Townland names in Craigavon

Vol. 9 No. 3 - 2011

Townland names in Craigavon

by Rosalind Hadden

Fresh from the 400th anniversary of the Plantation of Ulster in 2009-10, we should not forget that in the modern Craigavon we still have, in daily use, all around us, the townland names of 400 years ago – a practical survival over four centuries of an ancient language which in any other form has now almost disappeared here. It seems a fitting celebration of that survival to record now the townland names of Craigavon and their meanings in the original Irish.

The sources I have used include the published works of Dr Kay Muhr and her colleagues at the Ulster Place-Names project, e.g. A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names (2007), Lough Neagh Places (2007), and the web-site; the Census of Ireland Index of Townlands published in Dublin in 1861 (using details from the 1851 Census); but in particular Mr Gerry Oates, an experienced Irish scholar from Armagh who has a wide knowledge of local place names and personal names in this area, and who has referenced also the late Dean Mooney’s work. Finally, it was the late Philip Wilson of the Craigavon Museum Service who first set out to make an accurate list of the local townlands. Any mistakes however are all my own.

To start, one must realise that while townland names had been in existence for centuries all over Ireland, they would have been written in Irish - if written at all - until at the Plantation of Ulster the new administrators had to record them in English spelling. This was a virtually impossible task, as anyone will know who has tried to learn Irish: the noises made by speakers of the two languages are not the same and cannot be accurately expressed by the same alphabet. (For one thing, written Irish – like French – uses accents which alter a letter’s sound.)

So in the Craigavon area what we have from Plantation times are townland names as spoken in Gaelic (no doubt with rich local accents), and interpreted by non-Gaelic speakers (no doubt with rich 17th-century spelling habits even in English). Sometimes it may not even be possible to discern the original Irish name among the mists of memory and variant spellings. I have done my best to provide only a brief introduction to this fascinating subject.

In townland names the words that describe the physicality of a place – a hill (Knock or Drum or Tully), a marsh (Annagh), a ford (Ath) etc – occur again and again, all over Ireland. But one unexpected finding in this study has been that so many of the Craigavon townland names occur nowhere else in Ireland: they are very specific, often unique to this area, preserving fragments of memory of a long-lost time when a particular place – maybe a particular field - was the one where a particular person lived. (I have noted cases where exactly the same name does occur elsewhere.)

There are over 200 townlands in Craigavon, so to make reference easier they are listed here in alphabetical order by the (old) civil parish, each with a number to link them to our map. Those who wish more detail can see the actual townland boundaries on the 1973 Ordnance Survey map. The 15 parishes in order of size are the big three central ones: Drumcree which has 66 townlands within Craigavon boundaries, Seagoe with 47 townlands and Shankill with 25; after them come Magheralin (27), Tartaraghan (18), Donacloney (14), Aghagallon (13) and Montiaghs (10), followed by very small numbers for Tullylish (5), Kilmore (2), Moira (2), Aghalee (1), Ballinderry (1), Glenavy (1) and Seapatrick (1). The reason for these widely varying numbers is of course that the boundaries for the new city of Craigavon were drawn heedlessly over the top of the old original land divisions of townland-within-parish-within-barony-within-county – in fact we are probably fortunate that the townland names survived at all.

The old parish of Seagoe was itself the subject of a valuable historical booklet published in 1954 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dromore; this included a detailed analysis of its townland names by Dean Mooney, who some years later became the first chairman of the newly-formed Craigavon Historical Society. This “Parish of Seagoe” booklet, having been out of print for many years, has recently been reprinted by the Craigavon Historical Society. A special launch party for it was held in the autumn of 2012 to mark some 40 years since the new Roman Catholic parish of Moyraverty was formed by combining some of the old Seagoe townlands with other townlands in the immediate area of the new urban settlement of Craigavon. But my list, like Dean Mooney’s, is based on the old Seagoe.

Townland boundaries themselves – if there were ever any very visible ones on the ground – have of course often been altered over the years. In general, however, historians seem to think that townland sizes usually reflected the quality of the land: in fertile places the townlands were smaller, and in boggier or more thickly forested places they were bigger. In the area round Lough Neagh, however, the several lowerings of the Lough’s water-level over the past 150 years or so have added large acreages of potentially very fertile land to the water-side townlands, which may today therefore contain substantially more acres than the figures quoted here from the 1861 Index to the Townlands of Ireland as recorded in the 1851 Census.

