Britannia, by William Camden

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MOMONIA, or MOUNSTER.

* In orationis contextu. Small M MOMONIA, in Irish Mown, * in compounds Wown, and in English Mounster, lies to the south, and is expos’d to the Vergivian-sea; being separated from Connaught for some space by the river Siney or Shanon, and from Leinster by the river† Shure.Neor. Formerly, it was divided into many parts, as Towoun, North Mounster; Deswoun, South Mounster; Heirwoun, West Mounster; Mean-woun, Middle Mounster; and Urwoun, the forepart of Mounster; but at this day it is divided into two, West Mounster and South Mounster. Oudiae Vodiae Tumultuaria West Mounster was in old time the country of the Luceni, the Velabri, and the Uterini; South Mounster was that of the Oudiæ or Vodiæ and the Coriondi; but at present it is distinguish’d into ¦ ¦ Seven, C. by adding Desmond, and Holy Cross.five Counties, viz. Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Tiperary, and Waterford.

In the most westerly part of Ireland, and where it views the Cantabrian Ocean, fronting, at a great distance to the south-west, Gallicia in Spain; there formerly dwelt the Velabri and the Luceni, as Orosius tells us. The Luceni (who seem to derive their name and original from the Lucensii of Gallicia on the opposite coast of Spain, of whose name some remains are to this day in the Barony of Lyxnaw,) were seated, as I suppose, in the County of Kerry, and in Conoglogh hard by, upon the River Shanon.

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