Logainmneacha - Placenames




In Kilnagross N.S. we did a study of placenames in Leitrim. It is very exciting trying to find out how towns, villages and town lands got their names. We discovered that place names, in general get their names from some physical feature or some famous person who lived there. The early settlers in this country often chose to live on a river -bank. They usually picked a spot where the water was shallow enough to be crossed on foot. Many of our towns and villages got their names from these river settlements. We must remember that the way a word is spelled has changed over the years.

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Physical Features

Baile Town
Ath Ford
Carraig Rock
Droim Ridge
Doire Wood
Lios Fort
Coill Wood
Achadh Field
Eanach Marsh


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The towns and villages of County Leitrim

Place Name


Grey Ridge Liathdroim is a county of rolling hills
Carrick on Shannon Cara Droma Ruisc The weir of the ridge of the marsh
Mohill Maothail A wet spongy place
Drumshanbo Druim Sean Bhoth Ridge of the old huts or tents.
Manorhamilton Cluainin Ui Ruairc O'Rourke's meadowland
Dromahaire Druim Dha Ethiar Ridge of the two demons
Carrigallen Carraig Alainn Beautiful rock or rocky hill
Kinlough Ceann Locha Head or hill of the lake (Melvin)
Keshcarrigan Ceis Carraigin The causeway of the rock or rocky hill
Coillte Clochair Woods of the stony ground
Cloone Cluain Good pasture, a green arable spot
Jamestown Cill Srianain St. Srianan's Church
Drumsna Druim Snamha Ridge of the swimming ford
Dromod Druim Fhada Long ridge or hill
Leitrim Liath Druim Grey ridge
Newtowngore Magh Angaidhe Plain of the angaidhe
Fenagh Fiodhna A woody place
Ballinamore Beal an Atha Mhoir Mouth of the great ford
Drumkeeran Druim Caorthainn Ridge of the mountain ash or rowan tree
Ballinaglera Baile na gCleireach Town of the clerics


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The Parishes of County Leitrim

The earliest parish maps for County Leitrim are the Down Survey maps compiled in 1657. The purpose of the maps was to identify land, which fell back into Irish hands after the Cromwellian victory in the Confederacy wars. They are an important source for place names.

Parish Name


Ceann Locha Head of the hill or the lake
Cloonclare Cluain Clair Meadowland of the plain
Drumreilly Droim Oir Bhealaigh Ridge of the eastern road or pass.
Ballinagleara Baile na gCleireach Town of the clerics
Glenade Gleann Eada Valley of jealousy
Ballaghmeehan Bealach Ui Mhithighein O'Meehan's pass
Killasnet Cill Osnata St Osnat's Church or cell
Drumlease Drum Lias Ridge of the huts or tents
Killargue Cill Fhearga Ferg's Church
Innismagrath Inis Mac Ratha. Island of Magrath
Killanummery Cill an Iomaire Church of the ridge
Ballinaglera Baile na gCleireach Town of the clerics
Oughteragh Uachtar Achaidh Top of the field
Kiltubrid Cill Tiobraid Church of the well
Murhaun Murthan A little mound, a fortified place
Carrigallen Carraig Alainn. Beautiful rock or rocky hill
Aughavas Achadh Easa Field of the cascade
Cloone Cluain Good pasture, a green arable spot
Gortletteragh Gort Leitreach. Field of the wet hillside
Mohill Maothail A wet spongy place
Annaduff Eanach Dubh Black marsh
Kiltoghert Cill Tochairt Church of St. Tochairt
Bornacoola Bothar na Cula Road of the corner or angle
Fenagh Fiodhna A woody place
Drumreilly Druim Oir Bheallaigh The ridge of the Eastern road or pass


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Kilnagroos National School wish to thank

Mr. Michael Whelan of Aughnavas

for his generosity in permitting us to use this material

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