Its name was originally Magh Allo, that is, Plain of the Allo (the old name used by Spenser for this part of the river), and the ford was defended by a castle, built by the Desmonds, the ruins of which remain.
The Desmonds were Irish in all but pride of blood.
The colonizing scheme was dropped, and the first presidency of Munster left the Desmonds and their allies in possession.
The Desmonds determined on a great effort.
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