Information about Claregalway

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Irish Form of Name:
Baile Chláir
town of the plain
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Baile Chláir
Clare Galway
Baile an Clair 4 masters
Clare Galway B. S. Sketch Map
Clare Galway Barony Map
Clare Beauforts Map of Ireland
Clare Carlisles Townland Dictionary
Clare County Book
Clareglaway County Map
Clare Down Survey M.55
Clare Inq. Temp. Eliz.
Claregalway Local
Claregalway Abbey and Castle Local
Ballia Chlár Local
Clare Printed Townland List
Townland, it is 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.See page 11 of name book to [Unable to read.] of the Parish.
It is situated nearly central in the parish about 6 British miles from Galway in direction of Tuam. It is bounded on the North by Gortadoo and Lecar[unable to read]. West by Gortcloonmore and Moantiagh. North and South by Summerfield and Lakeview and East by Kinniska and Loughgeorge.
Information from the Ordnance Survey Letters:
The Ordnance Survey Letters are letters between John O'Donovan and his supervisor, Thomas Larcom, regarding the work of compiling the Field Books. These letters provide further discussion on many of the places listed in the Field Books.
References to this place can be found in the following letter.
  • Volume 1 page 478 to page 481

Information From Griffith's Valution

Area in Acres, Roods and Perches:
585 0 38
Land value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
242 2 4
Building value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
32 4 0
Total value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
258 1 0
Heads of housholds living in the townland at this time:

Townland Information

What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
Claregalway is a townland.
Other placesnames in this townland:
Some other placenames in or near this townland are...

Information From Maps

Original OS map of this area.
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Ireland was first mapped in the 1840s. These original maps are available online.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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You can use this link to view a map of archaelogical features.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service

Neighbouring Townlands

List of townlands that share a border with this townland:
This is a list of townlands that share a border with this townland.

Population and Census Information

People who lived here:
You can retrieve a list of people who lived in this townland from 1827 to 1911. This list is compiled from the following resources.
  • The Tithe Applotment Books
  • Griffith's Valuation
  • 1901 Census
  • 1911 Census
List of nineteenth century and early twentieth century inhabitants of this townland.
Church records of births, deaths and marriages:
Church records of births, deaths and marriages are available online at To search these records you will need to know the 'church parish' rather than the 'civil parish'. (The civil parish is the pre-reformation parish and was frequently used as a unit of administration in the past.)
Claregalway is in the civil parish of Claregalway.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Claregalway
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Claregalway
In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same, but, this is not always the case.

Other Sources

Information from the Logainm database.
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