In these lists the current name is given first with the map reference, followed by the wildly varying acreage (to the nearest whole acre – divide by 2.4 to get it in hectares), and then my best guess at the original Irish name and its English meaning, together with a few explanatory notes – but please follow up the sources yourself if you want the full story.

Townlands are grouped by parish – starting with Tartaraghan in the east and working westwards towards Aghalee in the east. Reference numbers (Ref.) in tables refer to the number on key map.
Parish of Tartaraghan – 17 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Oneilland West (County Armagh). Irish Tarth Araghan meaning Araghan’s house-site. Total acreage of parish 11,612 including 1,917 Lough Neagh, 204 small loughs
Townland (acres) IrishMeaning
  1. Ballynarry (579)Baile na nAireamhTownland of the ploughmen (a few others)
  2. Breagh (355)Brí, breaghA low hill
  3. Cloncarrish (190)Cluain caraisMeadow of the rocky hill
  4. Cloncore (548)Cluain corr Meadow of the herons
  5. Clonmacash (196)Cluain Mhic Cais/CoiseMeadow of McCash/McCosh (“Son of foot”, i.e. messenger)
  6. Clonmakate (302)Cluain Mhic CathmhaoilMcCawell/McCall’s meadow
  7. Clontylew (147)Cluainte leamhaMeadows of the elm trees
  8. Derrinraw (907)Doire an ratheOakwood of the fort
  9. Derryaugh (174)Doire eachOakwood of the horses
 10. Derrycaw (269)Doire cathaOakwood of the battle (Two others in Drumcree & Clonfeacle)
 11. Derrykeeran (382)Doire chaoráinOakwood of the bogland
 12. Derrykeevan (277)Doire Uí ChaomháinO’Keevan’s oakwood
 13. Derrylard (595)Doire leathardHalf-raised oakwood (a few similar)
 14. Derrylileagh (419)Doire loilíochOakwood of the milch-cow
 15. Gallrock (244)Gall chlaróc (? O’Donovan 1834) Little flat plain of the foreigners
 16. Maghery (324)An machaire (earlier Machaire grianáin Plain of the sandy place)
 17. Tarthlogue (118)Teach LaoghóigSt. Laoghog’s house/church
Parish of Drumcree – 66 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Oneilland West (County Armagh). Irish Droim Crí, meaning ridge of the boundary: this was the boundary between Clan Can and Clan Brassil west of the River Bann. Total acreage of parish 13,385 including 93 water.
 18. Aghanergill (93)Achadh an eargailField of the oratory/hermitage
 19. Annagh (236)EanachMarsh (Very many others)
 20. Annagora (92)Eanach gabharMarsh of the goats
 21. Annakeera (150)Eanach chaorachMarsh of the sheep
 22. Artabrackagh (547)Arda breacaSpeckled heights
 23. Ballyfodrin (101)Baile PheadairínLittle Peter’s townland
 24. Ballymakeown (127)Baile Mhic EoinMakeown’s townland
 25. Ballynagowan (498)Baile na ngabhannTownland of the smiths (five others across Ireland)
 26. Ballyoran (136)Baile úaráinTownland of the cold spring (six others across Ireland)
 27. Ballyworkan (978)Baile Uí MhuireagáinO’Morgan’s townland
 28. Baltylum (145)Bailte lomaBare townlands
 29. Breagh (240)BríghachHilly place (several others)
 30. Cannagola Beg (133)Ceann na gabhla beag (Small) head of the fork (?)
 31. Cannagola More (223)Ceann na gabhla mór (Big) head of the fork (?)
 32. Canoneill (113)Ceann Ui NéillO’Neill’s head/hill
 33. Clonamola (60)Cluain na malaMeadow of the hill-brow (Very many Clon or Cloon names across Ireland)
 34. Clonmartin (97)Cluain MhairtínMartin’s meadow
 35. Clownagh (295)Cluain eachMeadow of the horses
 36. Coharra (110)Cabrach (?)Poor land
 37. Corbracky (302)Corr bhreacaigheSpeckled round hill
 38. Corcrain (200)Corr chreatháinRound hill of the bushy place
 39. Corcullentragh Beg (161)Corr chuileantraighe bheag (Small) round hill of the holly (a few others)
