Information about Owenglen River
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Irish Form of Name:
river of the valley
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Glen River Inhabitants
Owínn Ghlinne (Ir.) Inhabitants
Owen Glin Roderic O’Flaherty
This river is about 36 feet wide and very shallow in dry weather with a rocky and gravely bottom. N rainy weather, however, it sends forth a vast body of water with tremendous violence overflowing its banks in some parts to a great extent. Its fish are only a few small trout in consequence of a great fall at the mouth of the harbour which prevents any getting up.
Rises in the parishof Moyrus and at the S.E. part of the parish of Omey forming the boundary between same leaving the former to the S. and the latter to the N flows in a westerly course, washes the town of Clifden, and after a course 5 ½ miles falls into Ardbear Bay.
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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This link is not a link to the townland that you are currently researching; however, if you follow this link, you will see a search box near the top of the page which you can use to search for your townland.
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You can select more than one map and you can use a slider to make one map more transparent than another. This allows you to view what features were present or absent at different points in time.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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