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What follows is an extract from "The Placenames of the Decies". This book was written by Rev. P.Power and printed in London by David Nutt, 57-59, Long Acre in 1907.

The parish gets its name from the townland on which stood the ancient church and priory. Both the church and priory are supposed to have grown out of the early monastic foundation of SS. Cuan and Brogan. The latter however was not at Mothel but at Ballynevin a mile, or so distant. The observant reader will notice the number of names implying ecclesiastical association and indicating dependency on an important religious house, e.g. Bishopstown, Ballynab, Cloch na Coimirce, Old Grange &;c. For a description of the church and priory remains the reader is referred to Waterford Archaeological Journal, Vol. II., pp. 9 &c.


  • BALLYNAB, Baile an Abadh - "The Abbot's Town." Area, 253 acres.
    "Ballynapp" (A.S.E.).
  • BALLYGARRET, Baile Ghearóid - "Garrett's Homestead." Area, 133 acres.
    "Ballygarrott" (A.S.E.)
  • BALLYHEST, Baile hEist - "Hesty's Homestead." (O.D.). Area, 135 acres.
  • BALLYKNOCK, Baile an Chnuic. - "The Hill Homestead." Area, 487 acres.
    Teige O'Bryan of Ballyknocke was fined £20 and imprisoned for refusing to present recusants. With him suffered in the cause a likely penalty, his neighbours, Roland Power of "Corduffe." Jeffrey Power of "Fedane," Walter and William Power of "Kilballykilty," and Nicholas Power of "Whitestowne." (Egmont MSS., Vol. I. p. 53.) Twenty pounds of those days was a grievous fine indeed - equal to perhaps £5000.
    S.DD. (a) Bárr Uisce - "Height (Summit) of (the) Water"; a well and sub-division.
    (b) Tobar na gCuigeann - "Well of the Churns."
  • BALLYNEAL, Baile Ui Neill - "O'Neall's Homestead." Area, 346 acres.
    "Ballyneyle" (D.S.R.).
    Eminent people born here were John Fleming, Irish scholar, and Bishop Edward Barron of Guinea Coast.
    S.D. Áth an Chailín - "Ford of the Girl"; perhaps the maiden was drowned here.
  • BALLYNEVIN, Baile Uí Chnáimhín - "O'Navin's Homestead"; this is popularly believed to have been church land fraudulently alienated, hence the tradition prevalent a century since that the occupying farmers invariably got "broke." The present, as well as the adjoining townland, is remarkable for a number of artificial pits now filled with water and frequented by wild ducks. A new generation has forgotten the object of the excavations, scil:- to extract marl for manure in the wheat-growing years of the early 19th century. Area, 697 acres.
    S.DD. (a) Tobar Chúain - "St. Cuan's Well"; next to St. Declan's Well, at Ardmore, this is the most remarkable holy well in Decies. The "patron" here on July 10th was attended by thousands.
    (b) "Site of St. Cuan's Church." The church, which belonged to the primitive and diminutive oratory class (stood on Drohan's farm) disappeared within the last hundred years.
  • BALLYTHOMAS, Baile Thomáis - "Thomas' Homestead." Area, 602 acres.
    S.D. Aughatanawillin (O.M.), Áth a' tSeana-Mhuilinn - "Old Mill Ford."
  • BISHOPSTOWN, Cill an Easpuig - "The Bishop's Church." Area, 591 acres.
    S.DD. (a) Na Cillíní; two or three small fields, in one of which was the site of the ancient church from which comes the name of the townland.
    (b) Aughnagan (O.M.), Áth na gCeann - "Ford of the Heads"; some monks were beheaded here and the heads were thrown into the stream. The most awesome and dreaded ghost in East Munster haunted this ford, and only the protection of SS. Cuan and Brogan rendered wayfarers secure against his molestations. On one occasion the ghost caught a Tartar:-

    An Sprid,
    "Tá coinneal & coinnleoir ann
    Agus cá bhfuil a leath-rann san"?
    "An Fear,
    "Muileann idir dhá ghleann
    "Agus é ag scilligeadh thall & a bhfus
    "Agus dá ndéanfá-sa an áithrighe in am"
    "Ní bheitheá; id' shamhailt annso."
    An Sprid,
    "Marach Cúain & Brógán & Íodhbairt na moinn
    "Ba chuimhin leat do chuaird go h-Áth na gCeann."

