derlus ds.; ¶ Derlus nGuaire, abode of Guaire, K. of Connacht,
Lbl. 790, E. 44.
Hogan doesn't tell us which modern place this would be. Does anybody
have an idea?
Dunguaire Castle, just outside the coastal village of Kinvarra, Co. Galway,
south of Galway City, is said to be the site, but it's possible that
Guaire's castle was on a small island next to the present castle. The
refurbished Dunguaire is used for medieval banquets for tourists. Good food,
fine entertainment, reasonable prices.
Guaire, famous for his generosity, was involved in Geoffrey Keating's
charming tale Bóthar na Mias, the Road of the Dishes. About 5 miles south of
Durlas Guaire, just over the border in the Burren of Co. Clare, Guaire's
brother Saint Mochua and a student priest were camped at a well observing
Lent, not far from Corcomroe Abbey (Yeats: The Dreaming of the Bones). The
student was suffering from the unaccustomed fasting and abstinence and told
Mochua he was going to Guaire to get a square meal with meat. It was dinner
time. Mochua told him to wait, that Guaire was so generous he wouldn't mind
sharing his food. Mochua prayed for a take-away, and at Guaire's castle the
dishes flew off the tables and out of the hands of the servants and floated
down the road.
Guaire and his household mounted their horses and chased after the dishes.
The dishes arrived at Mochua's camp. Mochua told the student to fill his
belly. Just then, Guaire and his people arrived. "But look at all the people
I have to share with." Mochua stuck the visitors: the horses couldn't move,
and the men couldn't get off the horses. When the student had eaten his
fill, Mochua unstuck the horsemen.
As proof that the story is true, Keating says, that stretch of the road is
called Bóthar na Mias. I've seen a relatively recent map with that label on