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    ...we find an oblique allusion to the fairies in Gortnamearacaun ("foxglove field"), called also "Thimbletown", — the foxglove being the fairies' thimble. Caheraphuca has a fine dolmen and haunted fort. Knocknafearbreaga derives its name and legend from the "seven" (recte five) pillar stones, once the seven robbers who ill-treated St. Mochulla's tame bull. It is noteworthy that the life of St. Mochulleus, (sought for vainly by Colgan about 1637 and only recently found in Austria and published), gives the seven soldiers and the slaying of the tame bull that ran errands for the saint.
    In the mass of hills near the Shannon [Slieve Aughty, Slieve Bernagh], Carrickeevul, Tobereevul, and Glennagalliach ("hag's glen") commemorate banshees. Knockaunamoughilly is named from a "Boughil", and other "sham men" appear at the Farbreagas in Cloontra and Cloongaheen. Seefin in Kilseily is another "seat of Finn". Some names are more doubtful. Lough Graney, the river Graney, and Tomgraney, are attributed to a suspicious solar heroine, the lady "Gillagreine" or "Grainne of the bright cheeks".

    Thos. J. Westropp, 1910

    Detail from Faden map of Ireland, 1798.
    Above: detail from Faden map of Ireland, 1798.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©