In ancient times the Maigue was central to the territories of the O'Donovans and their predecessors in Uí Chairpre Áebda (Cairbre Eva). The majority of its towns and villages were once the sites of fortresses. Later these territories were occupied by the FitzGerald dynasty.
The Loobagh (Irish: An Lúbach, meaning "The Twisted One") is a river with healthy Trout and Salmon populations. It rises in the hills south of Kilfinane and flows through Kilmallock. It joins the Maigue south of Bruree.
^A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press. Strictly speaking, the Irish term an mháigh means simply, "the plain". In this case, "river of" is an implied auxiliary meaning.