Information about Clifden Monastery
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Irish Form of Name:
[Clifden means] a ford or stepping stones in a ford
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Clifden Monastery Inhabitants
This monastery was founded in 1838 is of the 3rd order of Saint Francis and is a branch of that in Mount Bellew Bridge in the Co. Galway. It is 3 story high and can accommodate eight monks. In it shall be a school and three trades viz. a weaver, , a shoemaker and a tailor. It is supposed that the expense of it when finished will be about £600.
Situated in the N.W. corner of Clifden townland and a little W. of Clifden.
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
Clifden Monastery is in Clifden townland.
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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