Information about Kilconnel Abbey

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Kilconnel Abbey
Irish Form of Name:
Cill Chonaill
Conall’s Church
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Kilconnel Abbey
Kilconnel Abbey
The magnificent Abbey is built on a beautifully elevated green field and is an oblong form, having on its North side a tower attached to it, which has winding stone stairs from the bottom to the top. The walls are nearly all standing and are beautifully ornamented inside by sculptured work, also three alters and several vaults are to be seen inside, it is said by antiquarians to be a very old building erected by a family of the name of Daly and is also said that both the town and Barony of Kilconnel derived their names from this building.
This old abbey is situated in the centre of Abbeyfield townland North of Kilconnel Town about 6 chains and from Ballinasloe about 6 miles.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Kill alone is the name of more than a score of places in various counties: in most cases it stands for cill, a church: but in some it is for coill, a wood.

Townland Information

What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
Kilconnel Abbey is in Abbeyfield townland.

Information From Maps

Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Kilconnel Abbey
Information from the National Monuments Service.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service