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    Killaloe Parish. The name is usually interpreted as Kill-da-lua, or Kill-O'Mollua, from a famous saint of the 6th century, who is believed to have flourished here. (Lanigan, quoted at Clontfert-Mollua,infra.)
    The parish is situated on the western side of the Shannon, in size 13,045 acres; and is bounded on the north by the parish of Ogonello and Kilno; on the west by that of Killokennedy; on the south by Kiltenanlea; and on the east by the Shannon, which separates it from the county of Tipperary.
    Killaloe was once the resort of many pilgrims. There is a well dedicated to St. Flannan at the east end of the town. On an eminence, just where the Shannon contracts above the rapids, is the spot where the great King of Ireland, "Brian Boriomhe, fixed his residence, at Chann-Coradh (the Head of the Weir), in the immediate neighbourhood of his own ancestral residence of Grianan Lachtria, the ruins of which are still to be seen on the south shoulder of the hill of Craigh-Liath, about a mile north-west of Killaloe." (E. O'Curry's "Manners and Customs," vol. 2, lec. vi.)
    Cragliath Mountain is the widely-known haunt of the great evil spirit, the banshee of Munster and the Dalcassians. Curious that all the saints and bishops have not exorcised her. Has she gone since the potato-blight and the emigration?

    Rev. Philip Dwyer, 1878

    Detail from the Moll map of Ireland, 1736.
    Above: detail from the Moll map of Ireland, 1736.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©