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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.
Aill Finn (Elphin)eccl complex; Tempall Mór (Cathedral); Tempall Phádraig (St. Patrick's); Tempall in Eidnéin; wells: St Patrick; Tobar Mhuire nrby
An Bhanrainn Bháneccl site (early) - possible; ch site?; gvyd ('St Columbkille's' on OS map); wells x 2 to SW & S (nos. 514, 660)
Baile Meánachcalluragh (gvyd); wells (Tobar Rí an Domhnaigh; T. Darerca)
Baile Mochainn? (Baliogan)gvyd site; cross (plain granite); wells: St James, St Patrick
Baile na gCranngvyd? (possible graves); wells (Tobar Rí an Domhnaigh; T. Ghobnait)
Baile Scadán eccl site poss (street alignment apparently circ.); wells: St Mary; St Brigit's in adj tld
Ballinaboych site (St Rónán's Oratory); cross-shaped slab, inscr above (EC); wells x2 ('Tobernagreachta' & 'St Brigit's') a few 100m to SE
Balloneccl site; circ encl now levelled (no. 525); ch site; gvyd; wells x 2 (no. 623-4)
Ballybrazileccl site (No. 1157); encl circ (94 x 86m); gvyd rect; ch site (med); wells: Crón, Brigit, BVM
Ballynakillyeccl site? semicirc encl; bullaun possible; calluragh (gvyd: Gortakilleen); wells x2
Cappaghch traces; cross slab (inc into stone-built 'altar'); wells x 2 to SE (nos. 3321, 3519)
Carrickaboyeccl site; cross-slab; pillar stone? - decorated (now at Denn Glebe); ch traces? gvyd - rect; wells X2 (nos. 1617, 1618, 1636, 1747)
Cell Brigteeccl site; encl (part of - earthen bank); gvyd; wells x 2: St. Brigit, St. Kevin
Cell Broccáin?/Kilbroganch site possible (no visible trace); wells x2 to S (nos. 3179, 2682-3)
Cell Chaeidi? (Kilkee)gvyd; wells: Senán, Caíde (2m away)
Cell Chairill (Kelkirell)ch ruin (late); gvyd nrby; wells
Cell Charthaigeccl site; bullaun (Tobermurray) (No. 1577); ch ruin; gvyd; wells (St. Carthach; St. Conall) (Nos. 1696 & 1697)
Cell Chiaráineccl site? ch ruin; gvyd (now no trace?); wells: St. Ciaran; St. Michael
Cell Ingen Baítheccl site; ch ruin (antae => early? rebuilt c.1230?); rd twr (base); stone crosses; wells x 2
Cell Leáin ch ruin (site possibly EC); gvyd - modern; wells x2 to NE (nos. 3406, 3552-3)
Cell Máile/Máele-ch ruin (traces); gvyd; wells nearby
Cell Phoileccl site?; wells: St. Pol; Bride's
Cell Rossantaeccl site; enclosure suboval; ch ruin (no. 1404) within; wells x 3
Cenn Ardch ruin ('Reglaish Ch': med); gvyd (calluragh?); wells: Tobar na Stéilleach/Tobar Muire/Tobar Michíl (K. West)
Clochar Dúilech (St Doulagh's)eccl site; ch building (Romanesque mid-12thC: Harbison); wells: St Doulagh; St Catherine
Cluain Bheirn (Cell Bhrénainn?)ch ruin ('Kilbrenan' - med); gvyd; 2x wells (nos. 3338, 3530-1)
Cluain Chaíneccl site; ch ruin; gvyd.; crosses; slab; bullaun; wells x 2: St Mogue?
Cluain Mór eccl site; ch ruin; wells: Cainnech and Faithlenn
Cluain Síon (Gortnabishaun) eccl enclosure - roughly circular; ch ruin? ('Gortnabishaun Abbey'); gvyd - killeen; wells x2 (along approach roads to site) (nos. 3348-9, 3726, 3535-6)
Cruachán Bríg Éileeccl site; ch ruin; wells
Druim Coluim Chilleeccl enclosure; ch ruin within; cross (plain, broken, prob pre-1200); gvyd; wells: Tobar Chollum (now lost), 'St Columb's well' 650m to SW? (nos. 2631, 2681, 2737-8)
Drumcliffch ruin (late); rd twr; wells x 2 adj
Enach dúineccl complex; cross slabs; ch ruins x4 (oratory - traces; cathedral - 12thC window & doorway in mainly 15thC str; 'Abbey' with Romanesque chancel; 'Nunnery' - med eccl building); gvyd; wells x2 (nos. 3290-5; 3509, 3514)
Fothair ch site ('Salrock'); gvyd; wells x2 - just to NW & c.60m to SSW (nos. 543, 677, 678)
Gallonnambraher*eccl site?; wells x2 (nos. 1764-5)
Illagh*ch site possible; stone cross; wells x3 (patron: St Agnes)
Inis Muiredaigeccl encl (cashel - 3 sub-divisions); inscr cross; ch ruin ('Tempall na bhFear/ Molaise/Mór); eccl ruins ('Tech Molaise', Tempall na Tine'); site of Tempall na mban; beehive cells; wells
Kilaned (Cell Fhanaid?)eccl site; cross-slabs x 2 (Nos. 1574, 1575); bullaun (No. 1744); ch site?; bldgs x2 possibly eccl (1 rect lean-to, 2 sm cell); gvyd (No. 1816); wells x 2: St Conall, St Fanad (Nos. 1692-3)
Lemdruimmeccl site; rd twr site - possible (no. 492); gvyd; wells: Laisrén & Mo-Lappóc (nos. 643-4)
Luscaeccl site; enclosure; gvyd; rd twr; wells: St Macullin's; St. Brigit's (adj td Bridetree)
Mainistirch site (EC) possible; ch ruin (Franciscan Friary); horizontal mill; field system; wells x3 nrby (nos. 3279, 3504-6, 3990, 4603)
Na Seacht dTeampailleccl complex: ch ruins x2 ('Teampall Bhreacáin' enlarged EC oratory - 'Teampall Phóill'/'T an Phuill' to SW); other (eccl?) buildings x8; high-crosses x3; leabaí x5; wells x2 (nos. 601-3, 349, 838, 754, 1018, 635-7)
Rinnakilleccl site?; stone cross (No. 1607); ch ruin (No. 1905); wells ('Tobernamanna') (No. 1728)
Ros Cammeccl enclosure (D-shaped); cross-slab EC; bullauns (multiple); rd twr; ch ruin (late med); med grave-slabs x2; holed stone ('penitential st' on OS maps); gvyd; wells (nos. 610-1, 976)
Sceilc Mhicíleccl site; ch ruin; EC oratory x2; cross-inscr slab; stone cross; clochán x6; leacht; gvyd; wells: St Michael
Sliab Liacceccl site: ch ruin (drystone); cross-inscribed pillar-stone/slab; beehive structure (No. 1519); wells x 3
Sruthail/Struthaireccl site; ch ruin; wells x 4 (St Patrick's)
Tech Mo-Sacru (Tassagart)eccl site; cross-slab (double-headed shaft, ringed crosses: 10thC?); bullaun; gvyd; wells (adj tlds Boherboy, Slade) St Patrick, St Senan
Tulach Liss/Tellach Liaseccl site roughly oval; cross slabs (many EC); bullauns x2; ch ruin; 'St Bericheart's hse' (rect. structure); gvyd; wells: St Benjamin (tld Gortnagark); St Mary (tld Poulavare) (nos. 13892, 14455, 14622, 13994, 13933, 14029, 13925-7, 13922, 13916).