The townland is the smallest territorial
division within each county and can range in size between one and several
thousand acres. They have been used extensively in land surveys, censuses
and polling systems since the 17th century and are the basis for rural
postal addresses. In County Clare, standardisation of townland names and
boundaries took place during the survey carried out by the Ordnance
Survey of 1842. These townland names and boundaries were used in the
of 1855 and the 1901
Census (and subsequent censuses) and are still in use today. Many
earlier townland names, such as those recorded in the Tithe
Applotment Books (1823-1837), disappeared with their amalgamation
or division following the Ordnance Survey.
This is an alphabetical index to the townlands
of County Clare with the Parishes, District Electoral Divisions' names
and numbers, Registrars' Districts and Poor Law Unions in which they are
situated. It is based on, and uses the spellings of, the 1901 census.
Maps showing the position of each townland within its parish are available
by following the links to the appropriate parish from the pages below.
We have created individual web pages for each of these townlands with
links to sources containing information on the townland.
Abbey East to Carrigoran
North to Kyleglass
Townlands 1823-1837 (as recorded in the Tithe Applotment Books):
Townlands arranged alphabetically
arranged by parish
1821 List of Freeholders for townland names published in that list.
Maps showing townlands:
The townlands of Clare are also accessible visually as a result our Ordnance
Survey Maps project:
version (requires Flash Player)
version. You may require a plugin for your browser to view the SVG
maps - more info here >>
External links from townland pages
4,719 links have been added to the townlands pages on the library website,
providing links to the derivation, meaning and Irish translation of each
townland from the Placenames Database of Ireland, and a link to a list
of occupants, map and original page of Griffith's Valuation for each townland
from Ask About Ireland. (February 2011 -
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