 40. Corcullentragh More (225)Corr chuileantraighe mhór (Big) round hill of the holly
 41. Cornalack (81)Corr na leacRound hill of the flagstones
 42. Cornamucklagh (130)Corr na muclachRound hill of the piggeries (26 others)
 43. Cushenny (83)CoiseanaighEdge of the marsh
 44. Derryall (363)DoireálOakwood of the broods
 45. Derryanvil (217)Doire ChonamhailConamhail’s oakwood
 46. Derrybrughas (252)DoirebrughaisOakwood of the mansion/fairy dwelling
 47. Derrycaw (172)Doire cathaOakwood of the battle (2 others in Tartaraghan and Clonfeacle parishes)
 48. Derrycory (196)Doire CorraidheCorry’s oakwood (Two similar in Armagh)
 49. Derrykerran (251)Doire caorthannánOakwood of the rowans
 50. Derrylettiff (182)Doire leathtaoibhOakwood on the hillside
 51. Derrymacfall (431)Doire Uí MhaolfábhailMulfall’s oakwood
 52. Derrymattry (118)Doire meidreOakwood of the mether
 53. Derryneskan (214)Doire naoscánOakwood of the wood-snipes
 54. Derryvane (190)Doire bhánWhite oakwood (two others)
 55. Diviny (157)DuibheanaighBlack marshes (one other)
 56. Drumalis (88)Droim a’liosRidge of the fort
 57. Drumcree (162)Droimcrí Ridge of the boundary (between Clan Can and Clan Brassil west of River Bann) (several others)
 58. Drumgoose (95)Droim gCuasRidge of the caves (One other)
 59. Drumharriff (136)Droim thairbhRidge of the bull (Several others)
 60. Druminallyduff (96)Droim an aill duibhRidge of the black cliff
 61. Drumlellum (231)Droim leithloim (?)Ridge of the bare side (?)
 62. Drummenagh (160)Droim meánachMiddle ridge (Several others)
 63. Drumnakelly (484)Dromainn Uí CheallaighO’Kelly’s small ridge
 64. Drumnasoo (332)Droim na subhRidge of berries
 65. Drumnevan (70)Droim NeamháinNevin’s ridge
 66. Farra (84)FarrachShelving land (Very many others)
 67. Foy Beg (214)Faithche beagSmallgreen
 68. Foy More (216)Faithche mórBig green (several others)
 69. Garvaghy (135)Garbh achaidh Rough field (many others)
 70. Kilmagamish (177)Cill Mhic AmuisMacAmish’s church
 71. Kilmoriarty (326)Coill (Mhic) MuircheartaighMoriarty’s/Murty’s wood
 72. Kingarve (180)Ceann garbhRough head/hill
 73. Leganny (58)LiaganachAbounding in stones/rocks
 74. Maghon (291)Magh gamhanPlain of the calves (one other)
 75. Muckery (349)MucairidhePiggeries / where swine feed
 76. Mullantine (276)Mullach an tSiadhain (modern: Mullach a tsiain)Hilltop of the foxglove
 77. Richmount (123)
earlier Aghavellan
Achadh an mhuilinnEnglish name
Field of the mill
 78. Roughan (228)Ruadhchán Reddish land (several others)
 79. Selshion (172)SoilseánPlace of light/bright water (?)
 80. Tavanagh (149)TamhnachField/clearing (very many variants)
 81. Timakeel (199)Tí Mhic CaoilMacKeel’s house
 82. Timulkenny (64)Tí MhaolchainnighMulkenny’s house
 83. Unshinagh (75)UinseanachAbounding in ash trees (several others)
Parish of Montiaghs – 10 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Oneilland East (County Armagh). Irish Na Móinteacha meaning the bogs. Total acreage of parish 18,098, including 12,173 Lough Neagh, 305 L. Gullion, 83 River Bann
 84. Ardmore (333)An aird mhórThe big promontory (many others)
 85. Ballynery (779)Baile na nAireamhTownland of the ploughmen
 86. Derryadd (702)Doire fhadaLong oakwood (a few others)
 87. Derrycor (319)Doire corr Oakwood of the herons (one in Tartaraghan)
 88. Derryinver (837)Doire inbhirOakwood of the outflow/estuary (where R. Bann enters Lough Neagh) (A few others) (One in Galway)
 89. Derryloste (555)Doire loiste Oakwood of the kneading-trough (i.e. fertile ground)
 90. Derrymacash (803)Doire Mhic Cais/CoiseOakwood of McCash/McCosh (“Son of foot”, i.e. messenger) (or Doire ceis – of the wicker causeway ?)
