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Dysert, County Clare

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An Díseart
Civil parish
Victorian ruins of Synge's Lodge, Dysert
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°54′41″N 9°03′59″W / 52.911316°N 9.066316°W / 52.911316; -9.066316Coordinates: 52°54′41″N 9°03′59″W / 52.911316°N 9.066316°W / 52.911316; -9.066316
CountyCounty Clare
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR330871

Dysert (Irish: An Díseart, meaning "hermitage") is a civil parish in County Clare, Ireland.[1] The parish was formerly called Dysert O’Dea, from its having been the territory of the sept of that name.[2] It is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Dysart and Ruan. The ruins of O'Dea Castle and a 12th-century church of Dysert O'Dea Monastery are in the townland of the same name.


Dysert civil parish is in the barony of Inchiquin. It is located between the villages of Corofin (to the north) and Kilnamona (to the south) on the R476 regional road. It is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the county town - Ennis. The River Fergus flows through much of the parish. The parish of Rath is located to the north-west, Ruan to the north-east, Kilnamona to the south and Inagh to the west. The parish borders the barony of Bunratty Upper to the east at the parish of Templemaley.[3] Dysert is part of the parish of Dysart and Ruan in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.[4][5]


The Clare Archaeology Centre manages an archaeology and history trail that encompasses the restored 15th-century Dysert O'Dea castle, a 12th-century high cross and remains of a monastery said to have been founded in the 8th century.[6]

In 1318 Richard De Clare decided to invade Ui Fearmaic and attack O’Dea. He reached Dysert on 10 May 1318 and was overwhelmingly defeated in the Battle of Dysert O'Dea, in which he lost his life. The English were not to return to Thomond for more than two centuries.[7]

Notable people


The parish contains the townlands of Attyterrila, Aughrim Kelly, Aughrim Ross, Aughrim Toohy, Ahasla, Ballybrody, Ballycullinan, Ballygriffy (North), Ballygriffy (South), Ballynagonnaghtagh, Ballyteernau, Caherclanchy, Cappanakilla, Carhoo, Cloona, Cloontohil, Drumcurreen, Druminshin, Drummeer, Drummina, Dysert, Erinagh Beg, Erinagh More, Gortcurka, Kilcurrish, Killeenan, Knockaunanerrigal, Knockaunroe, Knockmore, Knockreagh, Magowna (East), Magowna (West), Mollaneen, Moyhullin, Rinerrinagh, Teeronaun, Toonagh, Toonagh Commons and Ross.[9]


  1. ^ Dysert civil parish - Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2014-04-01.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1840). A topographical dictionary of Ireland: comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs corporate, market, and post towns, parishes and villages ... : With an appendix describing the electoral boundaries of the several boroughs as defined by the act of the 2d. and 3d. of William IV. Lewis.
  3. ^ "1842 OS Map of County Clare". Clare County Library. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  4. ^ "Dysart & Ruan". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  5. ^ "Dysart & Ruan". Killaloe Diocese. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  6. ^ "Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, County Clare". Clare Archaeology Centre. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  7. ^ James Frost. "12. History of Thomond before it was formed into an English county: From the earliest times, to the death of De Clare, and expulsion of the English in 1318". The History and Topography of the County of Clare. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  8. ^ Michael Mac Mahon. "Clann Bruaidheadha (Mac Brody)". Clare's Gaelic Bardic Tradition. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  9. ^ "Map of Dysert Parish showing Townlands". Clare County Library. Retrieved 2014-03-09.

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