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Crannóg at Lough Lannagh
By Brian Hoban
28, Feb 2012 - 17:27

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Early history of Lough Lannagh.

Church Lake, so called after ancient church that once stood in Graveyard. Castlebar parish(Parish of Aglish) takes its name from this church aka Eaglais Clann Cuan.

The early inhabitants in Iron Age times were hunter/gatherers and were called Clann Cuan. The surname Quinn is derived from this name. Castlebar town river - An tSiúir- exits from Lough Lannagh. The early inhabitants the Clann Cuan were also known as Fir Thíre or Fir Siúire.

This Crannóg was known by several different names over the years. These included McDonnell's Island after the McDonnell family who live at Mount Gordon House, Boyd's Island after medical family who previously lived at Mount Gordon House.

During the 12th century Rory Mear O'Dowd attacked Donal O'Quin, chief of the Clann Cuan and took his daughter by force. Next day O'Quin killed Rory and placed himself under the protection of O'Mulroney (MacDermot.) in his mansion in this Crannog.

Later that century local chieftain O'Mulroney (MacDermot) was slain in his own mansion here in the 12th century (then known as Claenloch).

Guided Historical Tour at Lough Lannagh.

If you would like to find out more why not come along to a guided walk around the shores of Lough Lannagh, Castlebar on Sunday March 11th with commentary by Brían Hoban, local historian? Meet at new bridge beside Aldi carpark, Castlebar at 2.30p.m.

This tour is organised as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge and will be a bi-lingual event with commentary in both English and Irish.

Ideal Family Walk- No cover charge. Enquiries from Brían at 087 9234504


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