Information about Booleynabrone
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Irish Form of Name:
Buaile na Bron
dairy of the quern
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Buaile na Bron
Bullinabrown Hyacinth Clarke, Esq.
Bullinabrown Mr. O’Callaghan
Bullinabrown Sir John Burke
Bullinabrown The inhabitants
A district of the townland so called (composed of bog and arable with a few houses) but does not represent any matter worthy of remark.
In the North end of the townland of Derrygolan South about 4 miles S. S. West of Woodford.
Information From Joyce's Place Names
Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Booley, Bola, Boola, Bool, the most usual anglicised forms of buaile, a milking or dairy-place, for which see vol. i. p. 239. Latterly the term was often applied to any cattle enclosure near the homestead where cows were brought together morning and evening and fed and milked. Boolies, the same only with the English plural: p. 11 [reproduced below].
Many of our local names - for obvious reasons - are plural, as happens in all other countries (vol. i. p.32). Very often in such cases, the Irish plural termination is rejected in anglicisation and the English plural termination s adopted.
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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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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You can use this link to view a map of archaelogical features.
This link brings you to a website wherein you will have to search for your townland.
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