Information about Knockmaa
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Irish Form of Name:
Maigh Seola i.e. plain of the sailing or guiding
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Anciently Chnoc Meadha Siúil, hill of mede of Seola Local
Maigh Seola Local
A celebrated hill [unable to read] supposed to be inhabited by fairies.
Situated in townland Caltra and Cahereeny.
Information from the Ordnance Survey Letters:
The Ordnance Survey Letters are letters between John O'Donovan and his supervisor, Thomas Larcom, regarding the work of compiling the Field Books. These letters provide further discussion on many of the places listed in the Field Books.
References to this place can be found in the following letters.
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
Information From Maps
Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Below is a link to the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website. It displays the original OS map that was created in the 1840s.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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You can use this link to view a map of archaelogical features.
This link brings you to a website wherein you will have to search for your townland.
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