Information about Renvile Church

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Renvile Church
Irish Form of Name:
Rín a Mhaoile
point of Mael (a man’s name)
Civil Parish:
Ballynakill in the barony of Ballynahinch
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Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Renvile Church
Rinvyle old (in old English letters)
Renvile Church Inhabitants
Relic Rhin a weela (Irish) Inhabitants
Church of the seven daughters J.O’D.
Is a burial ground in which is the ruin of a house of worship. Its walls are standing and are about 10 feet high. It is about 40 feet long and 24 broad with an altar of stones in its E. end. There is also at the E. end of this, a round hill in form of a fort about 1 chain in diameter. It has a green surface. It is said to be gradually made by putting a stone in it at the coming of each corpse. Such, however, is not in use nowadays.
Situated in N.W. corner of Coshleen townland.

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
Renvile Church is in Cashleen townland.

Information From Maps

Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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Renvile Church
Information from the National Monuments Service.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service