Shannagh More

Shannagh More (Leagan Gaeilge – Seanach Mór): The townland of Shannagh More incorporating Parkroe and Stoolpark is situated to the west and south west of the town of Glenamaddy in north east County Galway. The southern boundary of Shannagh More is 3.5 kilometres south west of Glenamaddy while the northern boundary is less than one kilometre west of the town centre. John O’Donovan translated Shannaghmore as the great old field. Achadh and ach were Irish words used in the past to describe land, or a field. However, townland residents dispute that account and assert that the historic Irish form of the townland name is ‘Sean Áith Mór’ which translates as the ‘Large Old Limekiln”. Áith is an old Irish word for limekiln and it apparently evolved over time into ach which is not phonetically dissimilar, sean means old and mór means great/large/big. Limestone is close to the surface in Shannaghmore and would have provided an accessible, bountiful supply of raw material for the creation of lime. Other forms of the townland name are Shannaghmore, Shanagh, Shannaugh and Shannough.
Distinctive Features:
• The townland was noted for limekilns but their locations are not historically mapped.
• A Corn Mill is recorded near Shannaghmore Village in the 1840 Historic Ordnance Survey Map.
• There were sixty houses in Shannagh More in 1840, thirty of which were located in Shannaghmore Village in an extended cluster fitting the definition of a traditional clachan village in the south of the townland. Another cluster was located in Parkroe in the northern part of the townland with the remaining houses located in Stoolpark fronting the Glenamaddy to Tuam road and in the centre of the townland.
1656-58 Down Survey: The Down Survey name of the townland is given as Common and the owner as Sir Henry Slingsby. The area of unprofitable land in the townland amounted to 367 plantation acres while the profitable land came to 125 plantation acres. The 125 profitable acres were forfeited under the terms of the Cromwellian Act of Settlement. Protestants who supported the Royalist cause lost all, or, part of their lands having opposed Cromwell’s rise to power.

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 Catholic landholders in the townland of Shannagh More who paid the tithe (tax) levied to support the Established Church (Church of Ireland) were Pat King and Martin Conneely. Protestant occupiers of agricultural holdings were exempt from this tax.
1838 O’Donovan’s Field Name Books: O’Donovan described Shannagh More in the Field Name books as follows – “There are several portions of bog in various parts of the townlands, the road from Dunmore to Glannamadda passes from West to East through the North portion of this townland. There is a village called after the townland in the South portion. There are spring wells, gravel pits, sand pits and a lime stone quarry, the remainder of the land is tillage and pasture.”
1856 Griffith’s Valuation: The townland covers an area of 500 acres 0 rood 17 perches and the total rateable valuation of the land and buildings combined amounted to £145 17s 0d. At the time of Griffith’s Valuation there were forty three occupiers in the townland of Shannagh More – Coghlan (2), Collins, Cornelly (3), Donnellan (3), Fahy, Gibbons, Hopkins, Howard, Hussey (8), Jeffers (2), Keavany (4), Keeffe (6), Lannon, McGuire (3), Meahan, Rafterry, Raftery, Shee, King and Ganly. The landlord was Sir George Shee.

Adjoining Townlands: The following townlands share a border with Shannagh More – Glenamaddy, Scotland, Shannagh Beg, Creggaun, Polleighter (Clonberne Parish), Parkbaun (Clonberne Parish), Lettera (Clonberne Parish), Eskeromullacaun (Esker) and Clooncon West.

Census Records: Population and Household data for the townland of Shannagh More:

Census Years 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 2011
Population 24 19 22 20 13 12 11 8 0
Households 4 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 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.

Schools’ Collection Townland-Related Quick Reference Directory:

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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