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.: Ros Ailithir (Roscarbery)

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.:Fachtna s of Mongach; Colmán Ailithir (Mo-Cholmóc s of Grillín)
LineageThis records the reputed ancestral lines of individuals given in Doc Assoc.:Corco Loígde
TownlandGives the townland (name spelt as in TTPBI Index) in which the site is (or is thought to be) located.:Townlands
ParishGives the civil (not ecclesiastical) parish in which the townland is situated.:Ross
DioceseThis records the medieval (not necessarily the same as the modern) diocese in which the foundation lies.:Ross
BaronyGives the modern barony (as in TTPBI Index the baronies were rationalised in 19thC) in which the townland and civil parish are situated.:Carbery East WD
CountyGives the county in which the barony lies.:Cork
ProvinceGives both the civil province in which the county lies and the ecclesiastical province to which the diocese belongs.:Munster; Cashel
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 (Mo-Chóemóc §4); Beatha Bharra, §21, 34; Mart.T (14 Aug); Mart.O; LL 351a 52, 367c 32; Colgan, Acta
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).:CGG c.839/47 (§18 bnd by vikings); Gen Corco Loígde (ref to list of possessions 12thC?); Ann.Ult 1102 (pl.) - see also clerics
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 (Ann.FM): 824 (=826), 839 (=840), 850 (=852), 921 (=923); bishop (Ann.FM): 1085, 1168; airch: 1016 (Airbertach m Cosse), 1055, 1096; scriba/ancorita: 866 (Ann.FM =868)
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; cathedral
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, 76-7; Hogan 1910, 583, 584; Gwynn &; Hadcock 1970, 96; Doherty 1982, 321-2; Ó Riain 1985, 198 (n. 222), 331; Power 1992, 349; Ó Riain 1994, 66, 76, 263 (n. 289); Etchingham 1996, 69; MacShamhráin 2005c, 13
AddendumIncludes fragments of additional information (or comments on the part of the compilers) relating to the site in question.:OS 143: Fachtna a pupil of Barra at Loch Irce, Colmán a pupil at Cork; Lebar Sochair do Fachtna, ref to in Gen Corco Loígde