Clare Placenames

Ancient Parishes in County Clare

A placename can include the name of any province, county, city, town, village, barony, parish or townland, or of any territorial feature (whether natural or artificial), district, region or place.  Awareness of our placename heritage offers a tremendous insight into the past. Today’s students of local history, folklore, anthropology or archaeology can all benefit from an advanced awareness of placenames.

In 2008, funding was secured from Clare County Council and the Heritage Council, under the Clare Heritage Plan implementation, to establish a structure for the recording of Clare Placenames information that is to be found within the townlands of county Clare.

In order to develop the above, it was proposed to design a working system for the recording of local fieldnames on a townland basis.  A townland is the smallest geographical unit in Ireland with over 60,000 such units recorded.  According to the maps of the Ordinance Survey, there are 2176 townlands in Clare, each providing a rich resource of placenames information.

Links to information on Placenames in Clare and throughout Ireland


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