Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Pollnamal in Galway; Poll-na-meall, of hillocks. See Maul [reproduced below].
Maul in Cork and elsewhere represents Meall, knoll or little hill : vol. i. p. 394 [reproduced below].
Mael [mwail or moyle] as an adjective signifies bald, bare, or hornless; and it is often employed as a noun to denote anything having these shapes or qualities. It is, for instance, applied to a cow without horns, which in almost every part of Ireland is called a mael or mweelleen. It is also used synonymously with giolla, to denote in a religious sense, a person having the head shorn or tonsured; it was often prefixed to the name of a saint, and the whole compound used to denote a person devoted to such saint; and as a mark of reverence this kind of name was often given to men at their baptism, which originated such surnames as Mulholland, Mulrony, Molony, Mulrenin, Malone, etc. It is applied to a church or building of any kind that is either unfinished or dilapidated - most commonly the latter; thus Templemoyle, the bald or dilapidated church, is the name of some places in Derry, Galway, and Donegal; there are five townlands in Antrim and one in Longford called Kilmoyle which have the same meaning; Kilmoyle near Ballymoney is in Latin records translated Ecclesia calva, which gives the exact sense. And Castlemoyle, bald castle, occurs in Galway, Wexford, and Tipperary. The word is used to designate a moat or mound flat on top, or dilapidated by having the materials carted away; and hence we have such names as Rathmoyle, Lismoyle, and Dunmoyle. Mael is applied to hills and promontories, and in this sense it is very often employed to form local names. Moyle, one of its usual forms, and the plural Moyles, gives names to several places in the middle and northern counties; Knockmoyle, a usual townland name, bald hill. In the south and west it often assumes the form mweel, which preserves the pronunciation more nearly than moyle: thus Mweelahorna near Ardmore in Waterford, the bald hill of the barley; and in Fermanagh, also, this form is found in Mweelbane, white hill. It sometimes takes the form of meel, as in Meelshane in Cork, John's bald hill; Meelgarrow in Wexford, rough hill (garbh, rough); Meeldrum near Kilbeggan in Westmeath, bare ridge. There are two diminutives in pretty common use, maelán and maeilín [mweelaun, mweeleen]; the former is often applied to round-backed islands in the sea, or to round bare rocks; and we find accordingly several little islands off the south and west coast, called Moylaun, Moylan, and Mweelaun. The same word is seen in Meelon near Bandon, and Milane, near Dunmanway, both in Cork; and in Mellon near where the Maigue joins the Shannon in Limerick. The second diminutive is more frequent, and it is spelled in various ways; it is found as Moyleen and Mweeleen in Galway, Kerry, and Mayo; Mweeling near Ardmore in Waterford; and Meeleen in the parish of Kilquane, Cork. Meelaghans near Geashill in King's County (little bare hills), exhibits another diminutive, Maelachán; and we have still another in Milligan in Monaghan, and Milligans in Fermanagh, little hills. Mealough is the name of a townland in the parish of Drumbo, Down, meaning either a round hill or a place abounding in hillocks. In Scotland, the word mael is often used, as for instance in the Mull of Galloway and the Mull of Cantire; in both instances the word Mull signifying a bare headland. From the Mull of Cantire, the sea between Ireland and Scotland was anciently called the "Sea-stream of Moyle"; and Moore has adopted the last name in his charming song. "Silent, O Moyle, be the roar of thy water". Mael combines with the Irish preposition for, forming the compound formael, which is used to signify a round-hill; and which, in the forms Formoyle, Fermoyle, and Formil, constitutes the names of twenty-nine townlands, scattered through the four provinces; in Meath it is made Formal, and in Galway it retains the more Irish form, Formweel. This name occurs twice in the Four Masters: first at A. D. 965, where a battle is recorded to have been fought at Formaeil of Rathbeg, which O'Donovan identifies with Formil in the parish of Lower Bodoney, Tyrone; and secondly, at 1051, where mention is made of Slieve-O'Flynn, west of Castlerea in Roscommon.