Maps, Townlands & Parishes of County Mayo
The main area covered by this family history web-site is north County Mayo which encompasses the towns of Ballycastle, Killala, Ballina, Crossmolina, Bangor and Belmullet.  The parishes in NE Mayo are shown on the map opposite.

A list of the townlands in each of the nine civil parishes around Ballycastle is shown below.

The Roman Catholic parish of Ballycastle was formed in 1804 from the union of the old civil parishes of Doonfeeny and Kilbride. 
Doonfeeny Parish Townlands
Aghoo 
Ballinglen 
Ballycastle 
Ballycastle town 
Ballyglass 
Ballyknock 
Behy 
Belderg Beg 
Belderg More 
Carrowkibbock Lower 
Carrowkibbock Upper 
Carrownisky 
Conaghra 
Cregganbeg 
Doonfeeny Lower 
Doonfeeny Upper 
Geevraun 
Glenagh 
Glencalry Lower 
Glencalry Upper 
Glencullin 
Glenglassera 
Glenora 
Glenulra 
Horse Island 
Inagh 
Killeena 
Killerduff 
Lisbrin 
Lugnalettin 
Muinganierin 
Muingelly 
Rathavisteen 
Srahlaghy 
Sralagagh East 
Sralagagh West 
Tawnynaboll 

Kilbride Parish Townlands
Ballymachugh 
Cabintown 
Carrowcor 
Carrowmore 
Carrowneden 
Castletown 
Crott 
Doonbristy 
Kilbride 
Killeen 
Knockaun 
Moyny 
Muingrevagh 
Rathoonagh 
Shanaghy 

Kilcummin Parish Townlands
Ballinlena
Ballygarry
Banagher
Beltra
Carrowsteelagh
Carrowtrasna
Cashel
Castlenageeha
Creevagh
Doonadoba
Foghill
Kilcummin
Rathlackan
Rathlackan [Town]

Templemurry Parish Townlands
Breastagh
Carbad Beg
Carbad More
Cloonavarry
Cloonboy
Doonamona
Fallataggart
Knockroe
Rathbaun
Rathfran
Rathfranpark
Rathnawooraun
Steelaun
Tooracappul
Tooreen
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Definition of Townland
The smallest Irish administrative division, the townland, is the one which has proved most enduring.  Loosely related to the ancient Gaelic "Bally betagh", and to other medieval land divisions such as ploughlands and quarters, townlands can vary enormously in size, from a single acre or less to several thousand acres.  There are more than 64,000 in the country.  They were used as the smallest geographical unit in both Tithe Survey and Griffith's, as well as census returns, and are still in use today.  Anything from 5 to 30 townlands may be grouped together to form a civil parish.  Many townlands share the same name - for example there are 56 Kilmores and 47 Dromores.
Townland Original Name Meaning
Aghoo   Achadh A Field
Ballinglen Baile an Ghleanna Town of the Valley
Ballycastle  Baile a' Chaisil Town of the Stonefort
Ballyglass Baile Glas Green Town
Ballyknock Baile a' Chnuic Town of the Hill
Ballymachugh Baile Mac Aodha The Town of MacHugh
Behey Beithe Birch
Carrrowcur Ceathramhadh cor Odd Quarter
Carrowkibbock Ceathramhadh Mhic Lobuic Machobock's quarter
Carrowmore Ceathramhadh Mhor Great Quarter
Carrowneden Ceathramhadh an Eadain Quarter of the Hill Brow
Carrowniskey Ceathramhadh an Lisge Quarter of the Water
Castletown Baile an Chaislean Town of the Castle
Conaghra Conachra Dogs Shubbery
Crott Crut A Hump
Doonfeeny Dun Finne Fenny's Fort
Glenurla Gleann Iolra Valley of the Eagles
Inagh Eldhneach Abounding in Ivy
Kilbride Cill Brighde St. Bridget's Church
Killeen Cillin na Trionoide The Little Church of Trinity
Killina Cill Eithne St. Eithnes Church
Killerduff Cill Ard-Dubh The Church of the Black Hill
Knockaun Parc A Chnocain Park of the Hillock
Lisbrin Lios Broin Brans Fort
Muingelly Muing Eili Elly's Marshy Streaf
Muingreevagh Muing Riabhach Grey Morass
Moyney Maighnigh A Small Plain
Rathnoonagh Rath Thamhnagh Rath Field
Shanaghey Sean Achadh Old Field
Sralogagh Srath Lagach Low Lying Ground of the Hollows
*as listed at ballycastle.ie/Townland Names.htm
1838 Ordnance Survey Map of Co. Mayo
This on-line map is searchable by parish or townland and contains detailed information
down to the level of individual houses and field
                                   boundaries.  It
                                   includes important
                                   historical and
                                   topographical
                                   features and is
                                   provided as a free
                                   service by Mayo
                                   County Library.

