Nuachabháil or Nua Chongbhail
Ruins of the medieval church at Noughaval
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The name of the parish means "new acquisition" or "new settlement".
The land is mostly rocky limestone pasture, with little land suitable for cultivation. It slopes up to an altitude of 635 feet (194 m) in the north of the parish. Lough Aleenaun lies in the east.
Parts of the church may date to the early medieval period, and it may have been the site of a monastic settlement. This is indicated by the remains of outbuildings and the shape of some field walls. The nave shows early medieval masonry.:142
The parish contains several souterrains built of limestone flags, either hiding places or storage rooms. There are many cahers, or stone forts, now ruined. The parish has several cromlechs. There is an exceptionally large cromlech at Ballyganner. The table stone is almost 40 by 10 feet (12.2 by 3.0 m) in dimensions, supported by upright flagstones and rising about 6 feet (1.8 m) above the ground.
There are three ringforts in the parish, which in the 19th century were held to have been built by "the Danes". The ruins of the old church stand on the glebe in Noughaval. There are ruined castles at Banroe, Ballymurphy and Ballyganner. These were the property of the O’Loghlen family in 1580.
The medieval church was built and rebuilt from the 12th to the 14th centuries. A later memorial chapel of the O'Davoran family nearby was built (or, according to Thomas Johnson Westropp, repaired) in 1725 by James Davoren.:37:143
Townlands are Ballyganner North, Ballyganner South, Ballymahony, Ballymurphy, Cragnarooan, Deerpark, Kiltaan, Kiltennan North, Kiltennan South, Knockavoarheen, Lismoher, Noughaval, Rusheen and Sheshymore.
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