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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.
Ard Pátraicceccl site: encl; ch ruin (pre-Norman); rd twr (stump); well
Áth Maigneeccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd (semi-oval)
Ballyalbaneccl site: encl oval (130 x 95m); bullaun; raised area; gvyd? (human remains unearthed)
Ballycahillroeeccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd
Cell Brigteeccl site: encl (earthen banked); ch site within ('Kilbride' OS Map)
Cell na Saccarteccl site: encl; gvyd EC (Kilnasaggart: excavated); cross-carved pillar (inscr with name 'Ternoc'); possible bullaun; well
Cell Tigernáineccl site: enclosure circ, lge; ch ruin (medieval); gvyd possible
Churchtowneccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd (oval)
Clonaltraeccl site: enclosure - oval; raised area (lge oval platform); grave-slab (ringed cross, perh 9thC?); bullaun - double; gvyd
Cluain Fota Báetáin abaeccl site: enclosure - sub-circular (large earthworks); plain stone cross; standing stone; ch ruin; burial 'bishop's gv'; gvyd
Cluain Fota Fine/Libréineccl site: enclosure (183m diam.); ch ruin; gvyd (Clonfadforan)
Dairmageccl site: enclosure; high-cross; graveslabs x 2 (second 9thC?); possible rd twr; well: St Colum Cille (in Co Westmeath side of par)
Fobareccl site: encl (traces of earthworks to S & E); ch ruin (pre-Romanesque; orig single-celled); plain cross; gvyd; well: St Feighin
Fochladeccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd (elongated oval)
Fossa Dallbrónaigeccl site: enclosure (circular); ch site ('chapel'); gvyd
Friarstowneccl site: enclosure (def by earthwork, ditch and fosse); ch ruin ('Friary')
Glencolumbkilleeccl site: encl (85m diam); stone head (closest parallels 8th-9thC); ch ruin (nave + chanc); gvyd
Inis bó finne (1)eccl site: encl (faint traces); bullaun; cross-slabs (EC); ch ruin (med: 'St Colman's Abbey')
Killahugheccl site: encl - semicircle; ch ruin; gvyd
Lecc bladmaeccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd (circular)
Mag itir dá glaiseccl site: encl (now erased); bullaun; ch ruin (med)
Ráith Garb?eccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd (semi-oval)
Ráith Óenbóeccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd
Relickeccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd (quadrantal)
Skeaghmoreeccl site: encl poss; ch site (+ site of abbey); gvyd
Tech Sincheeccl site: encl poss?; cross-slab x2 ('B' inscr [M]áel-Ma[I]re?); gvyd (oval => encl?)
Tempall Chrónáineccl site: encl (traces); ch ruin (trabeate doorway, carved heads => 12thC); high-cross (shaft); stone crosses (marking termon?); tomb shrines x 2; well
Templelineeccl site: encl circular (curving segs of earthwork); ch ruin (med: single celled)
Templepatrickeccl site: encl poss; ch ruin; gvyd (quadrantal)