Information about Derryvealawauma

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Irish Form of Name:
Doire Bhéil a' Mháma
oak-wood of the mouth of the pass
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Doire Bhéil a' Mháma
Derryvailawauma Patrick Burke, Farmer, Cappahoosh
In the N. end of the townland of Derryvailawauma on the parish boundary between the parishes of Ross and Moyrus

Information From Joyce's Place Names

Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Derryvealawauma in Galway; Doire-bheil-a'-mhadhma [-wauma], grove of (or at) the mouth of the mountain-pass. See Madhm in vol. i. p. 176 [reproduced below].
I will digress here for a moment to remark that the word madhm [maum or moym] is used in the western counties from Mayo to Kerry, and especially in Connemara, to denote an elevated mountain pass or chasm; in which application the primary sense of breaking or bursting asunder is maintained. This is the origin of the several places called Maum in these counties, some of which are well known to tourists - such as Maum Hotel; Maumturk, the pass of the boars; Maumakeogh, the pass of the mist, etc. In Mayo we find Maumnaman, the pass of the women; in Kerry Maumnahaltora of the altar; and in Fermanagh Mullanvaum, the summit of the elevated pass.

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
Derryvealawauma is in Derryvealawauma townland.