A meeting of the Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society will take place at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, in the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown.
Following the meeting, at 8.30 p.m. (sharp), a talk entitled ‘Reconstructing the Lough Croan cenn áit of the medieval Úa Cellaig lordship of Uí Maine’ will be given by Daniel Curley.
The Úa Cellaig (O’Kelly) lordship of Uí Maine & Tír Maine extended over large areas of south Co. Roscommon and east Co. Galway over the course of the later medieval period. A lordship that is well-known, oft-cited, but little understood, their territory expanded and contracted in response to internal fortunes and external forces. As a result of this author’s research, one location which has emerged as a place of retained importance for the Úa Cellaig through time is the former lake of Lough Croan, and its hinterland.
Careful consideration of the available historical, cartographic and toponymic sources relating to the later medieval Gaelic Úa Cellaig lordship of Uí Maine has uncovered a substantial body and range of evidence that points towards Lough Croan being a cenn áit of the Uí Maine kings from the early medieval period through to the early modern times.