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FoundationGives the name of the site — generally in its Old Irish form, (if attested in early or medieval sources, or if it appears to be readily reconstructable) otherwise the modern English placename is given.:Documented AssociationGives the names of Early Christian ecclesiastics (the DIB terms such individuals often regarded as founders of churches — saints in the Irish tradition), whose association with the sites concerned is based on documentary sources.:LineageThis records the reputed ancestral lines of individuals given in Doc Assoc.:
Traditional AssociationGives the names of Early Christian ecclesiastics whose association with the sites concerned is based on tradition, dedication or placename association.:TownlandGives the townland (name spelt as in TTPBI Index) in which the site is (or is thought to be) located.:ParishGives the civil (not ecclesiastical) parish in which the townland is situated.:
DeaneryThis records the rural deanery (a sub-division of the diocese) to which the parish belongs.:DioceseThis records the medieval (not necessarily the same as the modern) diocese in which the foundation lies.:BaronyGives the modern barony (as in TTPBI Index the baronies were rationalised in 19thC) in which the townland and civil parish are situated.:
CountyGives the county in which the barony lies.:ProvinceGives both the civil province in which the county lies and the ecclesiastical province to which the diocese belongs.:SourcesThis is concerned almost exclusively with hagiographical sources (mainly Lives of the saints, martyrologies and genealogies of the saints) and relates to the individuals and lineages in Doc Assoc and Lineage.:
Recorded HistoryThis concerns the subsequent history of the site, with emphasis on pre-Norman (or early post-Norman) native sources mainly annals but also including medieval ecclesiastical records (charters or taxations), English Crown documents and, on occasion, modern sources (especially surveys or maps, which may mark the location of lost sites or illuminate placenames).:Clerical StatusThis seeks to classify foundations as episcopal coarbial or eremitic based on the clerical orders ascribed to the reputed founder, the later succession-record or the placename of the site.:GenderThis seeks to classify foundations as male or female based on the gender of the reputed founder, the later succession-record or the placename of the site.:
Succession RecordLists ecclesiastics, male or female, who succeeded to offices at the foundation concerned abbots, abbesses, comarbai, bishops often clerics of less exalted rank such as treasurers, lectors, scribes. These lists make no claim to be exhaustive; fuller accounts for major sites can be found in the New History of Ireland, vol. 8, and in published prosopographies.:Medieval DedicationNotes medieval church-dedications to saints whether Irish or Continental.:Familial LinksIndicates links between foundations, whether claimed in hagiographical sources (a lesser site said to have submitted to greater site), attested by charter, or indicated by tradition or placename evidence.:
Folk TraditionRecords traditional stories, beliefs or practices (especially pilgrimages or patterns), or a tradition of clandestine burial either recorded or inferred from location names such as the killeen or the caldragh.:Field RemainsRecords physical remains of sites, whether visible in the field or accessed through excavation. Precedence is given to features considered to be characteristic of the Early Christian/pre-Reform era, such as enclosures, (especially circular or oval), cross-slabs, high-crosses, bullauns and raised areas — with round towers and church remains further down the list unless there is a strong case for doing otherwise.:ArtifactsIn general, this records only items which may support the case for the site as a pre-Reform ecclesiastical settlement (especially croziers, shrines, chalices etc) — whether recovered by search or excavation, or merely associated with the site by tradition. Also included are such items as querns and kilns as flour-production was an important part of life at ecclesiastical (although also, admittedly, at secular) settlement sites.:
BibliographyMentions secondary references (sometimes very select indeed) to the site concerned. Some contain detailed discussion, others (especially where little else seems to be available) only the briefest mentions. For details see the Bibliography page.:AddendumIncludes fragments of additional information (or comments on the part of the compilers) relating to the site in question.:

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FoundationGives the name of the site — generally in its Old Irish form, (if attested in early or medieval sources, or if it appears to be readily reconstructable) otherwise the modern English placename is given.Field RemainsRecords physical remains of sites, whether visible in the field or accessed through excavation. Precedence is given to features considered to be characteristic of the Early Christian/pre-Reform era, such as enclosures, (especially circular or oval), cross-slabs, high-crosses, bullauns and raised areas — with round towers and church remains further down the list unless there is a strong case for doing otherwise.
