Curraghmore Gortcloonmore, Waterdale, Mullaghruttery, Gortadooey and Cloghaun townland minor placenames

The minor placenames of the townlands of Gortcloonmore, Waterdale, Mullaghruttery, Gortadooey and Cloghaun, in the parish of Claregalway, Co. Galway

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The minor placenames of the townlands of Curraghmore, Gortcloonmore, Waterdale, Mullaghruttery, Gortadooey and Cloghaun, Claregalway, Co. Galway

This post concerns the minor placenames to the north of the parish of Claregalway in the townlands of

During the mid 19th century, much of this area comprised un-reclaimed bog and rough ground, particularly to the west of the parish in the townland of Curraghmore, where, prior to the construction of the Curraghline in the 1860s, according to Griffiths valuation (1848-1864) only three people lived.  Similarly, the townland of Gortcloonmore was also sparsely populated dsuring this time, with just 12 residents in a small village to the southeast of the townland in the 1860s – the remainder of Gortcloonmore largely comprised bog prior to drainage of the land. Just 18 people are recorded as living in the townland of Gortadooey in Griffiths Valuation although with considerably better land than Gortcloonmore according to the Ordnance Survey Name Books: 

‘...the property of James Lambert, Esq., Cregg of Clare. All under tillage and near its north end is a remarkable fort on the Parish boundary. The road from Claregalway to Shrule bounds its west side. Near its eastern side stands a Trigl. Station’

Liscananaun Village (Vernacular Settlement) on the northern bank of the Waterdale River in the parish of Lackagh during the mid-19th Century. A Quay is later built to access the Waterdale River

The quality of land improves moving eastward from the bogs, and historical settlement in this area reflects this. A small part of the townland of Waterdale is named as Cloghaun and located in the parish of Claregalway, with the remainder of Cloghaun townland being in the parish of Lackagh near the exceptionally dense vernacular settlement of Liscananaun – a very interesting area  on the northern bank of the Waterdale River with medieval settlement worthy of study. Liscananuan is even marked on William Petty’s Hiberniae Delineatio (c.1672). The townland of Waterdale itself is interesting, not just for the presence of Waterdale Demesne in the 19th century, but that the original name Eochaill/Owghell (from which Waterdale is likely derived) is recorded in 1591 and suggestive of continuous settlement in the this area from at least the High-to-Late Medieval period. A ringfort located on the Waterdale Demesne in the townland indicates earlier Gaeilic settlement. Adjacent to this is the townland of Mullaghruttery, meaning ‘the Knights hilltop’, again supporting the idea that this part of Claregalway/Lackagh parish was important to Gaelic society. 

Our work in the townlands during 2020 identified 69 new 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 Mary Costello, Peter Greally, P. Keane, Michael O’Connell, George Fox and Gerry Forde. A special thank you to John Duffy who submitted additional placenames in the townland of Waterdale that he collected from Peggy Duffy. The placenames collected refer to fields, wells, houses, bótharíns, burial places, 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.


TownlandPlacename (Gaeilge)Placename (English)CollectorInformant
ClochaunCloughánSeamus O’ConnellMary Costello
ClochaunRíascaSeamus O’ConnellMary Costello
ClochaunBridgeSeamus O’ConnellMary Costello
ClochaunRíascaSeamus O’ConnellMary Costello
ClochaunDuggans HouseSeamus O’ConnellMary Costello
ClochaunMary CostellosSeamus O’ConnellMary Costello
CurraghmoreEanachSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
CurraghmoreFoslachSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
CurraghmoreEanachSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
CurraghmoreFoslachSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
CurraghmoreCurragh LineSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
CurraghmoreFeeny’s HouseSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
CurraghmoreBurke’s HouseSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
CurraghmoreCurraghmore BridgeSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
GortadooeyGreally’s Herd HouseSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyMóin Bán BogSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyIRA Prison/Detention CentreSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyTuairínSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyMartin Greally’s FieldSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyClaisCloshSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyLime KilnSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyWatch out towerSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyCappa OwenSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyCeann an GarraíSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyWellSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyTomás’ GarraíSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyFootpathSeamus O’ConnellPeter Greally
GortadooeyRíascaSeamus O’ConnellSeamus O’Connell
GortcloonmoreThe CurraghSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreThe Forest FieldSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreThe Furze FieldSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreQualters FieldSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreThe Well FieldSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreWalshesSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreBog OakSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreThe Curragh BeagSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreLoch BeagSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreSpring WellSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreLoftus’Seamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
GortcloonmoreCurragh BrochaSeamus O’ConnellGerry Forde
MullaghrutteryCoilléarQuarry FieldSeamus O’ConnellP. Keane
MullaghrutteryThe Big FieldSeamus O’ConnellP. Keane
MullaghrutteryThe Hill FieldSeamus O’ConnellP. Keane
MullaghrutteryThe Closh FieldSeamus O’ConnellP. Keane
MullaghrutteryThe Corner FieldSeamus O’ConnellP. Keane
MullaghrutteryMiddle FieldSeamus O’ConnellP. Keane
MullaghrutteryGarraí BánSeamus O’ConnellP. Keane
MullaghrutteryThe Plum FieldSeamus O’ConnellMicheal O’Connell
MullaghrutteryThe Well FieldSeamus O’ConnellMicheal O’Connell
MullaghrutteryDuffy’s FieldSeamus O’ConnellMicheal O’Connell
MullaghrutterySeven AcresSeamus O’ConnellMicheal O’Connell
MullaghrutteryRoad FieldSeamus O’ConnellMicheal O’Connell
MullaghrutterySean PaircSeamus O’ConnellGeorge Fox
MullaghrutteryPaircínSeamus O’ConnellGeorge Fox
MullaghrutteryApple GardenSeamus O’ConnellGeorge Fox
WaterdaleTobar (Peter Feeny’sSeamas O’ConnellSeamas O’Connell
WaterdaleClochá RiverSeamas O’ConnellSeamas O’Connell
WaterdaleMóin BánSeamas O’ConnellSeamas O’Connell
WaterdaleCillínSeamas O’ConnellSeamas O’Connell
WaterdaleLéana na ClochaSeamas O’ConnellSeamas O’Connell
WaterdaleRyans FieldSeamas O’ConnellSeamas O’Connell
WaterdaleRíascaighSeamas O’ConnellSeamas O’Connell
WaterdalePol na HiskinnJohn DuffyPeggy Duffy
WaterdaleTobar Na LickaJohn DuffyPeggy Duffy
WaterdaleRiascaíJohn DuffyPeggy Duffy
WaterdaleThe LawnJohn DuffyPeggy Duffy
WaterdaleLeana ClochaJohn DuffyPeggy Duffy
WaterdaleSean TraideJohn DuffyPeggy Duffy
This page was added on 18/05/2022.

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