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1814 Statistical Account

No. IX. Parish of CLONMANY,

(Diocese of Derry, and County of Donegal.)

By the Rev. F. L. Molloy.

IV. Ancient Buildings, etc.

There is the shell of an old ruin to the N. E. of the parish, called the castle of Carrickabrahey: it consists of a round-tower, about 25 feet high and 8 in diameter, and a square building, 30 feet high or thereabouts, and 10 feet square in the clear. South of these, a few perches, is a small circular lake, from which runs a little canal or duct to carry off the water to the sea.

An English mile S. E. from this, stand the remains of a horned-castle, called in Irish, Caislean na Stucah, on a pyramidical rock, peninsulated in spring tides, the top of which is upwards of 80 perches from the level of the sea; and what is very remarkable, is inaccessible unless by long ladders. It is a matter of curious speculation to the men of this generation to know, how and when it was built. The tradition here is, that it was built by Phelemy Brasillah Dogherty, to keep his children protected from the ravages of the small-pox; however, a subject of such curiosity, surely has hot escaped the observation of Irish historians, so that perhaps it can be ascertained by whom, and at what time, this ruin was erected.

I. The Name of the Parish, Situation, Extent, etc.
       II. Mines, Minerals, etc.
       III. Modern Buildings, etc.
       IV. Ancient Buildings, etc.
       V. Present and former State of Population, Food, Fuel, etc
       VI. The Genius & Disposition of the Poorer Classes, etc.
       VII. The Education and Employment of Children, etc.
       VIII. State of Religious Establishment, Tithes, etc, etc.
       IX. Modes of Agriculture, Crops, etc.
       X. Of Trade, Manufactures, Commerce, etc.
       XI. Natural Curiosities, remarkable Occurrences, etc.
       XII. Suggestions for Improvement, etc.
       APPENDIX : TOWNLANDS, their Derivations, etc.

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