.919067°W / 52.832331; -8.919067
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Clare
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Doora (Irish: Dúire[1]) is a civil parish in County Clare, Ireland, just to the east of the town of Ennis. It is part of the Catholic parish of Doora Barefield.


In Irish the word Dúr means "water", and Dúire means "of water", so the name means the parish of the water or bog.[2]


The parish is on the western border of the barony of Bunratty Upper, just east of the town of Ennis. It is 3.75 by 3 miles (6.04 by 4.83 km) and covers 5,927 acres (2,399 ha). The land includes bog, upland pasture and farmland. It is drained by the River Quin, which runs southwest into the River Fergus. The population in 1841 was 2,365 in 370 houses.[3]


The history of Saint Breccan of Arran says he founded a church in Daclais that is named after him. The townland of Kilbreckan holds the ruined church of Carrantemple, a very old building, which may be this church. Two holy wells in the parish are dedicated to Saint Breccan.[2] There is also a ruined church named Kellavella. The parish has the remains of two castles. Ballyhannon Castle was the property of William Neylan in 1580. Renamed Castlefergus, it was still well preserved in 1893.[4] The castle has since been restored and may be rented.[5] The other castle, Clonmore, was completely ruined by the end of the 19th century.[4]


The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club, St Josephs Doora-Barefield GAA, has its grounds in the parish with three playing pitches in the Gurteen townland (52°50′32″N 8°54′23″W / 52.842086°N 8.906281°W / 52.842086; -8.906281).[6]

Catholic parish[edit]

In 1837 the parish was united in the Catholic church with the parish of Kilraghtis.[7] Doora today is in the Catholic parish of Doora and Kilraghtis, also called Doora Barefield, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.[8] The parish also covers Barefield in Templemaley and part of Ennis. The church of St Breckan's is in Doora civil parish.[9] Doora National School is run by the Doora-Barefield parish.[10]


The parish contains the townlands of Ardsollus, Ballaghboy, Ballyglass, Ballyortla (North), Ballyortla (South), Ballyvonnavaun, Bunnow, Castlefergus, Castletown, Cloonawee, Cloonmore, Corebeg, Creggaun, Deerpark, Dooneen, Drim, Drumdoolaghty, Finanagh, Gaurus, Gortataggart, Gorteen, Kilbreckan, Kilfeilim, Killawinna, Knockanean, Knockaskibbole, Knockhogan, Monanoe, Moyriesk and Noughaval.[11]

The townlands of Castlefergus and Ardsollus are isolated from the rest of the parish, a small distance to the south.[11] The town of Ennis includes the townlands of Ballaghboy, Bunnow, Gaurus, and Knockanean. Ennis also covers parts of the parishes of Drumcliff, Kilraghtis and Templemaley.[12]