Baronies were created after the Norman invasion of Ireland as divisions of counties and were used the administration of justice and the raising of revenue. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they have been administratively obsolete since 1898. However, they continue to be used in land registration and in specification, such as in planning permissions. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic túath which had submitted to the Crown.
The barony of Tulla Lower lies in the southeast of County Clare. As late as 1831 Tulla Lower and Tulla Upper were one barony. Tulla Lower is bounded on the northwest and north by the barony of Tulla Upper, on the east by Lough Derg and the River Shannon, which separates it from County Tipperary and County Limerick, on the south by county Limerick and the barony of Bunratty Lower, and on the west by the baronies of Bunratty Lower and Bunratty Upper. It covers 78,381 acres (31,720 ha) of which 5,416 acres (2,192 ha) are water.
Much of the barony is moorish upland, but the lands along the Shannon and in the south are good farmland. The highest points are Glennagalliagh, in the parish of Killaloe, at 1,746 feet (532 m) and Cragnamurragh, on the border of the parishes of Killokennedy and O'Brien's Bridge, at 1,729 feet (527 m). The loughs (lakes) of Bridget, Derrynone, Kilglory, Cullaunyheeda and Castle lie on the boundary of the baronry, and the loughs of Doon, Aroher, Clonlea, and Cloonbrick are in the interior.
Parishes and settlements
The barony contains the civil parishes of Clonlea, Killaloe, Killokennedy, Killurin, Kilseily, Kiltonanlea, O'Brien's Bridge, and Ogonnelloe. The main settlements are Killaloe, O'Brien's Bridge, Kilkisshen, Kilbane, O’Callaghan’s Mills, Broadford, Cloonlara and Bridgetown.
- "Barony of Tulla or Tullagh Lower". Parliamentary Gazeteer of Ireland. 1845. Retrieved 2014-03-09.