Information about Altore

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Irish Form of Name:
an altar
Civil Parish:
Ballynakill in the barony of Ballynahinch
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Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Althoir Inhabitants
Altar (Eng.) Inhabitants
Druid's Altar Inhabitants
This altar which is on a green bank is now a few scattered stones. It is 27 feet long, 6 feet wide at one end and gradually widening to 9 feet at the other. In the centre are 2 large stones 5 feet long and bearing, an irregular Cromleck 9 feet long, 4 broad and about 2 feet thick at one end, and sloping to an edge at the other, rested upon upright stones sunk in the ground and forming a kind of room inside which is no more than about 3 feet high.
Situated at the S.E. part of Cleggan townland within 24 feet of the shore and S. of Cleggan Tower.

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
Altore is in Cleggan townland.

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.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service