Information about Polladirk River

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Polladirk River
Irish Form of Name:
Poll a Dirc
hole of the cavern
Civil Parish:
Ballynakill in the barony of Ballynahinch
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Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Polladirk River
[Pouladirk changed to Polladirk]
Poll a Dirc
Poul a dirk river Inhabitants
This river is about five feet wide at its source gradually widening to 20 or 30 feet. It receives Srughaun Glan-corabet, Srughaun na Greagh, Srughaun Loughaun a Veagh and several other streams. It is a rapid river, has a sandy bottom. It has no fish in it.
Rises near the S. part of the E. boundary of Addragool runs about 1½ miles W. turns N. and falls into Daurus River.

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Poll or Poul, a hole in the ground or river or bog, an excavation, a cavern : sometimes made Pollach, like smolach, from Smol: see vol. ii. p. 5.

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
Polladirk River is in Addergoole townland.

Information From Maps

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