Montiagh, South

Móinteach Theas

Claregalway Parish History 750 years, 1999

Montiagh Name Stone, 1996
Josette Farrell,
Montiagh South 6" OS 1840's Map

Google Maps, Montiagh South













As the river is so close to the village, boats were very important in the past for the transporting of turf, hay and other products. They were also used for shooting and fishing. The type of boat that was used was a flat bottom boat, which was suitable for travelling over flooded land.

There are none of those boats in use now, only the standard lake boats. Fishing was a very important part of the lifestyle in Montiagh in the past. Salmon were very plentiful then and the catch would be transported to hotels in Galway City, hidden in cartloads of turf.

The land is mainly low-lying except where the village is situated, and in winter is liable to flooding. Most of the land is good pasture. There is also some bog, and turf is still cut there.

There was a hedge school here as well in the past. Tomásín was the name of the teacher and his reward for the teaching of the pupils was vegetables and groceries. There was also a lisheen there, but no child has been buried there since the 1930s. As in the parish of Claregalway, Irish was the spoken language, but it survived more so in Montiagh than in other parts of the parish.


Name(s): Montiagh, South

Gaeilge: Móinteach Theas

Meaning(s): House of Turf

DescriptionThe land is low-lying and floods in the winter but it is good pastureland in summer.

Situated: The townland of Montiagh is located along the Clare River between Cahergowan, Cloon and Pollaghrevagh and at the extreme westside it adjoins Sylaun in the parish of Castlegar. 

Sub-domination(s): Leana, An Barlan, Garraí Bán, Garraí Beag, Gort Clúain mBuilan, Oileán na mBad, Oilean Fada, Bearna Bhuí, An Cheibh, Garraí na Móna and Bóithrín na Blathaí

Boundaries-townland(s)Cahergowan, Claregalway, Cloon, Montiagh, South and Pollaghrevagh (Claregalway) Sylaun (Castlegar)

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) Claregalway

County: Galway –

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

Province: Connacht(Connaught)


The Down Survey Map


Down Survey Landowners/montiagh-south


O’Donovan’s field names book 1838 

Montiagh South



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: (Pre 1911)  

Burke, Collins, Duggan, Glynn, Heavey, Lenihan, Moran, Noone, Thorpey, Keany and Wall



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 (Montiagh, South)
  • 1911 (Montiagh, South)



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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.

  • Children’s Burial Grounds – GA069-032



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