Information about Knockaunawadda

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Knockaunawadda
Irish Form of Name:
Cnocán a Mhada
Translation:
hillock of the dog
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Knockaunawadda
Cnocán a Mhada
Cnocán a Mhada
Cruckaunawadda By. Surveyors Sketch Map
Cruckanwadda Engraved County Map
Knuckanawadda Lord Gort’s Agent Mr. Slator
Cruckanawadda Rev. John Ford, P.P.
Description:
Proprietor Richard Gregory, Esq., Coole. Post Town Gort. E. L. Hunt, Esq., Ballinamantin Cottage, Post Town Gort (Agent). Let to 8 occupying tenants at will at the average yearly rent of 30s. per acre. County Cess 5s. Quit rent 2d. per acre. Tithes withheld by the tenantry. Soil rocky. Usual crops wheat, oats and potatoes. No bog. Tenantry Roman Catholics. Prevailing names Galvan and Killeen. Terra River on the N.W. boundary. Trout and Perch in this River. Authority Thomas Hinds, townland Ballycahalan.
Situation:
In the North West extremity of the parish of Kilbeakanty, Barony of Kiltartan and County Galway, North East of Ferragh River.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Knockaunawadda in Galway; little hill of the madadh or dog. See vol. i. p. 479 [reproduced below].
There are two words in common use for a dog, cu and madradh [madda, maddra], which enter extensively into local names. Of the two forms of the latter, madradh is more usual in the south, and madadh in the rest of Ireland; they often form the terminations -na-maddy, -namaddoo, and -namaddra, of the dogs; as in Ballynamaddoo in Cavan, Ballynamaddress in Cork, and Ballynamaddy in Antrim, the town of the dogs, Annagh-na-maddoo, the dogs' marsh: or if in the genitive singular, -avaddy, -avaddoo, and -avadara, of the dog; as in Knockavaddra, Knockavaddy, Knockawaddra, and Knockawaddy, the dog's hill. The other word, cu, is in the modern language always applied to a greyhound, but according to O'Brien, it anciently signified any fierce dog. It is found in many other languages as well as Irish, as for example, in Greek, kuon; Latin, canis; Welsh, ci; Gothic, hunds; English, hound; all different forms of the same primitive word. This term is often found in the beginning of names. The parish of Connor in Antrim appears in Irish records in the various forms, Condeire, Condaire, Condere, etc.; and the usual substitution of modern nn for the ancient nd (see p. 64), changed the name to Conneire and Connor. In a marginal gloss in the Martyrology of Aengus, at the 3rd Sept., the name is explained as "Doire-na-con, the oak-wood in which were wild dogs formerly, and she wolves used to dwell therein" (See Reeves's Eccl. Ant., p.85). Conlig in Down signifies the stone of the hounds; Convoy in Donegal, and Conva in Cork, both from Con-mhagh, hound-plain. And as a termination it usually assumes the same form as in Clooncon and Cloncon, the hound's meadow; except when the e is eclipsed (p. 22), as we find in Coolnagun in Tipperary and Westmeath, the corner of the hounds.

Information From Griffith's Valution

Area in Acres, Roods and Perches:
A.R.P.
53 0 30
Land value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
26 6 5
Building value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
0 0 0
Total value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
26 6 5
Heads of housholds living in the townland at this time:

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
Townland:
Knockaunawadda is a townland.

Information From Maps

Original OS map of this area.
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Knockaunawadda
Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Information from the Down Survey Website.
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Neighbouring Townlands

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Population and Census Information

People who lived here:
You can retrieve a list of people who lived in this townland from 1827 to 1911. This list is compiled from the following resources.
  • The Tithe Applotment Books
  • Griffith's Valuation
  • 1901 Census
  • 1911 Census
List of nineteenth century and early twentieth century inhabitants of this townland.
Church records of births, deaths and marriages:
Church records of births, deaths and marriages are available online at http://www.rootsireland.ie. To search these records you will need to know the 'church parish' rather than the 'civil parish'. (The civil parish is the pre-reformation parish and was frequently used as a unit of administration in the past.)
Knockaunawadda is in the civil parish of Kilbeacanty.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Kilbeacanty
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Kilbeacanty
In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same, but, this is not always the case.

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