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Doora is a civil parish and village in County Clare, Ireland, just to the east of the town of Ennis. It is part of the Catholic parish of Doora Barefield. Parts of Doora are contained in the town of Ennis.NameIn Irish the word Dúr means "water", and Dúire means "of water", so the name means the parish of the water or bog.LocationThe parish is on the western border of the barony of Bunratty Upper, just east of the town of Ennis. It is 3.75by and covers. The land includes bog, upland pasture and farmland. It is drained by the River Quin, which runs southwest into the River Fergus. The population in 1841 was 2,365 in 370 houses. While the original eponymous hamlet decayed, a new settlement developed around Doora Church.AntiquitiesThe history of Saint Brecan of Arran says he founded a church in Daclais that is named after him. According to James Frost the townland of Kilbreckan holds the ruined church of Carrantemple, a very old building, which may be this church. In fact Carntemple lies in the adjacent townland of Noughaval. Doora Church may have been founded by Saint Brecan around 500 AD. If Brecan was the founder, as tradition states, it would have been one of the first central mission churches in Clare. An 1842 map notes that the church was in ruins and shows it about southwest of what was then the hamlet of Doora, in the west of the townland of Ballaghboy. It was about east of the River Fergus, opposite the town of Ennis. There is also a ruined church named Kellavella. Two holy wells in the parish are dedicated to Saint Breccan. Doora is in County Clare. Plan your holiday in Doora and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Ireland vacation site .
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