The original patrimony of the O’Nolans was centred in the barony of Forth in the County of Carlow, which is so called in Grace’s Annals and other Anglo – Irish records. There are townlands of Ballynolan in the barony of Idrone West, in the County of Carlow, in the barony of Cranagh in the County of Kilkenny and in the barony of Kenry in the County of Limerick. There is a townland of Ballynowlan near Stradbally, barony of Maryborough East in the Queen’s County, and a considerable territory embracing, among others, the townlands of Clooaddyonoran, Kylbry, Tlyawer, Clonegowne, Clowlenemone, Clonenagh, Ballyfin, Cloughclone and Clonanne in the barony of Maryborough West in the Queen’s County, which is defined in the Fiants of James 1 as “parcel of the Lordship of Farren O’Nolan”. From these it is evident that the influence and ramifications of the O’Nolans extended far beyond the confines of the parent barony of Forth O’Nolan.
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