Information about Coorinch

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Irish Form of Name:
An Chubhar Inse
the froathy island
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
An Chubhar Inse
Coba Inse
An Cúr Inse
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Courinch Mr. Hardy, Agent to – West, Esq.
An island in which there is no remarkable feature – all arable.
Bounded by the Shannon.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Cooracurkia in Galway; Cuar-a'-coirce, round hollow of the oats. See vol. ii. p. 321 [reproduced below].
Oats. The observations made about the early cultivation of wheat apply equally to oats; mumerous references to its cultivation and use are found in our most ancient literature. In recent times, before the potato became very general, oats formed one of the principal articles of food of the people; and even so late as the beginning of the present century, a quern or hand-mill, chiefly for grinding oats, was a very usual article in the houses of the peasantry. The Irish word for oats is coirce [curkia]; Welsh ceirch, Armoric kerch; and it appears with ins full pronunciation in Lissacurkia, the name of two places in Roscommon, one near Tulsk, and the other in the parish of Tibohine, near Frenchpark - the fort of the oats, a name of like origin to Lissanarroor (p. 318); while another form of the word appears in Farranacurky near Lisnaskea in Fermanagh, oats bearing land (fearann). This word is often shortened to one syllable: but whether shortened or not, it is easily recognised: the examples given here include almost all its anglicised forms. Gortachurk is the name of a townland near Bellananagh in Cavan; and there is a place called Coolacork in the parish of Dunganstown, south of Wicklow; the former signifying the field (gort), and the latter the angle or corner (cúil) of the oats.

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
Coorinch 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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Information from the Down Survey Website.
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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 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.)
Coorinch is in the civil parish of Clonfert.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Clonfert, Meelick & Eyrecourt
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Clonfert
In general, the civil parish and the Church of Ireland parish are the same, but, this is not always the case.