 91. Derrytagh North (266)Doire eiteachOakwood having wings (townland in two parts on either side of Lough Gullion)
 92. Derrytagh South (541)Doire eiteachAs above
 93. Derrytrasna (811)Doire trasnaOakwood running across (One in Co. Laois) (from R. Bann to Lough Neagh)
Parish of Kilmore – 2 Craigavon townlands
Parish in 2 baronies, Oneilland West and these townlands in Orior Lower (both County Armagh). Irish An chill mhór meaning The big/great church (and old: mentioned in 1120). Total acreage of parish 12,474 in barony Oneilland West and 4,799 in barony Orior Lower
 94. Brackagh (760)BreacachSpeckled land (several others)
 95. Unshinagh (172)UinseannachAbounding in ash trees (several others)
Parish of Seagoe – 47 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Oneilland East (County Armagh). Irish Tí do Ghobha, meaning house (or church) of Goban the smith. Total acreage of parish 10,982 (including 1,236 water in Lough Neagh and 40 River Bann)
 96. Aghacommon (222)Achadh camánField of the hurley sticks (or little bends, as perhaps the winding River Closet at N. boundary)
 97. Annaloist (285)Eanach loisteMarsh of the kneading-trough, i.e. fertile ground. Annaloist contains (now marked by Oxford Island Visitor Centre) the site of the ancient graveyard and church known as Kilwilke Glebe, probably the original church of the neighbouring parish of Shankill (Kilwilke from Cill Mhíolchon, church of Míolchú)
 98. Ballydonaghy (122)Baile Uí DhonnchaidhO’Donaghy’s townland (A few others)
 99. Ballygargan (304)Baile Uí GheargáinGargan’s townland
100. Ballyhannon (275)Baile Uí SheanacháinShannon’s/Shanaghan’s townland (a few others)
101. Ballymacrandal (169)Baile Mhic RaghnáillMacRandal’s townland
102. Ballynacor (320)Baile na coraTownland of the weir or causeway (a few others)
103. Ballynaghy (83)Baile an eachaidh (?)Townland of the horseman
104. Ballynamony (467)Baile na mónadhTownland of the bog (many others)
105. Balteagh (239)Bailte fhiaichTownlands of the ravens (?) (a few others)
106. Bocombra (108)Buaic iomaire (Mooney)The ridge peak
107. Boconnell (175)Both ChonaillConall’s hut, or church
108. Breagh (257)BríghachHilly place (several others)
109. Carn (193)An carnThe cairn (many others)
110. Carrick (167)An charraigThe rock (many others)
111. Clanrolla (132)Cluain (an) drolaThe winding meadow (similar name in Shankill)
112. Crossmacahilly (221)Cros Mhic EachmhilidhMcCaughley’s cross (roads?) (name meaning horse soldier)
113. Derryvore (177)An doire mhórBig oakwood (a few others)
114. Drumgask (171)Droim gCascaEaster ridge (place for Easter sports ?)
115. Drumgor (328)Droim gcorrRidge of herons (a very few others)
116. Drumlisnagrilly (70)Dromann lios na greallaíRidge of the ring-fort of the marsh
117. Drumnacanvy (111)Dromann cheannbhuíYellow-topped small ridge (or goldcrest’s ?)
118. Drumnagoon (254)Dromann Uí DhubháinO’Doone’s ridge
119. Drumnakelly (99)Dromann Uí CheallaighO’Kelly’s ridge (a few others)
120. Edenderry (247)Éadan doireHillbrow of the oakwood (several others)
121. Hacknahay (100)Achadh na háitheField of the kiln
122. Kernan (170)Caorthannán(Place of) rowan trees (a few others)
123. Killycomain (195)Coill Mhic Giolla MhíchilMacElmeel’s/MacMichael’s wood (ancient name for Servant of St Michael)
124. Kilvergan (218)Cill Uí MhuireagáinO’Morgan’s church (or wood?)
125. Kinnegoe (378)Ceann gabhaThe smith’s hill/headland (a very few others)
126. Knock (105)An cnocThe hill (several others)
127. Knockmenagh (107)An cnoc meánachThe middle hill (between Shankill/Seagoe parish churches?)
