Claregalway

Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe

Claregalway Parish History 750 Years, 1999

Claregalway Name Stone, 1996
Josette Farrell, Claregalway.info
Cloonbiggen Name Stone, 1996
Josette Farrell, claregalway.info
OS Map 1840 6" Claregalway CC BY NC-ND
places.galwaylibrary.ie

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Description

The Claregalway townland stretches from the Claregalway bridge to the Garda barracks and westward along the river as far as Gortcloonmore. The village of Claregalway itself does not lie within this townland. The parish name was taken from this townland possibly because the original church was located on the grounds of the 13th century Franciscan Friary, one of the main landmarks in the area. Claregalway’s present-day graveyard surrounds the ruins of the Friary. A short distance from the Friary stands Claregalway Castle, overlooking the Clare River. The Nine Arches bridge also lies within the Claregalway townland. A new landmark is the SMA House opposite the Friary.

Cloonbiggen is a better known name for part of Claregalway townland. A reference exists in an article about the Friary in 1837 when six acres of land in Cloynbiggan were given to the friars.

There is also a small river, which rises from a spring near Loughgeorge, and it flows through Cloonbiggen into the Clare River. There are some spring wells in this area also. One is known as Tobar Dubh. The land is mainly good but some of it is low lying and liable to flooding in winter.

The origin of the name Claregalway is not clear. Variations used in the past include ‘Baile an Chláir’ meaning ‘Town of the Plank,’ (used for crossing the river) and ‘Town of the Plain.’ Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe is a direct translation of Claregalway and has been in use for the last eighty years.

Name(s): Claregalway, Clar ya dowl townlands.ie/claregalway

Gaeilge: Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe  logainm.ie/claregalway

Meaning(s): Town on the plain

Description: Variations used in the past include ‘Baile an Chláir’ meaning ‘Town of the Plank,’ (used for crossing the river) and ‘Town of the Plain.’

Situated: The Claregalway townland stretches from the Claregalway bridge to the Garda barracks and westward along the river as far as Gortcloonmore.

Sub-dominations: Cloonbiggen, Móinín Ríbeach, Léana, Cúinne Cam, Bóithrín Ó Kane and Bóithrín Lachach

Boundaries-townland(s): Cahergowan, Gortacloonmore, Gortadooey, Kiniska, Lecarrowmore, Loughgeorge, Montiagh North and South, Peake, Rooaunmore

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

Barony: Clare – Connacht Baronies

District Electoral Division (DED): ClaregalwayMap of Ireland

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

County: Galway – galway.ie

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

Province: Connacht(Connaught)

 

The Down Survey Map

(1650’s)

Down Survey Landowners/claregalway

 

O’Donovan’s field names book 1838 

Claregalway

 

 

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Families

: (Pre 1911)  

Allen, Byrne, Casserly, Duggan, Finnerty and Ryan

 

Landlord(s)

Lord Clanmorris (Bingham)

 

 

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Records

(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. (titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie)

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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. (askaboutireland.ie)

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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 (Claregalway) (Barrack Residents)
  • 1911 (Claregalway) (Barrack Residents)

 

 

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Research

 

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

by Registry of Deeds, Dublin

familysearch.org/registryofdeeds/search/

 

Archaeological Survey of Ireland (ASI)

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

  • Castle – tower house – GA070-036
  • Bawn – GA070-036001
  • Settlement – medieval – GA070-109
  • Graveyard – GA070-035002
  • Water mill – GA070-035027
  • Religious house – Franciscan friars – GA070-035001
  • Loughgeorge/Laghtgeorge Garda Station – Reg. No. 30407010

archaeology.ie/historicenvironment/

 

 

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This page was added on 25/04/2016.

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