Aclare, Sligo, Ireland (Kilmacteige Parish) – some History, a few Writings, and "The Lore".

Aclare, Sligo, Ireland (Kilmacteige Parish)


Aclare is a Village in the middle of Kilmacteige.


Below are Research, Stories, and Lore files, Townland list and explainations, Aclare Fair Day Story, and others from around the Kilmacteige area that Wwe have located when doing research in the area .

We hope to Included (soon)  Interviews made by the “Irish Oral History Project” (or similar) where older members the Communities are Interviewed by Local school-kids, or other Persons, informally, and are made to preserve the memories and History of an area for posterity. A few Files will be hosted here and added as they become available (If your Grand-Mother or Grand-Father Story would like to be included please send an email and We can have someone pick up the recording or files, and if your unable to record it, We can also assist with sending someone to record it).

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Townlands List


1.      Annagh / Anagh  A Marsh,  ‘Aonach’, a meeting place, a fair place.

 2.      Banada / Benada    Long Hill,  ‘Bawn’, a plain,’Fhada’, long.

 3.      Belclare / Beleilare   Mouth of the Ford of the Plain or Board,  ‘Baile’, townland, ‘Lawr’, middle.

 4.      Carns    A Heap of Stones,  ‘Carn’, a heap, generally small stony hills.

 5.      Carraun / Carane  A Carn or Rocky Ground,  ‘Carrawn’, a reaping hook, (hook-like).

6.      Carrigeenagowna / Carrogeenagavnagh      Little Rock of the Calves,   Carrhú’, quarter, ‘g-cawnach’, stripper, (or cow giving milk after the calf is weaned).

7.      Carrownagappul / Carrowghnagapple     The Horses’ Quarter

S  ‘Carrhú’, quarter, ‘na g-cappul’, of horses.

 8.      Carrowlobaun   The Labourers’ Quarter.

9.      Carrowreagh / Carrowreavugh   Grey Quarter,   Carrhú’, quarter, ‘Reevuch’, red or boggy. 

10.  Castlerock / Castlecarragh  Rough Castle,  Derivation and name obvious.

 11.  Claddagh / Cladagh   A Stony Beach,  ‘Cool’, a back, ‘Adda’, or  Fhadda’, long.

 12.  Cloonbarry Barry’s Lawn or Meadow,  ‘Cloon’, a recess, ‘Barra’, at the summit;  Or Barry, an occupier’s name.

 13.  Cloonca / Clooncagh   Lawn or Meadow of the Battle,  ‘Cloon’, a recess, ‘Cah’, a battle,  or ‘Cawh’, Chaff.

14.  Cloongoonagh / Cloongoonough   Lawn or Meadow of the Strippers or Milch Cows,   Cloon’, a recess, ‘g-cawnach’, a cow yielding milk after her gawen, or yearling calf is weaned.

