Clondoyle Beg

Clondoyle Beg (Leagan Gaeilge – Cluain Dúill Beag): The townland of Clondoyle Beg, also known as Cloondoyle Beg, is situated three kilometres east of Glenamaddy Town in north-east County Galway. The Irish form of the townland name translates as ‘Doyle’s little meadow’, cluain means meadow, beag means little, or small and Dúill is the Irish for the surname Doyle. Other forms of the townland name mentioned by O’Donovan in the Field Name Books are Cluan Dúil beag, Cloondoylebeg, Cloondoylebeg, Cloondoyle, Clondowele and Clondoylebeg.
Distinctive Features:
• The western portion of the townland which forms part of Glenamaddy Turlough is prone to seasonal flooding.
• Only three houses are discernible in Clondoyle Beg on the 1840 Historic Ordnance Survey Map.
1656-58 Down Survey: There is no information provided online for this townland in the Down Survey.
1823 – 1838 Tithe Applotment Books: Surviving documentation of the Tithe Applotment Books is in poor condition making it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to decipher the names of landholders. In so far as it can be ascertained the only Catholic landholder in the townland of Cloondoyle Beg who paid the tithe (tax) levied to support the Established Church (Church of Ireland) was Bart Kelly. Protestant occupiers of agricultural holdings were exempt from this tax.
1838 O’Donovan’s Field Name Books: O’Donovan describes the townland as follows – “A portion of this townland is a Turlough at the North boundary. There are two portions of bog at the [Unable to read.] boundaries. The remainder of the land is tillage and pasture.”
1856 Griffith’s Valuation: The townland covers an area of 188 acres 2 roods 33 perches and the total rateable valuation of the land and buildings combined amounted to £48 15s 0d.
At the time of Griffith’s Valuation there were 3 occupiers in the townland of Clondoyle Beg – Kelly (3). The landlord is given as Rev. John McHale, Archbishop of Tuam.
Adjoining Townlands: The following townlands share a border with Clondoyle Beg – Ardoslough, Barna, Clondoyle More, Mountkelly, Cloonlara South and Glenamaddy

Census Records:Population and Household data for the townland of Clondoyle Beg:

Census Years 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 2011
Population 4 12 8 5 13 5 6 4 0
Households 1 2 2 1 3 2 1 1 0

Glenamaddy and the Irish Folklore Collections:

The article posted on this website under the ‘Heritage > Folklore’ tab provides an overview of the folklore material submitted by Glenamaddy parishioners to the National Folklore Commission, now known as the Irish Folklore Collections. It also explains the background to the 1937 Schools’ Collection (Bailiúchán na Scol) project which has good representation from a parish perspective

The Irish Folklore Collections housed in the Folklore Department of University College Dublin contain a treasure trove of folklore material, some of which is accessible online. Both the Main Manuscript Collection and the Schools’ Collection contain a considerable number of submissions from collectors and informants who resided in the parish of Glenamaddy. The quick reference directories featured in the ‘Parish > Townlands’ section of this website complement the user-friendly search features of the dú website and are helpful in tracking Schools’ Collection submissions associated with townlands. Submissions are categorised under – School, Teacher, Language, Volume Number, Page Number, Collector, Collector’s Townland, Informant and Informant’s Townland. Where applicable, Schools’ Collection directories showing online townland-related submissions appear at the end of the following townland posts on this website – Ballinapeaka, Ballinastack, Barna, Boyounagh More (Middletown), Bushtwon, Cashel, Classaghroe, Cloonacross, Clooncon East, Clooncon West, Cloonkeen, Cultiafadda, Eskeromullacaun (Esker), Felimspark, Glenamaddy, Gortaganny, Gortnagier, Kiltullagh, Knockauns, Lisheenaheltia, Loughpark, Meelick, Scotland, Shannagh More, Stonetown and Woodfield.

Parish folklore submissions contained in the Schools’ Collection are also accessible online via the following links:-

Árd Aoibhinn National School – Part 1 –

Árd Aoibhinn National School – Part 2 

Glenamaddy Girls’ National School

Glenamaddy Boys’ National School – Part 1

Glenamaddy Boys’ National School – Part 2 

Gort na Léime National School – Part 1   

Gort na Léime National School – Part 2 

Lisheenaheltia Girls’ National School 

Lisheenaheltia Boys’ National School    

Glenamaddy submissions which form part of the Main Manuscript Collection are not posted online but may be examined in the reading room of the Folklore Department in U.C.D., Belfield, Dublin 4. Typed versions of some of the parish contributions contained in the Main Manuscript Collection are published under the ‘Heritage > Folklore’ tab on this website.   

Quick Reference Directory of Glenamaddy folklore submissions in the Main Manuscript Collection:-

Author: Pat Keaveny


Townlands in County Galway

1840 Historic Ordnance Survey Map

Place Name Books of Galway

The Down Survey of Ireland

The Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837

Griffith Valuation – Ask About Ireland

Central Statistics Office

National Archives: Census Reports 1901/1911

Essex University: Historic Population Census Reports

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