The 1838 O.S. map is also displayed superimposed on top of a Google map by the AskAboutIreland searchable map.
Ballycastle Town (Baile an Chaisil) is situated in:
Province:                                     Connaught
County:                                       Mayo
Barony:                                       Tirawley
Civil Parish:                                 Doonfeeny
Poor Law Union (PLU):                 Killala (formed 1849)
Civil Registration (BMD) District:    Killala (same as PLU)
Roman Catholic Parish:                Ballycastle
Church of Ireland Diocese:            Tuam, Killala & Achonry
District Electoral Division (DED)     Ballycastle

Ballycastle Town was founded in 1797.  The much older townland of Ballycastle is a 298 acre strip of land along the Ballinglen river at the west end of Ballycastle Town.  The name, Ballycastle, has been in use since about 1470.
Meanings of some Townland names
Lacken Parish Townlands
Aghaleague
Ballymurphy
Ballynaleck
Barnhill Lower
Barnhill Upper
Barroe
Beltra
Billoos
Carn
Carrickanass
Carrowcuilleen
Carrowmacshane
Carrowmore
Castlelackan Demesne
Castletown
Cloonalaghan
Cloonanass
Conaghra
Glebe
Gortatoor
Keeloges Lower
Keeloges Upper
Killogeary
Knockboha
Lackanhill
Lecarrowntemple
Lissadrone East
Lissadrone West

Moygawnagh Parish Townlands
Ardvarney
Ballyglass
Ballynagor
Calliaghadoo
Carn
Carnclogh
Cloonaghmore
Cloonsnaghta
Corravokeen
Correens
Corvoderry
Corvoley
Croaghaun East
Croaghaun West
Doobehy
Drumnanangle
Fallgarve
Formoyle
Forrew
Garranard
Garrynagran
Killeennashask
Knockaculleen
Knockananny
Laghtanvack
Lecarrownwaddy
Lessanny
Roosky
Shanvodinnaun
Tawnywaddyduff
Tonree

Rathreagh Parish Townlands
Ardnagor
Atticloghy
Ballybeg
Ballygowan
Bellasallagh
Carrowkeel
Cloonconway
Creevagh Beg
Creevagh More
Farmhill
Killeencreevagh
Lecarrowanteean
Moneen
Rathbaun
Rathnadoffy
Rathreagh
Rooghan
Springhill
Tonroe Lower
Tonroe Upper
Kilfian Parish Townlands
Altderg
Annagh Beg
Annagh More
Ballinagavna
Ballintober
Ballykinlettragh
Barranarran Lower
Barranarran Upper
Belladooan
Breaghwyanteean
Breaghwyanurlaur
Cartronrathroe
Cloonaleedin
Cloonkee
Cloonskeagh
Cloontakillew
Cloyrawer
Cluddaun
Clydagh
Crocknacally
Doonanarroo Lower
Doonanarroo Upper
Drinaghan
Ellaghs
Fahy
Fairfield Lower
Fairfield Upper
Fortland
Glenedagh Eighter
Glenedagh Oughter
Greenwoodpark
Keerglen
Kincon
Kincon [Town]
Kinnavally
Knockaskeehaun
Knockmoyle
Knocknagon
Raheenroe
Ratheskin
Rathglass
Rathnamagh
Rathroe
Seeaghanbaun
Seeaghandoo
Shanettra
Srahmeen
Treanagh
Treangarrow
Ummerantarry
Woodvil

Killala Parish Townlands
Abbeylands
Bartragh Island
Baunros More
Cartoon
Castlereagh
Cloonskirtaun
Croghan
Crosspatrick
Kilgobban
Killala
Killala [Town]
Killogunra
Killybrone
Kilroe
Leadymore
Meelick
Moyne
Rathcash
Rathowen East
Rathowen West
Ross
Ross (Bourke)
Ross (Fallon)
Ross (Gardiner)
Ross (Goodwin)
Tawnaghmore Lower
Tawnaghmore Upper
Townplots East
Townplots West
 
Parishes around Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
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How to find the parish and location of a Townland in County Mayo?

1. If you are sure of the spelling then click on this link and enter the Townland and County.  This map has
    the 1838 OS map superimposed on a Google map and, you can vary the relative visibility of each map
    with the slider bar at the top right.  The map should stay centered on your Townland as you zoom in (+).

2. If you are not sure of the spelling, then click on Mayo Townlands (sortable list) to find the spelling.
    Then search for the townland on the link above.

3. If you know the townland and parish, you can also search the 1838 OS map from Mayo County Library 
    (requires Internet Explorer)

4. There is also a Townland lookup at this link, but it requires the exact spelling.


Still can't find the name?
Some small villages or hamlets in Ireland do not have the status of a
Townland, so they do not appear in the searchable lists mentioned above. 
If you know the parish, and preferably the Townland, then you can try
searching the 1838 O.S. map by eye.  For example, the author's Golden
ancestral home is a tiny hamlet called Doughlough (meaning two lakes)
in Upper Doonfeeny Townland, in Doonfeeny parish, which is marked on
the 1838 O.S. map as Dooclogh, but it is not listed or indexed anywhere.


Change of County boundaries in 1899
The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. c. 37) caused
changes in the county boundaries between Mayo, Sligo, Galway and
Roscommon.  Mayo gained some areas from Sligo and Galway, but lost
some to Roscommon.  For example, Ardnaree (east Ballina) which was
in Sligo before 1899, is now in Mayo. 

Sortable Townland Lists:   Mayo    Sligo    Galway    Roscommon

Searchable Mayo Maps:  
AskAboutIreland              Mayo Library

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