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.: Cluain moccu Nóis

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.:Ciarán
LineageThis records the reputed ancestral lines of individuals given in Doc Assoc.:Latharna Molt
TownlandGives the townland (name spelt as in TTPBI Index) in which the site is (or is thought to be) located.:Clonmacnoise
ParishGives the civil (not ecclesiastical) parish in which the townland is situated.:Clonmacnoise
DioceseThis records the medieval (not necessarily the same as the modern) diocese in which the foundation lies.:Clonmacnoise
BaronyGives the modern barony (as in TTPBI Index the baronies were rationalised in 19thC) in which the townland and civil parish are situated.:Garrycastle
CountyGives the county in which the barony lies.:Offaly
ProvinceGives both the civil province in which the county lies and the ecclesiastical province to which the diocese belongs.:Leinster; Armagh
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.:VSH Salm; VSH; BNE; Lis (Ciarán etc); Mart.T; Mart.O; Mart.G; Mart.D; LL 348h 52; Stoneyhurst B, 446 (damliacc)
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).:(Cummian's Letter 633); Lex Innoc 697 (§28, 4); (Laud 610 - 740s? Munster Synod); Ann.Ult bnd. 723, 755, 778, 816, 818, 834, 835, 845 (by vikings - incl dertach), 1016, 1020; conflict 760 (with Birra), 764 (with Durrow); pl. by vikings 842 (&; bnd Ann.Clon)
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.:coarbial + episcopal
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.:male
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.:abb; bishop; secnap; scriba; fer-léiginn; anchorita; + others - see Kehnel 1997
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.:eccl site/complex; ch ruins
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.:bell (iron: cl 1); crucifixion plaque; Rawlinson B502 components produced here
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.:Archdall 1786, 379-87; Hogan 1910, 253, 266, 337; Ryan 1940, 490-507; Lionard 1960-1, 95-170; Ó Corráin 1972, 86, 116; Byrne 1973, 91, 171, 216; Harbison 1980, 26-9; Hicks 1980, 5-35; Bourke 1980, 61, 63, 66; Henry 1980, 36-46; Ó Murchadha 1980, 47-51; Ó Riain 1985, 319; Doherty 1985, 63-7; Walsh &; Ó Cróinín 1988; Harbison 1992; MacShamhráin 1994, 139-50; Manning 1994, passim; Kehnel 1997, passim; Byrne 2005, 660-1, 679
AddendumIncludes fragments of additional information (or comments on the part of the compilers) relating to the site in question.:Nosraige, location of; Abb Faílbe Becc guarantor of Cáin Adomnáin; comarba of C at Synod of Mag Léne 633, Munster Synod 740s