Claregalway townland minor placenames

The minor placenames of the townland of Claregalway, Claregalway, Co. Galway

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The minor placenames of the townland of Claregalway, Claregalway, Co. Galway

The townland of Claregalway covers an area of approximately 585 acres, north and west of the modern village of Claregalway. At the time of the Ordnance Survey in the 1830s, Claregalway was recorded in the Ordnance Survey Name Books as being ‘the property of Lord Clanmorris. 2/3ds. bog, the remainder under tillage and subject to winter floods. It contains a large village of houses near its centre. Contains the ruins of an Abbey.’

At the time of this survey Claregalway is recorded locally as Baile Chláir. The meaning of Baile is easily understood as townland/town/homestead. However, the precise meaning of Cláir in the context of Claregalway has been debated. One clear and common interpretation is that Cláir refers to a plain, and to the flat and relatively featureless landscape through which the River Clare flows, lending its name to the village and townaland of Claregalway as it flows through it. Another interpretation is ‘Town of the Plank,’ which may refer to a plank used for crossing the River Clare.

Browne’s 1581 Map of Connacht showing Claregalway Village as ‘Clare’

Our work in the townland during 2020 identified 44 minor placenames and places of interest known locally within the townland. These are marked on the map below, and included in tabulated format. These placenames were collected by Seamus O’Connell from Tom Hughes and Paddy O’Connell. The placenames collected refer to fields, wells, rocks, houses, trees, ringforts, and other elements of the local landscape.

This work is on-going. If you know of any other minor placenames in the parish of Claregalway that may be of interest, and you would like to contribute to our survey, please do get in touch.


Placename (Gaeilge)Placename (English)CollectorInformant
Tobar DubhSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Sand PitSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Garraí WaitearSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Big FieldSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
PaircínSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Ríasca (Greallys)Seamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Ríasca (Morans)Seamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
RíascaSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Moran’s EascaSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Bog GardenSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Móinín RibeachSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Ryan’s WellSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Holland’s RíascaSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Herds HouseSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Móin BánSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
GowlawnsSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Leana RuadhSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Well SpringSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Cullinan’s CurrachSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
MoinearMeadowSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Cloonbiggen StreamSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Hughes Road FieldSeamus O’ConnellTom Hughes
Moated SiteSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Parish FieldSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
The New GraveyardSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
ForgeSeamus O’ConnellTom Hughes
CnocánSeamus O’ConnellTom Hughes
PáircínSeamus O’ConnellTom Hughes
Field near RyansSeamus O’ConnellTom Hughes
RíascaSeamus O’ConnellTom Hughes
Cuine CáirnSeamus O’ConnellPaddy O’Connell
Stone PillarSeamus O’ConnellTom Hughes
FootpathSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Kiniska River BridgeSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
FootpathSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Herds HouseSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Boreen Lachagh or LachachSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Deciduous TreesSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Lone treeSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Claregalway CastleSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Franciscan FriarySeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Ryan’s FieldSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Old River BedSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
Nine Arches BridgeSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
This page was added on 16/02/2022.

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