 15.  Cloonydiveen / Cloondivine   O’ Diveen’s Lawn or Meadow,        Cloon’, a recess, ‘Divine’, perhaps a man’s name.

 16.  Coolrecuill / Coolrecul  Back to the Wood, Cool’, a back, ‘Re-cool’, with back, (back to back).

 17.  Corray / Corroy   Round Hill of the Rath or Fort,  ‘Currach’, a moor, ‘Rua’, red or boggy.

 18.  Creeghassaun / Crecussane    Land of the Cataracts,  ‘Coor’, a moist place, ‘Cussawn’, a foot way.

 19.  Culdaly / Culdaleigh   Daly’s Back or Hill,  ‘Cool’, a recess, ‘Daw leag’, or two stones.

 20.  Curraghboy / Corroughbwee   Yellow Moor,  Currach’, a moor, ‘Bwoe’, yellow.

 21.  Dawros / Dauris   Point or Promontory of the Oxen,  Perhaps from ‘Daw-aw-ar-aish’, two adjacent rivers or streams.

 22.  Drimina / Drimineagh   A Small Ridge, ‘Druim’, a back or ledge, ‘an-eigh’, of the horse.

 23.  Drummartin / Drimmartin  Martin’s Ridge,  Druim’, a back of a hill, ‘Martin’, a man’s name.

 24.  Eskragh / Eskrough  A Low Ridge of Sandhills,   Uiske’, Water, ‘Ruagh’, reddish.

 25.  Glennawoo / Glanavoug  Glen of the Images or Spectres,  ‘Gleann’, a valley, ‘A Voudh’, of victory.

 26.  Gortermon / Gutermone    Field on the Bog,  ‘Gurth’, a tilled field, ‘Món’, turf.

 27.  Gortersluin / Guterslin  Field of the Slates, ‘Gurth’, a tilled field, ‘er-slin’, upon slate.

 28.  Killure     Church of theYew

 29.  Kilmacteige / Kilmactigue   Church of Mac Teige,  ‘Kíl’, a church of Mc. Teague.

 30.  Kincuillew / Kincullue    Wood Head,  ‘Keann’, a head, ‘Colluv’, of a wood-quest.

 31.  Knockahoney Hill of the Fire Wood,  ‘Knock’, a hill, ‘ a-hawnee’, of the river.

 32.  Knockbrack  Speckled Hill,  ‘Knock’, a hill, ‘Brack’, brackish or mottled.

 33.  Knocknasliggaun    Hill of the Shells

 34.  Largan   Hillside,  ‘Lawr’, middle or ‘Lurga’, a leg or shin bone.

  35.  Letterbrone   Hillside of Sorrow / ‘Leah’, half or ‘Leh’, apart, Tír’, territory, ‘Baroona’, of the barony, or   of the baron.

 36.  Lislea / Lisleagh   Grey Fort  ‘Lis’, a fort, ‘Liagh’, grey.

 37.  Meenagleragh / Meenaglearough   Misk of the Clergy,  The plain, ‘na g-clearach’, of the Clergy.

 38.  Meenamaddo / Meenamadough    Misk or Field of the Dogs,  The plain ‘na maddoch’, of the churl, or ‘na madda’, of the dogs.

 39.  Oughaval / Ougheval   New Habitation  Perhaps ‘Oughter a Vaile’ upper townland.

 40.  Ounagh / Oughanough (More/Beg)   Abounding in Caves,  Perhaps ‘Oughter Annagh’, ‘More’, ‘Beg’ upper, great or little annagh, or meeting place.

 41.  Rue / Rhue    Abounding in the Herb Rue  ‘Rhua’, red, and ‘Aha’, field.

 42.  Tawnaneilleen  Little Niall’s Field

43.  Toberroddy  Roddy’s Well

 44.  Toorlestraun/Tourlustrane/Tourlestrane   Green Field of the Scorching or Burning, ‘Toorluss’, a place subject to winter inundation,

Trahawn’, or ‘t- srahawine’, of the streamlet;  hence Thurles in Tipperary county, and other towns are denominated, as being surrounded with low grounds subject to such temporary floods.

 45.  Tullaghaglass / Tolloughaglass  Green Hills,  ‘Tullach’, a hillock, ‘Aha’, of the ford, or Ahha’, of the field and Glass’, green.

 46.  Tullanaglug / Tollenaglogg    Hill of the Bells,  ‘Tullach’, a hillock, ‘na g-clog’, of bells.

 47.  Tullymoy / Tolemoy                                                Hill of the Moy

S  ‘Tullach’, a hillock, ‘Muiye’, of the field.

 Reference: Wood-Martin, W.G., History of Sligo, County & Town, Dublin, (Vol. 1,2,3), No Date.


Townland (stories Interview): Meehan/Heneghan



Townland Map

Parish Map of Kilmacteige – Barony of Leyney




  1. 1.        Annagh
  2. 2.        Banada
  3. 3.        Belclare
  4. 4.        Carns
  5. 5.        Carraun
  6. 6.        Carrigeenagowna
  7. 7.        Carrownagappul
  8. 8.        Carrownlobaun
  9. 9.        Carrowreagh
  10. 10.    Castlerock
  11. 11.    Claddagh
  12. 12.    Cloonbarry
  13. 13.    Cloonca
  14. 14.    Cloongoonagh
  15. 15.    Cloonydiveen
  16. 16.    Coolrecuill
  17. 17.    Corray
  18. 18.    Creeghassaun
  19. 19.    Culdaly
  20. 20.    Curraghboy
  21. 21.    Dawros
  22. 22.    Drimina
  23. 23.    Drummartin
  24. 24.    Eskragh
  25. 25.    Glennawoo
  26. 26.    Gortermone
  27. 27.    Gorthersluin
  28. 28.    Killure
  29. 29.    Kilmacteige
  30. 30.    Kincuillew
  31. 31.    Knockahoney
  32. 32.    Knockbrack
  33. 33.    Knocknasliggaun
  34. 34.    Largan
  35. 35.    Letterbrone
  36. 36.    Lislea
  37. 37.    Meenagleragh
  38. 38.    Meenaglogh
  39. 39.    Meenamaddo
  40. 40.    Oughaval
  41. 41.    Ounagh
  42. 42.    Rue
  43. 43.    Tawnaneilleen
  44. 44.    Tobberroddy
  45. 45.    Toorlestraun
  46. 46.    Tullaghaglass
  47. 47.    Tullanaglug
  48. 48.    Tullymoy