128. Knocknamuckly (254)Cnoc na muclaíHill of the piggery (several others)
129. Knockramer (157)An cnoc ramharFat/fertile hill
130. Levaghery (286)Leath-mhachaireHalf-plain, or on one side of R. Bann
131. Lisnamintry (173Lios droim míntíreRing-fort of the raised pasture
132. Lisnisky (184)Lios an uisceRing-fort of the water (moat?) (a few others)
133. Lylo (117)Loilgheach (modern Loilíoch, milch cow)Place of small calves (one other)
134. Moyraverty (374)Mágh RaifeartaighRafferty’s plain
135. Seagoe Lower (290)Tí do ghobhaHouse/church of Goban the smith
136. Seagoe Upper (130)(as above)
137. Silverwood (198)Coill an airgid (translated 18th century as Wood of the silver)
138. Tamnaficarbet 122)Tamhnach an charbaidField/clearing of the boulder
139. Tamnafiglassan (178)Tamhnach an ghlasáinField/clearing of the green (finch?)
140. Tannaghmore West (209)Tamhnach mhórBig field/clearing (a few others)
141. Tarsan (203)TarsánCross-piece, crossing-place (?)
142. Turmoyra (278)Tír maighreLand of the young salmon (it touches Lough Neagh shore at Kinnegoe)
Parish of Tullylish – 4 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Lower Iveagh Upper Part (County Down). Irish Tulaigh lios meaning Hill of the ring-fort. Total acreage of parish 11,707 including 43 water
143. Ballydugan (947)Baile Uí DubhagáinO’Dougan’s townland (one other)
144. Ballynagarrick (862)Baile na gcarraigTownland of the rocks (two others)
145. Bleary (911)An bhladhraighThe portion or place
146. Clare (1,334)An clárLevel plain (several others)
Parish of Shankill – 25 Craigavon townlands
Parish in two baronies, Oneilland East (County Armagh) and Lower Iveagh Upper Part (County Down). Irish Sean-choill, meaning old wood/forest (later misunderstood as Sean-chill, meaning old church). Total acreage of parish 6,583 (including 420 water in Lurgan lakes and Lough Neagh)
147. Aghnacloy (75)Achadh na cloicheField of the stone (a few others)
148. Ballyblagh (162)An baile bláthachFlowery townland (a few others)
149. Clanrolla (283)Cluain ralachMeadow of the oak (similar name in Seagoe)
150. Cornakinnegar (306)Corr an choinigéir Round hill of the rabbit-warren
151. Demesne (259)English word for enclosed parkland, taken out of Drumnamoe townland 1610 as surround for Brownlow’s dwelling-house. (Several others)
152. Derry (152)DoireOakwood (many others)
153. Dougher (176)An dύcharnThe black cairn
154. Drumnamoe (71)Droim na mbóRidge of the cows
155. Drumnykerne (213)Dromainn Uí Cheithearnaigh O’Kearney’s ridge
156. Killaghy (139)Coill EachaidhEochy’s wood
157. Kilmore (1514)An choill mhórThe big/great wood. This large townland in Co. Armagh forms the only link between Co. Down and Lough Neagh, and must have been the southern part of the ancient forest of Killultagh, the Ulster wood.
158. Knocknashane (208)Cnoc na seangánHill of the ants (one other)
159. Legaghory (301)Log an choireCauldron-shaped hollow (one other)
160. Liscorran (183)Lios Uí Chorráin O’Curran’s ring-fort (one other)
161. Lurgantarry (175)Lorgain an tSamhraidhSummer (grazing) ridge
162. Monbrief (291)Muine-bhrighe (?)Hill-thicket/shrubbery
163. Shankill (173)Sean-choillOld wood, later misunderstood as Sean-chill, old church; the original old parish church was Cill Mhíolcon, Milchu’s church or Kilwilke, which had a graveyard (now lost) on Oxford Island
164. Taghnevan (276)Teach NeamháinHouse (or church) of Nevan perhaps an early saint’s religious house, where an unmarked, graveyard has been said to survive
165. Tannaghmore North (230)Tamhnach mhórBig field/clearing (a few others, but very many with variant spellings e.g.Tamna -, Tawna- etc)
