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Belclare   ~   Corofin
 
 
BELCLARE, a parish, in the barony of CLARE, County Galway, 6km (S.W.) from Tuam, on the road to Headford.

A monastery of Franciscan friars was founded here in 1291, and at an early period had acquired very ample possessions, but little more of its history is recorded.

Castle Hackett located near Belclare County Galway
 
The celebrated hill of Knockman, or Knockma, from which is an extensive and delightful view, is situated in the parish; and there are several extensive tracts of bog, and a flour-mill. The gentlemen's seats are Thomastown, the residence of Capt. Kirwan, and New-Garden, of Roderick O'Connor, Esq. It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, and, with a portion of the rectory, forms part of the union of Tuam; the other portion of the rectory is appropriate to the deanery of Tuam. In the R. C. divisions it is the head of a union or district, called Clare-Tuam, comprising the parishes of Belclare, Kilmoylan, and Kilmacrean, and containing two chapels, situated respectively in Belclare and Kilmacrean. A school for Protestant females was wholly supported by Mrs. Kirwan, of Castle Hackett.

Knockma Hill
Knockma the great 'Hill of Maeve' is situated 5 miles/8kmwest of Tuam. Maeve the legendary Queen of Connacht is reputed to be buried in the Cairns on the summit of the hill from which one of the greatest panoramic views in Ireland may be obtained. Tradition also points to Knockma as the home of fairy legend. For here Finvarra, King of Connacht fairies, is reputed to have held his court. This partially wooded hill contains examples of the famous Burren flora, the Spring Gentian and the Purple Helleborine to name but two species.
 
 
 

 

 
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