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Clare Townlands

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 Griffith's Valuation 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.

Townlands (Post 1842):
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
Carrow to Dysert
Eantybeg North to Kyleglass
Lack to Woodpark


Townlands 1823-1837 (as recorded in the Tithe Applotment Books):

Townlands arranged alphabetically
Townlands arranged by parish

See also
The 1821 List of Freeholders for townland names published in that list.

Ordnance Survey Maps showing townlands:
The townlands of Clare are also accessible visually as a result our Online Maps projects:

Clare Genmaps (townlands)
Clare Genmaps (townlands by Civil Parishes)

Clare townlands by Civil Parishes


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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 - More info...)

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