Information about Toorkeel

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Toorkeel
Irish Form of Name:
Tuar Caol
Translation:
narrow bleach or green field
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Toorkeel
Tuar Caol
Tuar Caol
Gort na Luachar (known), field of the rushes
Gurtnaloohane
Villa Demesne B.S. Sketch Map
Tourkeel Barony Map
Tourkel County Map
Tourkeele Inq. Temp. Jac. 1
Turekele Inq. Temp. Jac.1
part thereof called Tourkeel, Tourkeel, Tourkeele Vestry Book 1826 at Athenry
Description:
All under tillage. It is the property of Mr. Tighe. It is all under cultivation and near its centre is the Residence of the Proprietor South of a road which passes through the centre of the townland.
Situation:
3 miles S. E. of Monivea. It is situated 3 ½ miles S.S. E. of Monivea, bounded on the North by Glannagloghan, West by Lissdoran, South by Ballyboggan and East by Cloonkeenbeg.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Toor, Irish Tuar ; sometimes means (primarily) a bleach-green, or where things are spread out to dry, sometimes (secondarily) a home field where cows graze and are fed and milked. Same with the dim. Tooreen. Toors and Tooreens are often along streams.

Information From Griffith's Valution

Area in Acres, Roods and Perches:
A.R.P.
111 0 8
Land value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
58 11 0
Building value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
12 3 0
Total value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
£.s.d.
64 12 0
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:
Toorkeel is a townland.

Information From Maps

Original OS map of this area.
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Ireland was first mapped in the 1840s. These original maps are available online.
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Toorkeel
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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Toorkeel
Information from the Down Survey Website.
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The down survey website will tell you who owned this townland in 1641 (pre Cromwell) and in 1671 (post Cromwell).
Down Survey Website
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Information from Google Maps.
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You can use this link to find this townland on Google Maps.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service

Neighbouring Townlands

List of townlands that share a border with this townland:
This is a list of townlands that share a border with this townland.

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.)
Toorkeel is in the civil parish of Monivea.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Abbeyknockmoy
  • Athenry
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Monivea
In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same, but, this is not always the case.

Other Sources

Information from the Logainm database.
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