Townland Acres 


518 Acres





915 Acres





690 Acres





330 Acres





275 Acres





139 Acres





132 Acres





264 Acres





1,308 Acres




 Castlerock or Castlecarragh

1,132 Acres




Claddagh 550Acres



443 Acres





363 Acres


Cloongoonagh 880  Acres


Cloonydiveen 135 Acres


 Coolrecuill (Coolreenill)

1,321 Acres




880 Acres




Corray  240 Acres




211 Acres



1,827 Acres






306 Acres



628 Acres






635 Acres



569 Acres





564 Acres






2,005 Acres




593 Acres




1,385 Acres




111 Acres




2,158 Acres




831 Acres



290 Acres






643 Acres




320 Acres



798 Acres





1,289 Acres





354 Acres





890 Acres



Meenagleragh ( Forest)


994 Acres



Meenaglogh (Forest)


461 Acres





187 Acres





831 Acres






721 Acres



646 Acres



Tawnaneilleen (Forest)


233 Acres






256 Acres




1,092 Acres


579 Acres



248 Acres








History of Aclare Village




Fair Day in Aclare by Richard Kennedy

Aclare Fair By Richard Kennedy:

Held on the last Wednesday of each month considered one of the best around.  It was often said if you refused a price in Aclare you would never beat the price at a neighbouring fair.

Starting early in the morning farmers gathered cattle at 2 or 3 a.m. All were walked to the fair.  Dealers arrived as early as 4a.m. and met the cattle coming in the dark in the hope of getting a good one or a cheap one. Cattle looked very good on the Bridge of Aclare so there was a rush to get a good position.  Many farmers considered certain places lucky and kept coming back to it each time.

Sheep and horses were sold on the back of circular or on the north side of Aclare. Pigs were sold on the middle of the street near the old post office.

Bonhams (young pigs) were brought in on carts, which backed in to the footpaths. Carts were covered with a bag type material, which was lifted to allow buyers select which one they wanted to buy.  All of which looked snow white as they were all washed on the night before, not a job liked by any one, very often carried out by the ladies of  the house. Sometimes the  big pigs were walked in  with a rope tied to one of their back legs and the farmer walked behind guiding the pig with a long rod or long stick. Sometimes the rope was made with straw and called a ‘Tum Sugan’.

Beside the bonhams there was a sweet stall which delighted all the children, that was on the northern size of the street.  On the southern side new and second hand clothes were sold, it was called a cant.  Clogs and shoes were also sold.  

There was no such thing as wellingtons in those days.  At about 11.30 a Cooper arrived selling churns and tubs always outside a house known as Flatleys.

When cattle were bought they were marked with a coloured raddle or a bit of dirt of the street, which constituted the binded contact.  The farmer was given a slip as the animal was impounded in Lehany’s yard.  This is now the health centre.  Cattle were nearly all black and it was amazing to see the dealers walking in the yard and picking out the cattle.  He bought some in the dark of the morning.  In fact a member of the Noone family which were famous dealers identified a black bullock in Berkinhead which he had bought a few weeks earlier in Aclare amongst over 300 other Blacks. It had been missing.  There wasn’t any ear tags to help identify it at that time.

Sellers were paid at about 12 o’clock when the Bank arrived and rented a room in what is now known as “May’s”.  It is still referred to as the Bank by some of the older people.  Going further back pigs were slaughtered after purchasing in the Slaughter House along the river.  This made it easier for transport as it had to be done by horses.  Some local people still remember those days.  Singers came from all over singing Irish songs and ballads.  One man came once a year and played lovely slow Airs on an Ivy leaf.

It was a very good day for the Business people of Aclare especially the pubs of which there was 7.  Each one having a snug which the women folk slipped in to.  Many a match was made for their Sons and daughters in them.










Townland Map


Photo (Creggan, Co. Mayo looking to County Sligo – © SMM 2013


Photo © SMM 2007

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