Townlamds of Drumlane

The origins of the townland names of Drumlane (indeed of any parish) are fascinating, partially because so many of them have origins which are bathed in mystery. Some are simple enough to understand, because they are descriptive of the landscape; others refer to activities which were carried on there long ago. But others are more tantalising. The quest for meaning is not helped by the fact that the pronunciation (and spelling) of locations have changed over time, and even a small modification can render a townland name meaningless.


Aghavilla (Achadh an bhile), Field of the ancient tree

Ardan (Ardán), The little height.

Ardonan (Ard Donáin), Donan’s hill

Ardoohy (Ard Dubhaigh), Duffy’s height

Ardue (Ard Aodha), Hugh’s height

Artidowney (Ard Te Domhnaigh0 Hill or height of Downey’s house

Artonagh (Ard tonach), High marsh or quagmire

Ashgrove (Garran na Bhfuinnseog), Grove of ash trees

Ballyhugh (Bealach Aodha), Hugh’s road or pass

Ballynamanan (Báile na meanáin), Homestead of the kids

Brankill (Breanchoil), Raven wood

Bulligs (Bullóga), Knolls or humps in the ground

Branfield (Bran gort), Raven field

Bunnanamery (Bun an iomaire), Foot or end of the ridge

Coldrach (Cealldrach), An old burial place

Camalier (Camladhar), A crooked fork (on a road or river)

Carrigan (An carraigin), The little rock)

Carrowfarnaghan (Ceathrú fearnachain), The quarterland of the  alders

Clonamullig (Cluan na mbulóg), Meadow of the knolls

Clontycoo (Clauinte cúnga), Narrow meadows

Clowney (Cluanaí), Meadows

Clowninny (Cluain Eithne), Eithne’s meadows

Coragh (Corrach), A moor

Corcanadas (Corr cheannadais), Hill of the chief fort

Corglas (Cor ghlas), Green hill

Corgreagh (Cor ghréich), Hill of the bog or moorland

Cornadarragh (Cor na darach), Hill of the oak tree

Cornagrow (Cor na gCró), Hill of the huts or sheds

Cornaleck (Cor na leice), Hill of the flagstones

Corraback (Corr a’ bhaic), Hill of the bend

Corraquill (Corr an choil), Hill of the hazel bush

Creeny (An Crionaí), The withered place

Cuillaghan (Coilleachán), A place abounding in hazels

Daralk (Doire fhalc), Oak wood of the floods

Deramfield (Doire amchoil), Oak wood

Derrybrick (Doire bhroic), Oak wood of the badgers

Derrygeerahan (Doire Mhic Ghaoirechain), McGahern's wood

Derryhoo (doire shó), Oak wood of the berries

Derryvackney (Doire Mhic Nia), Mac Nia's wood

Derryvehil (doire an mhetheil), Oak wood of the reapers

Derryvoney (Doire mhóna), Oak wood of the bog

Droghill (droch choill), Bad wood

Drumalee (Droim an lao), Ridge of the calf

Drummany Beg, Glebe, Montiaghs,    
   Pleydell, rahan (Droim eanaigh), Ridge of the marsh

Drumasladdy (Droim a' Sladaí), Ridge of the robbers

Drumbarlom (Droim Bairr Loim), Ridge of the bare hilltop

Drumbvrughas (Droim brughais), Ridge of the hill-fort or dwelling

Drumcole (Droim cual), Ridge of the faggots

Drumgart (Droim goirt), Ridge of the ploughed field

Drumgesh (Droim geis), Ridge of the spell or charm

Drumheel (Droimn shiail), Sheil's ridge

Drumherriff (Droim thairbh), Ridge of the bull

Drumkeen (Droim caoin), Pleasant ridge

Drumkerrill (Droim cairéil), Quarry ridge

Drumlougher (Droim Luchra), Rushy ridge

Drummmullagh (Droim mullach), Ridge of the summit

Drumnoose (Droim Núis), Ridge of the biestings

Drumquill (Droim coill), Ridge of the hazel

Drumrush (Droim rois), Ridge of the wood

Feedarragh (Fiodh darrach), Oakwood

Feugh Bishop (Fiodhach easpaig), A wooded place

Feugh (Maxwell) (fiodhach maxwell), A wooded place

Foalies (Fualaí), A wet spewy place

Garfinny (Garbhfhannaí), Rough hilltop

Gartacara (Gort an chara), Field of the weir

Gortaquill (Gort an choill), Field of the hazel

Gartbrattan (Gort Bratain), Bratan's field

Glen (An ghleann), The valley

Greaghrahan (Greach rathain), The bog or moor of the little fort

Greathill (modern) (Cnoc Mór), Big hill

Keenaghan (Caoanachan), Mossy land

Kilconny (Coill an chonnaidh), Wood of the firewood

Kilcorby (Coill Chorbaigh), Corby's wood

Killicar (Coillo an chair) , Rock of the wood

Killyfern (Coilidh fearna), Alder wood

Killynahar (Coill an athair), The fathers' wood

Killywilly (Coill an bhaile), Wood of the homesteads

Kilnacranagh (Coill na Cránach), Wood of the sow

Kilnaglare (Coill na gClár), Wood of the boards or planks

Lagan (Lagan), A little hollow

Lisnamaina (Lios na mainge), Fort of the rounded peak or hillock

Loughdooly (Loch Dúlaoich), Dooly's lake

Macknan (Meacnaon), A place where tuberous plants grow

Meeltog (Maoltog), A knoll or hillock

Milltown (modern) (Baile an Mhuillinn), Town of the mill
    Old name Belnaleck (Beal Atha na leice), The mouth (gully) of the   ford of the flagstones

Moher (Mothar), A clump of trees

Money (Muine), A shrubbery

Mullaghboy (Mullach buí), Yellow summit

Mullaghmeen (Mullach Mín), Smooth summit

Mullahaffrin (Mullach an Aiffrinn), Summit of the Mass

Mullanwarry *Mullach an bhaire), Summit of the game or contest

Naheelis (Na hIallais), Place of the bind weeds (convulvulus)

Noghan (An Namhachan), The small cave

Portacloher (Port an clochain), The bank or landing place of
   the stony pass

Portlawney (Port leamhnaigh), The bank or landing place of the elms     lit. where elms grow in profusion

Quivvy (Ciabhach or Ciobhaigh), Place where long coarse grass   g  grows

Rahagan (Rath eochain) , Eochain's fort

Raheelan (Rath chaolain), Keelan's fort

Rafian (Rath Fian), Fian's fort

Rinn or Rann (An rinn), A point of land or peninsular

Rogary (Ruagharraí), The red garden

Tawlaght (Tamhlacht), A plague grave

Teemore (Tigh  Mór), The big house

Tirgormley (Tir Ghormaile), Gormley's land

Tirliffin (Tir Luifinn), Weedy country

Tomassan (Tuam Easain), Easan's grave-mound or tumulus

Tomkinroad (Tom chin roid), The bush at the head of the road
(A local tradition ascribes the location to the site of an event in the Ulster cycle. The name comes from Tuam chinn ruadh, or the grave of the red head.)

Tonyarraher (Tamhnaigh arrachair), The field of the tillage

Tully (Tulaigh), (dat. Form) A hill

Tullyanog (tulaigh fheannóg), Hill of the scald crows

Ture (An t-Iúr), The yew tree

Uragh (Iurach), A place abounding in yew trees

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