Killconly, Lissgeevy, and Addragoole parishes, described, with the remarkable objects therein enumerated.

Tuam August 31st 1838


The Parish of Killconly in the Barony of Dunmore in the County of Galway, is called in Irish Cill Connla - the church of Conla - and Cella S. Conlatae (Conlati?). Does a Saint of this name occur in the A.A.S.S., in the Calendar, or in any other Ecclesiastical record?

In the Name book, Kilconly (old) abbey is placed in the townland of Beagh.

There is also another abbey in ruins placed in Cloonsheen (Cluain Sion), {which is written Cloosheen but, incorrectly in the Name book (P. 27), where the situation of the building is given} called Gort na b-Piseán, which would be properly Anglicised Gortnabishaun and signifies the field of the vetches; a name given the abbey from having its situation in a spot so-called.

In Killtanvy townland {Cill t-Seanaimh} is an old Church in ruins, which has given name to it. Killeen Cillín, is the name of a fort here, which is a burying place for children.

There is a burying place for children in Cloonnaglasha {Cluain na Glais} townland, and called Lios Gárán - Lissgauraun, and a holy well - called Tobar Garán. - Tobbargauraun.


Rathmore {Rath Mhóir} in Ballynagittagh {Baile na n-Giotach} townland, is a burying place for children.


The Irish name of this parish is Lios Giabhaigh.

The Church of Lisgeevy, is said to exist in ruins.

Killcloony townland {Cill Chlunaigh} contains in its West end, a burial ground and the ruins of a Castle.

Recd. at OSO, Septr. 38


The Irish name of this parish, is Eadra, g-Cúil.

The Church yard of Addragool lies in the East side of Carrow-an-thomush (Ceathramhadh an Tomais) townland - with(in) it are the western gable and two small portions of both sidewalls attached to it; all retaining their original height. There is a quadrangular window on the remaining portion of the South side wall, 2½ feet from the ground, 2 feet high, and F inches broad.

There is a window on the west gable, made of rudely cut stones, and pointed; it is (apparently) 3 feet high and 1 foot broad.

In a field West of the Church yard, is standing a stone Cross, about 3 feet high. It is thought there was an abbey here.


All the notable objects in Killconly and Liss-geevy parishes, I was obliged to take on the authority of the Name-books, with the exception of Lissgeevy old church, which I set down as existing in ruins, merely on local authority.

I was obliged to do so for this reason that, I traversed both parishes in one day, and got the names; and during my course through them, none (of) the ruins occurred. Were I to examine each ruin, a great deal more time should have been spent on the occasion; for all would at least take up two days, which time (portion) might be perhaps partly, mispent, if none of them were of historical interest.

If history be found connected with any of them, it can be then examined. I (saw) the grave yard where the new chapel of Killconly, is in the progress of being built; and I found no ruins observable. I saw Addragool Church yard and the part of the Church now remaining, as above remarked.

It is, therefore, necessary that the Ecclesiastical, that is, parish, abbey, and Church names, as laid down here, be looked for in all the Ecclesiastical records, particularly those, which are most frequently drawn upon for descriptions. But I suspect all or the greatest part of them are modern.

Your obedient
T. O'Conor