166. Tannaghmore South (205)Tamhnach mhórBig field/clearing. (Tannaghmore West is in Seagoe parish)
167. Tirsogue (74)Tír sióg Land of the fairies (perhaps because so small ?)
168. Toberhewny (205)Tobar h-Aoine (Mooney) Friday well
169. Tullydagan (119)Tulaigh deagáinHill of the deacon (or O’Dagan)
170. Tullygally (278)Tulaigh ghealaWhite hills
171. Tullyronnelly (51) (‘r’ misread?) Tulach Uí Dhonghaile Donnelly’s hill
Parish of Aghagallon – 13 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Upper Massereene (County Antrim). Irish Achadh gallán, meaning Field of standing stones. Total acreage of parish 7,885 including 2,415 Lough Neagh
172. Aghadrumglasny (404) (Another in parish Aghalee)Áth droma Glaisne Ford of Glaisne’s ridge
173. Aghagallon (334)Achadh gallánField of standing stones (an old cairn?), once with a church mentioned in 1306
174. Ballycairn (473)
(one other)
Baile cairnTownland of the cairn (now destroyed)
175. Ballykeel (220)
(many others)
An baile caolNarrow townland
176. Ballymacilrany (325)Baile Mhic Giolla ChiaráinMacIlrany’s/Creaney’s townland (name: son of the servant of St Ciaran)
177. Derryclone (414)Doire cluainOakwood of the meadow
178. Derryhirk (228)Doire thoircOakwood of the wild boar (two others)
179. Derrymore (457)An doire mór Big oakwood (several others)
180. Derrynaseer (244)Doire na saorOakwood of the craftsmen (five others)
181. Drumaleet (351)Droim an leachtaRidge of the (stone) grave
182. Montiaghs (1543)Na móinteachaThe bogs (a few others)
183. Tamnyvane (146)Tamhnach bhánWhite field/clearing
184. Tiscallen (323)Tigh ScealláinScallan’s house or church
Parish of Donaghcloney – 14 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Lower Iveagh Upper Part (County Down). Irish Domhnach cluana meaning Church of the meadow. Total acreage of parish 6,697
185. Annaghanoon (635)Eanach an úainMarsh of the lamb
186. Annaghmakeonan (378)Eanach Mhic EoghanáinMacOwenan’s marsh
187. Ballygunaghan (432)Baile Uí DhuinneagáinO’Donegan’s townland
188. Ballynabragget (390)Baile na braghad (Mooney)Townland of the gorge/cliff-face
189. Banoge (572)BánógGreen patch of land (good pasture) (Two others)
190. Corcreeny (1,166)Corr chríonaighHill of the dry branches (one other)
191. Cornreany (142)Corrán raithníCrescent/hill of bracken
192. Donaghcloney (300)Domhnach cluanaChurch of the meadow
193. Lurgantamry (202)Lorgain an tSamhraidhSummer (pasture) ridge
194. Magherana (739)Machaire an áthaPlain of the ford
195. Monree (163)Móin fhraoighHeather moor
196. Moygannon (461)Magh gCeannannWhite-speckled plain
197. Tullycarn (267)Tulaigh chairnHill of the cairn (a few similar)
198. Tullyherron (841)Tulaigh chaorthainnHill of rowan tree (one other)
Parish of Glenavy – 1 Craigavon townland
Barony of Upper Massereene (County Antrim). Irish Lann abhaigh meaning Church of the dwarf (St. Patrick is said to have built a church here and left it in charge of his disciple Daniel who was rather short). Total acreage of parish 16,786 (including 9,219 Lough Neagh, 342 Portmore Lough, 6 islands)
199. Deer Park (1,260)English name: formed out of ancient forest of Killultagh as deer park for Lord Conway (Earl of Hertford) in Lisburn (several others)
Parish of Magheralin – 27 Craigavon townlands
(counting Drumo/Drumcro as one). Parish in 2 baronies, Oneilland East (County Armagh) and Lower Iveagh Upper Part (County Down). Irish Machaire lainne meaning Plain of the church. Total acreage of parish 8,293 incl. 7 water
200. Ballykeel (303)An baile caolNarrow townland (several others)
201. Ballyleny (283)Baile léanaTownland of the wet meadow (one in Kilmore parish )
