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    As to names of forts with personal compounds in Co. Clare much of interest could be written. Leaving out the mythic Fearbolg Irgus, whose name is connected with Caherdooneerish, at the beginning of our era we have Lismacain near Magh Adhair, named from Macan, slain in the raid of king Flann to the latter place in 877.
    Grianan Lachtna, near Killaloe, is most probably called after the early chief Lachtna (whose "camp" was on the slope of Cragliath above the Borhaime Ford at the raid of king Felimidh of Cashel, about 840) rather than from the later king, uncle of king Brian.

    Thomas J Westropp, 1915
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    Detail from the Tanner map of Ireland, 1836.
    Above: detail from the Tanner map of Ireland, 1836.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

    Left: detail from satellite photo (click for larger version).

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©