Cloonlara South

Cloonlara South (Leagan Gaeilge – Cluain Lára Theas): The townland of Cloonlara South is situated four kilometres east of Glenamaddy Town in north-east County Galway. The Irish form of the townland name translates as ‘the south meadow of the mare’, cluain means meadow, lár means mare and theas is the Irish for south. Other forms of the townland name are Clownelaragh and Cloonlaragh South.
Distinctive Features:
• The 1840 Historic Ordnance Survey Map shows a Ringfort in this townland which is published in the National Monuments Service Archaeological Survey Database.
• A clusters of about twenty houses, typical of a clachan village, called Cloonlara was situated in the centre of the townland a short distance south of the Glenamaddy to Roscommon road.
• A large detached house called Kedagh Park was located to the north of the Glenamaddy to Roscommon road the 1840 Historic Ordnance Survey Map. Held by Bartholomew Kelly in fee at the time of Griffith’s Valuation when it was valued at £11 10s. The house is labelled Kedagh Park on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map but as Clondoyle House on the 25-inch map of the 1890s. A house still exists at the site.
1656-58 Down Survey: The Down Survey name of the townland is given as Clownelaragh.
The owner at the time of the survey was conducted was Keadagh Kelly who was a Catholic. The unprofitable land in the townland amounted to 121 plantation acres. The profitable land amounted to 59 plantation acres which was forfeited under the terms of the Cromwellian Settlement Act.

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 Cloonlara South who paid the tithe (tax) levied to support the Established Church (Church of Ireland) was Bartholomew Kelly. Protestant occupiers of agricultural holdings were exempt from this tax.
1838 O’Donovan’s Field Name Books: There is no description published of this townland on the online version of O’Donovan’s Field Book Names.
1856 Griffith’s Valuation: The townland covers an area of 508 acres 3 roods 34 perches the total rateable valuation of the land and buildings combined amounted to £138 1s 0d.
There were 15 occupiers in Cloonlara South at the time of Griffith’s Valuation – Donnellan, Fleming (2), Kearns, Kelly (2), Kennelly, Mitchell (5), Mulryan (2) and Roctigan. The landlord in the townland at that time was Bartolomew Kelly.
Adjoining Townlands: The following townlands share a border with Cloonlara South – Ballyhard, Common, Faartan (Parish of Ballynakill), Clondoyle More, Clondoyle Beg, Barna, Clooncon East and Frass.

Census Records: Population and Household data for the townland of Cloonlara South:

Census Years 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 2011
Population 158 92 48 79 94 71 67 75 34
Households 31 18 8 13 16 15 14 13 15

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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