Achadh Deoch ruin (Romanesque); rd twr base; 2x ogam stones (1 lost)
Achad Urglaiseccl site; cross base x 2; ch ruin (No. 475); gvyd
Ardachad Brechmaigeeccl site; bullaun; cross-base; gvyd (no. 1327)
Áth Segieccl site?; ch ruin; base of twr (no. 1334)
Ballycook/Kinneigheccl site (No. 477) 'Kinneigh ch'; bullaun; cross base; gvyd; 'Sunday's Well' (no. 626)
Ballynaguilkee eccl site; enclosure oval; ch site; base of stone cross (no. 1323)
Caiseleccl complex; high-cross base (9thC?); ch site (stone 'cathedral' c.1100?; earlier wooden ch pos); Romanesque ch (Cormac's Chapel); rd twr (12thC); cathedral (rebuilt 1169)
Cell Adgaireccl site; circular encl (traces); grave-slab x2 ('Rathdown' types: 10-11thC?); cross-base; ch ruin (med); gvyd; well
Cell Chóeleccl site; enclosure probable; cross & base; ch ruin (late); gvyd
Cell Donnchadach site; eroded cross-base (no. 1413)
Cell Draignige eccl site (no. 488); bullauns; cross head/base; ch traces
Cell Éinne (1) (Teglach Éinne)eccl complex: ch ruin x2 ('Teaghlach Éinne' + EC oratory); ch site; bullauns x2; inscr stone & cross-slabs x5 to SE; high cross (frag now at Cell Rónáin); rd twr (base); clochans x3; gvyd; well (Dabhach Éinne) (nos. 382, 569, 573, 575, 577, 965, 630-1, 71
Cell Ingen Baítheccl site; ch ruin (antae => early? rebuilt c.1230?); rd twr (base); stone crosses; wells x 2
Cell Láthraig/Áthraigeccl site; high-cross shaft, base x 2; ch ruin (late med); gvyd (no. 1428)
Cell Tailteneccl site; cross-slab (EC); gvyd; cross-base (late)
Clonleaeccl site; enclosure?; high cross & high cross base; gvyd
Cluain Chaín Chairillch ruin ('abbey' - site possibly EC); cross-base to SE; gvyd; field system (nos. 3339, 3493, 4005)
Cluain Chonmaicneeccl site; pillar-stone (cross-inscr); cross-slabs x 3 (EC); bullaun; high-cross frags (shaft, transom, base: 10th-12thC); stone heads x 2 (built into wall); ch site; gvyd (no. 1406)
Congbáil Glinne Suileidieccl site; cross-slabs/pillar-stones with inc. crosses x 18 (EC); ch ruin (No. 1542); altar base; gvyd; well
Dertech/Dairthech (Durthach)cross base at Oldcourt Hse
Dísert Máele-Tuileeccl site; encl - circular; high-cross base (with orans fig.); ch ruin (med); gvyd; well: St Multilly
Druim Cuilinneccl site; cross-slab (EC); high-cross frags (cylindrical base, head 9thC); ch ruin (late med: incorp Romanesque arch); gvyd; well (incl St John's)
Ecclas gvyd; crosses x 2 (I early base)
Fernaeccl site (no. 1445); encl (sub-circular); gvyd; high crosses (x 3), cross-base
Glaise Mo-Lingeccl site; encl oval; gvyd; possible cross-base; well: St. Kevin
Inis Chaíneccl site: cross-slab (EC); pillar base (no. 1423); ch site; gvyd site ('Friar's garden' on OS map)
Killoan (Cell Éogain?)cross-base; bullaun
Knocknageehyeccl encl - roughly oval; ch ruins; cross fragment (base) NE of gvyd (nos. 3158, 2907, 2621)
Liath Mór (Leamakevoge)eccl enclosure? (traced c.1900 by Seymour - since vanished); high-cross shaft frag (11-12thC); grave-slab frags x 3; crucifixion slab (12thC); rd twr base; ch ruin x 2 (sm early Med; lrg multiperiod) (no. 1879)
Liss Mo-Cholmáin?eccl site?; ch traces; cross-base (possible); gvyd
Lothraeccl enclosure circular (also probable inner enclosure); bullaun x2; high cross x2 (bases + shaft frags: prob 8th/9thC); ch ruin (possibly 11thC); gvyd; well (nos. 1883, 1960, 1983)
Mag nÉoeccl site: high cross (frag head + base 9thC?); cross-slabs x 6; ch ruin (med abbey); gvyd
Martartecheccl site; cross-base (no. 1453, 1543); ch ruin (med.)
Muffeccl site?; cross-base; bullaun x 2 (no. 1546)
Obaireccl site; cross-base EC; crosses x2 (solid-ring, shaft); cross-slab; ch ruin (late med) (No. 1470)
Ogdela (?)eccl site?; high-cross (base + frag head EC); ch traces (late med); architectural frags (late med); gvyd; well
Portlickeccl site poss; encl; cross-inscr slab (in gdn of Portlick Cas); cross-base; bullaun (nr shore of l. Ree)
Ráith Cholpthaeccl site (Churchmoyley); ch ruin (10/11thC); cross base; cross-carved stones; possible corn-kiln
Ráith Móreccl site (no. 596); cross-base (no. 516); gvyd site (OSL 1839)
Ráith Murbuilcceccl site; enclosure; pillar stone cross-inscr x 2; cross-inscr stone x 2; rd twr base; ch ruin
Rathmeskeccl site; rd twr base; ch ruin; gvyd
Rathmichaeleccl site; cashel; grave-slabs x5 ('Rathdown' types: 10-11thC?); rd twr base; ch ruin (Romanesque features)
Saigireccl site; enclosure (375m diam); high cross (base: figure dec); ch ruin (med)
Tech Templaeccl site? cross-base (EC); possible preceptory (13thC.) (nos. 2671, 2691)
Termann Feichíneccl site; grave slab (EC); high cross; cross base; convent site? (No. 985, 1016); well: Tobar F.
Tulach Fortcheirn/Ua Feilmedaeccl site; cross-base (no. 608 - 10thC?); ch traces; well 'Lady Well'
Tulach Inmuinneccl site; ch ruin (first phase c.1000 AD); high-cross base; rd twr; 2x ogam stones
Whitechurch (Lisnahunsin; Less an Fhuinseann?)eccl site; grave-slab x2 (ringed Greek cross perh 8thC; 'Rathdown' type < 12thC); cross-base (inscr); ch ruin (med); well: 'St Sadb'