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    In our saint's second Life, we are told, when St. Patrick came to preach the Faith of Christ, in that part of the country, called Hy-Fidhgente, he predicted the future birth and greatness of St. Senan. While St. Patrick brought over many from the errors of idolatry, in this part of the country, a report of his extraordinary success and great virtues circulated amongst the people of Corcobaschind, in Clare County, on the northern bank of the Shannon.
    St. Patrick, we are definitely told, never preached in the Clare portion of Thomond, and the absence of his name from the ecclesiastical legends and earlier churches bears out the statement. Even if his alleged journey with Caeilte, in the "Colloquy of the Ancients," was not absolutely mythical, it could only imply a hasty crossing from Cratloe to Lough Graney, and nothing more.
    Having provided a great number of boats, they passed over the Shannon, at a place, called Donoghmore, a parish church, in Limerick diocese... But, the Corcabaschind people, not satisfied with receiving Christian baptism themselves, requested the saint, that he would come as soon as possible to their country, so that their wives, children and servants might enjoy a like inestimable privilege.
    At last, St. Patrick relieved himself from their importunities, by saying, that he could not go with them, until he had more fully instructed those people of the country, where he then preached, in the mysteries of faith, and until he had built churches, and provided good pastors for them. He enquired, however, if there was any elevated place near him, from which he could obtain a view of their country. When conducted to a mountain, called Findinne, which he ascended, he obtained a view of the boundaries of Corcobaschind, towards the North and East. He then predicted, that in course of time, their bounds should be enlarged, on the East, as far as the mountain Echtge, and on the North, to another, which he pointed out in Corcomroe.

    Rev. John Canon O'Hanlon, 1875

    Detail from the Rocque map of Ireland, 1790.
    Above: detail from the Rocque map of Ireland, 1790.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©