They travelled on the side of the Ballyvourney mountains over the old track and over what is now called Healy's Mountain at Curracahill and crossed down over Coom- a-Ceo, a small hill west of Claragh and into what is now Michael Stephen Riordan's land at Kippagh. (They continued) on to the Blackwater and crossed at the Boinng Ford. There was no possibility of crossing the Blackwater anywhere else in winter except at Banteer.
They got food and hospitality from O'Keeffe at the Boinng Castle but no shelter and they had to leave quickly as O'Keeffe had settled with Carew not to give any assistance to O'Sullivan Beare. East from the Boinng at Knocanair (hill of slaughter), now Flintfield, some followers of O'Keeffe attacked them. Some years ago bones and military equipment were dug up there. The McCarthys were waiting at Kilmeedy to attack them, also the McCarthys of Drishane. All the McCarthy clans had agreed with the English not to give any assistance - hence their crossing at Coom-a-Ceo.
After Flintfield they went through Maher to Derrinatubrid and on to Clonfert. Here they were hospitably received by McAuliffe. While they were there they heard that the Barrys of Buttevant were coming to fight them so they could not go north to the Shannon but had to go east to Ardfinnan and on to the Glen of Aherlow.