Cill Mhic Creiche
The ruined church of Kilmacreehy
Kilmacrehy is part of the historical barony of Corcomroe. It is about 4 miles (6.4 km) to the west of Ennistymon. It is on the north shore of Liscannor Bay on the western coast of Clare. A basaltic promontory called Hag's Head extends into the sea in the extreme west of the parish. From this point the cliffs running to the northeast gradually rise to Moher,[a] where they are about 600 feet (180 m) above sea level. The parish once had the alias of Quoranna, meaning "the distinct projection", an allusion to the imposing cliffs.
An 1837 account says that the parish contained 5,492 acres (2,223 ha), as applotted under the tithe act, including pasture and arable land fertilized with seaweed. An 1845 account gives the parish a total area of 7,403 acres (2,996 ha), and dimensions of about 3.75 by 3.5 miles (6.04 by 5.63 km).
The parish includes the townlands of Ardnacraa, Ardnahea, Ballycotteen North, Ballycotteen South, Ballyea, Ballyheean, Ballyherragh, Ballylaan, Ballymaclinaun, Ballynalackan, Ballysteen, Ballyvorda, Ballyvrislaun, Beaghy, Caherbarnagh, Caherycahill, Cloghaundine, Derreen, Dough, Kilconnell, Kineilty, Laghcloon, Laghvally, Liscannor, Lislorkan North, Lislorkan South, Rannagh, Shingaunagh North, Shingaunagh South, Slievenageeragh and Teeraghbeg.
The parish is named after Saint Mac Creiche, who founded several churches in what is now County Clare. The parish church of Kilmacrehy is the only one that bears his name. There is a place on the strand called MacCreiche's bed, and about 200 metres (660 ft) to the northwest is MacCreiche's well.
The ruins of the old church include several fine specimens of arches and moldings in its walls. The parish holds two ruined castles, Dough and Liscannor. Dough castle was the main seat of O'Connor, Lord of Corcomroe.
From 1779 the Church of Ireland vicarage of Kilmacrehy was part of the archdeaconry of Kilfenora, which also included the vicarages of Kilmanaheen, Kilaspughenane, Killeilagh and Kilmoon, and after 1785 included the rectories of Carrune and Killeilagh. The archdeaconry was in the Diocese of Kilfenora, and the province of Cashel.
- The cliffs of Moher are named after Moher ui Ruaidhin (O'Ruaidhin's fort), an old stone fort that stood near Hag's head. The fort was pulled down at the start of the 19th century and its stones used to build a telegraph tower.
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