Information about Lisheenavalla

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Irish Form of Name:
Lisín a Bhealaigh
little fort of the road or pass
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Lisín a Bhealaigh
Lisheenavalla B. S. Sketch Map
Lisheenawalla Barony Map
Lisheenavalla County Map
Lisseenvalley High Constable 1838
Lisseenavalla or the village burying ground Local
Liseenvally Rev. T. Kearney, P.P.
Lisseenavalla Vestry Book 1826
Townland. The property of Mrs. Reddington. There is a group of houses near to N.W. extremity known by the name of the townland, a short distance E. of which there is a small fort which probably gives name to the townland. About 1/3 tilled, the remainder in pasture.
5 miles N. W. of Athenry. Ph. of Lackagh, Barony of Clare. Bounded on the N, by Grange W. and Cregcorragh, on the W. by Coshla, S. by Carnmore E. and Caherlea and W. by Islandmore.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Lisheenavalla in Galway ; Lisin-a'-bhealaigh, little fort of the pass or road. See Bealach, vol. i. p. 371.
Bealach [ballagh], signifies a road or pass. It forms part of the well-known battle cry of the 88th Connaught Rangers, Fág-a'-bealach, clear the road. Ballagh, the usual modern form, constitutes or begins the names of a number of places; near several of these the ancient roadways may be traced; and in some cases they are still used. Ballaghboy, yellow road, was formerly the name of several old highways, and is still retained by a number of townlands. Ballaghmoon, two miles north of Carlow, where the battle in which Cormac Mac Cullenan was killed, was fought in the year 903, is called in the Book of Leinster, Bealach-Mughna, Mughan's or Mooan's pass; but we know not who this Mughan was. The great road from Tara to the south-west, called Slighe Dala, is still remembered in the name of a townland in Queen's County, which enables us to identify at least one point in its course. This road was also called Ballaghmore Moydala (the great road of the plain of the conference), and the first part of this old name is retained by the townland of Ballaghmore near Stradbally. There are several other places in Leinster and Munster called Ballaghmore, but none with such interesting associations as this. Several other well-known places retain the memory of those old bealachs. Ballaghadereen in Mayo, is called in Irish Bealach-a'-doirin, the road of the little oak-wood; the village of Ballaghkeen in Wexford, was originally called Bealach-caein, beautiful road; and Ballaghkeeran near Athlone, must have been formerly shaded with keerans or quicken-trees. When this word occurs as a termination, it is very often changed to vally by the aspiration of the b, and the disappearance of the final guttural. There are townlands scattered through the four provinces called Ballinvally and Ballyvally, the town of the road; which in Limerick is made Ballinvallig, by the restoration of the final g (p. 31). So also Moyvally, the name of a place in Carlow, and of another in Kildare - the latter a station on the Midland railway - the plain or field of the road. The word has another form still in Revallagh near Coleraine, clear or open (reidh) road - so called, no doubt, to distinguis it from some other road difficult of passage. For the word ród, a road, see 2nd Vol., Chap. XIII.

Information From Griffith's Valution

Area in Acres, Roods and Perches:
546 0 7
Land value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
139 1 8
Building value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
0 0 0
Total value at the time in pounds, shillings and pence:
139 1 8
Heads of housholds living in the townland at this time:

Townland Information

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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
Lisheenavalla is a townland.

Information From Maps

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Population and Census Information

People who lived here:
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  • 1901 Census
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List of nineteenth century and early twentieth century inhabitants of this townland.
Church records of births, deaths and marriages:
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Lisheenavalla is in the civil parish of Lackagh.
Roman Catholic parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Roman Catholic parish or parishes.
  • Lackagh
Church of Ireland parishes:
This civil parish corresponds with the following Church of Ireland parish.
  • Lackagh
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