202. Ballymacanally (182)Baile Mhic an FhailíghMcNally’s townland (a few others)
203. Ballymacateer (732)Baile Mhic an tSaoirMcAteer’s townland (Son of the craftsman – not an uncommon name: the Bishop of Clogher 1268-87 and St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise much earlier both had this surname)
204. Ballymacbredan (189)Baile Mhic BhrídínMcBredan’s townland (A local ecclesiastical family had this name in the 1400s – maybe from Mac Giolla Bhríde – son of the servant of St Brigid)
205. Ballymacmaine (209)Baile Mhic MhiacháinMcMain/McMechan’s townland
206. Ballymagin (360)Baile Mhig FhinnMaginn’s townland (son of Finn)
207. Ballymakeonan (585)Baile Mhic EoghanáinMcKeonan’s townland (One Eoghan of this old Ulster family was the main Irish scribe in SE Ulster in the late 1600s, with patron Arthur Brownlow of Lurgan)
208. Ballynadrone (111)Baile idir dhá abhainn Townland between two rivers (River Lagan eastern boundary)
209. Clankilvoragh (162)Cluain (Mhic) Ghiolla MhuíreGilmore’s meadow (Son of the servant of Mary)
210. Clogher (145)ClocharStony place (many others)
211. Derrylisnahavil (149)Doire lios na habhailleOakwood of the apple-tree fort
212. Donagreagh (174) Domhnach riabhach (Mooney)Speckled (old) church
213. Drumlin (251)Droimlín Drumlin – little hill – but none here ? (a few similar)
214. Drumnabreeze (321)Dromainn brísRidge of the high ground
215. Drumnaferry (140)Dromainn tí FhearaíghRidge of Ferry’s house
216. Drumo & Drumcro (427)Droim eo & Droim croRidge of yew trees. Ridge of huts (Two half-townlands put together)
217. Edenballycoggil (255)Ēadan baile chogailHill-face of the townland of corncockles (a pretty weed in grain-fields)
218. Edenmore (251)
(several others)
Ēadan mór Big/great hill-face
219. Kilfullert (131)Coill fulachtaWood of the outdoor cooking-pit
220. Kircassock (198)Cor cosógaíBend of the bulrushy place
221. Lismaine (294)Lios MicháinMeehan’s ring-fort (one in Kilkenny)
222. Lisnasure (246)Lios na soarRing-fort of the craftsmen
223. Taughlumny (274)Teach LomnaHouse of Lomna (a story character with foreknowledge & a severed head)
224. Taughrane (196)Tóchar rathainCauseway of bracken
225. Tullyanaghan (184)Tulaigh Uí AnaitheO’Hanhy’s hill
226. Tullynacross (268)Tulaigh na croiseHill of the cross (several others)
Parish of Ballinderry – 1 Craigavon townland
Barony of Upper Massereene (County Antrim). Irish Baile an doire meaning Townland of the oakwood. Total acreage of parish 10,891 including 283 Portmore Lough
227. Ballinderry (1,182)Baile an doireTownland or settlement of the oakwood; several ancient Christian churches here (several others)
Parish of Seapatrick – 1 Craigavon townland
Parish in 3 different baronies: this townland in Lower Iveagh, Upper Part (County Down). Irish Tí Padraig meaning Patrick’s house/church. Total acreage of parish 7,581 incl. 2,719 water
228. Ballylough (425)Baile an lochaTownland of the lough (lough long since drained, exposing a crannog & oak dug-out boat)
Parish of Moira – 2 Craigavon townlands
Barony of Lower Iveagh Upper Part (County Down). Irish Máigh rátha meaning Plain of the fort. Total acreage of parish 6,096 including 26 water
229. Kilminioge (202)Cill MhionnógMy little (Saint) Finn’s church
230. Tullyloob (299)Tulaigh lúbHill of the bends/windings
Parish of Aghalee – 1 Craigavon townland
Barony of Upper Massereene (County Antrim). Irish Achadh Lí meaning Field of beauty. Total acreage of parish 2,499 including 39 Broad Water
231. Poobles (482)Pobal (?)People/congregation/church ? English plural added, as originally 2 townlands of this name, 1 now part of Lisburn

Craigavon Townlands

Craigavon Townlands