Cahergowan or Summerfield

Cathair Ghabhain nó Páirc an tSamhraidh

Claregalway Parish History 750 Years, 1999

Cahergowan placename stone CC BY-NC-ND
Summerfield placename stone
Clogher Name Stone, 1996
Josette Farrell,

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Cahergowan is unusual in that it had two official names, Summerfield and Cahergowan. Both are used but Cahergowan would be used more frequently. This townland is large and has always been heavily populated. Clogher or Clochár is an old name that indicates a monastic settlement. The Taylor and Skinner road map of 1777 shows Summerville Blake Esq. as the occupant of the big house. At the back of the ball alley there is an old ruin of a church and this was used as a burial ground until recently.

Name(s): Cahergowan or Summerfield(Summerville)

Gaeilge: Cathair Ghabhain nó Páirc an tSamhraidh

Meaning(s): Fort of the blacksmith or calves

DescriptionThe land is mainly arable with some outcrop of rock and hazel and some low-lying land that is liable to flooding. There is also some bog but no turf is cut there now. Area 841 acres 0 roods and 25 perches.

Situated: The river Clare separates it from the townland of Claregalway and it stretches along the N17 as far as Pollaghrevagh and on the western side it adjoins Montiagh South.

Sub-domination(s): Clogher, Casuala, Carrow Keel, Páircín na bPoll, Poll na gCapall, Tobar Padraic (Spring Well), Cnocán Droighnean, Cúinne na Sceach, Cnocán Lurghan and Garaide an Uisce

Boundaries-townland(s)Cregboy, Pollaghrevagh(Englishfield), Montiagh South, Claregalway, Lakeview

Civil & Church of Ireland ParishClaregalway – Claregalway Civil Parish (John Grenham)

Barony: Dunkellin – Connacht Baronies

District Electoral Division (DED): ClaregalwayMap of Ireland

Poor Law Union (PLU): Galway (Poor Law Valuation) – Poor Law Unions (1851) Claregalway

County: Galway –

Diocese: The Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora – Galway Rural  

Province: Connacht(Connaught)


The Down Survey Map

(1650’s)  No townland description information available for Cahergowan or Summerfield in Claregalway in the Barony of Dunkellin. (Barony of Galway records destroyed in 1711)

Down Survey Landowners/cahergowan


O’Donovan’s field names book 1838 

Cahergowan or Summerfield



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: (Pre 1911)  

Boyle, Burke(John), Burke(Michael), Clanmorris, Cody, Cogwell, Conor, Corkett (Corcuit), Cullinane, (O)Donoghue, Duffy, Duggan, Egan, Fahy, Flaherty, Flesk, Ford, Fox, Glynn, Gobbobs, Hession Hessian, Holland, Hughes, Joyce, Kelly, Lenehan, Lenihan, Lynskey, Moloney, Moran, Murphy, Prendergast, Ross, Tully, Walsh, Williams, Wren and Ward



Bingham, Blake, Lord Clanmorris (Bingham Family)



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(Claregalway Parish)


Tithe Applotments (c1827)

The names of occupiers and the size of their agricultural holdings, over one acre only, in each townland. To determine the amount that they should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. (

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Roman Catholic Parish Registers


Griffith Valuation’s

Primary Valuation of Ireland

A survey involving a detailed valuation of every taxable holding of agricultural or built property on the island of Ireland. Completed between 1864-1865 . Date of Publication for Claregalway was 1855. (

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General Registry of Office (GRO) Records


Census of Ireland (1821- 1911)

  • 1821 vs 1831 (General Parish Population Only)
  • 1831 (Summary of Returns for Claregalway Parish Only)
  • 1841 (Summary of Returns for Parish Only)
  • 1851 (Summary of Returns for Townlands Only)
  • 1861 (Summary of Returns for Townlands Only)
  • 1871 (Summary of Returns for Townlands Only)
  • 1881 (Summary of Returns for Townlands Only)
  • 1891 (Summary of Returns for Townlands Only)
  • 1901 (Cahergowan and Summerfield)
  • 1911 (Cahergowan and Summerfield)



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Taylor & Skinner: Maps of the Roads of Ireland Surveyed 1777

by George Taylor, Andrew Skinner


Sites and Monuments Record

Medieval village and burial ground was located in the townland of Cahergowan or Summerfield and the barony of Dunkellin in 2010-11. Dig was completed by Rubicon Heritage Services


Index and Transcripts of memorials of deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929

by Registry of Deeds, Dublin


Archaeological Survey of Ireland (ASI)

The Archaeological Survey of Ireland (ASI) is a unit of the National Monuments Service.



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