Townlands & Fieldnames

The townland is a unique feature of the Irish landscape and is one of the most ancient divisions in the country. There are approximately 62,000 townlands in Ireland and great variations are evident in townland sizes due to the fact that their shapes and sizes are related to local landscape and farming practices.

The Project

The Causeway Coast and Glens commissioned Quarto Consultants to explore and document the history of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, specifically the townlands and fieldnames. The project looked at names given to townlands and fields over the years and how they tell the story of the heritage, folklore and the landscape associated with the area.

This information was presented in a mobile exhibition which tours the area, free to all to host. The origin of the townland remains obscure, they existed long before the parishes and counties and up until recently the townland was commonly used for postal address purposes.

They often take their names from local landscape features. Given the natural vegetation of the island many townlands take their names from local trees and plants. Field Names also offer a window into the past of our landscape and are part of our culture.

Many of the townlands and fieldnames of the area are recorded here: Townlands & Fieldnames Recorded,

Alongside the the mobile exhibition which has been hosted in Green Lane Museum, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural and Hazlett House to name a few, it has been offered to all schools in the area. A worksheet was created to capture townland and fieldname information, encouaging children to talk to their parents, grandparents and explore their local landscape.

The information in these worksheets will be digitized by CCGHT as they are returned.

The information is available to all but it would be appreciated it you informed us at if you intend to use it.

Below is information gathered from Hezlett Primary School;

What is it called? Why is it called this?
Aghadowey Duffy’s Field.The largest townland in Europe.
Agivey Meaning ford of the impasse or difficult ford.
Altikeeragh The height of the Glen.
Articlave Height of the basket/ Height of the house of swords.
Articlave Upper Is the higher townland of Articlave
Articlave Plantation Woodland planted in the late eighteenth century.
Artidillon The height of the house of Dillon
Bellarena Means mouth of the Queen’s Ford.“the only townland name in Ireland which is not Irish”
Belvedere Named after a Summer House in the grounds of Downhill Demense
Big Glebe Named after a fort
Binevenagh Foikne’s Peak, from the Irish Binn Fhoibhne
Black Glen The dark rocks in the glen cast a darkness in the glen.
Carneety Referring to White’s Cairn or Old Cairn.
Castle Roe Named after a fort which was built there, and means Red House
Drumagully Ridge of the charcoal
Dunalis Means coves, caves and forts
Dunboe Dunboe means ‘Fort of the Cow’.A story goes that during the famine a cow was stolen and tethered to a rock at Downhill beach so the local community could all get milk.
Dungannon Hill  Named after a battle area dating back to 1882.The top of the hill is flat as Bishop Harvey blew the top of the hill off to plant trees.
Exorna The corn of barley
Fairview Lane Named after Fairview House.
Gortycavan Fort on James Blairs land
Grange A reflection of the French word meaning barn, pointing to the manors or monastic farms which were found during the Norman period (12th & 13th Centuries)
Grangemore Means The Grange or farm of grain.
Hunter’s Glebe
Killowen Originally known as Drumtarsy but changed to Killowen in 1607
Killyweety Veety’s Wood
Knockmult Hill of the weathers
Liffock A strip, shred or fragment.
Long’s Glebe
Magilligan Named after Mac Gilligan’s country
Masteragwee The master of the yellow plain/field.The master of the wind.
Mayoghill Translates as Maigh Eochaill in Irish meaning plain of the yew wood.
The Warren Common for rabbits.
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