    The author is indebted to the late Mr. John O'Flynn, Carrick-on-Suir, for the second version:-
    An Fear,
    Cé h-é sin thall?; cé h-é sin thall?; cé h-é sin thall?
    An Sprid,
    Táfar ann; táfar ann; táfar ann.
    An Fear,
    Cuirfidh mise mé fein fé choimirce
    Cúain & Brógán & Íodhbhairt na moinn.
    An Sprid,
    Marach coimirce Cuain Brogáin
    Agus Íodhbairt na moinn
    Chuimhneochfá-sa go lá an luain,
    Ar do chuairt go h-Áit na gCeann.
  • CLONEA, Cluan-Fhiadh - "Meadow of (the) Deer." The sobriquet Paorach ("of Powers' Country") is generally added to distinguish this from a place of the same name in the adjoining Barony of Decies. On this townland are the ruins of a fine castle which was habitable till less than a century since. Area, 225 acres.
    "Clonee" (Inq. Eliz.).
    S.D. Drehid Keal Bridge (O.M.), Droichead Caol - "Narrow Bridge."
  • CLONMOYLE, Cluain Maol - "Bare Meadow." Area, 202 acres.
    "Clonmele" (Inq. Chas. I. ).
  • COMMONS. Modern name; no Irish form; entirely mountain. Area, 367 acres.
  • COOLNALINGADY, Cúil na Loinnide - Meaning unknown. Other forms have been suggested; Cúil na Linne Fhada - "The Ridge-Back of the Long Pool"; from its proximity to Crotty's Lake, and Currach na Laingaide - "Bog of the Spancel."
    Currach Leaindí "Landy's Bog." The townland is more commonly known as Curraghlandy, perhaps from an old sub-denomination. Area, 367 acres.
    S.DD. (a) Leaca Riabhach - "Grey Glen-Slope."
    (b) Tobar na Bainríoghna - "The Queen's Well"; sarcastically, from some lady-proprietor who was noted for her "airs."
    (c) Carraig Reamhar - "Thick Stumpy Rock."
    (d) An Bealach - "The Roadway (or Pass)"; a "gap" leading to Commons.
    (e) Claidhe na bhFiann and Soc & a Choltair - "Earthen-Fence of the Fianns" and "Sock and Its Colter" respectively; these are the two remarkable and nearly parallel trenches which run up the steep mountain side and are visible for miles. At a distance the curious features look like boundary fences - one considerably longer than the other. It was Fionn MacCumbail who ploughed them: he had completed the first and had got more than half-way up the second-furrow when the ploughshare (colter) broke.
    (f) An Lúib - "The Hoop"; name of a field.
    (g) Coinnleach Árd - "High Stubble-Field"; a patch of now wild mountain, at a considerable elevation.
    (h) Tuinn a' Ghearráin Léith - "Swamp of the Old Grey Horse."
    (I) Bán na Nóiníní - "Daisy Field."
    (j) Currach na Leadbh - "Marsh of the Rags."
    (k) An Dubhglais - "The Dark -Coloured Stream." The present name is applied to the stream forming the boundary with Ross.
    (l) Tobar na nAibhle - "The Sparkling-Well."
    (m) Beárna an Ruadháin - "Gap of the Moory Tract."
    (n) Bealach na nGeaitíní - "Way of the Little Gates."
    (o) Barr a' Bhealaigh - "Top of the Highway."

    The features designated by the following five names occur along the mountain summit - south to north:-

    Cnoc Maol - as seen from the side of Coumshingaun with a small lake at the front of the Coum.

    (p) Cnoc Maol - "Bare Hill."
    (q) Clocha Díog - "Stony Bank."
    (r) Carraig a tSonnaidh - "Rock of the Stockade."
    (s) Stolla Chrotaigh - "Crotty's Cliff" named from the famous outlaw. See under Ross.

    Crotty's Rock at the back of
    Crotty's Lake

  • COOLROE, Cúil Ruadh - "Red Corner." Area, 217 acres.
    "Coolroe" (A.S.E.).
  • CURRAGHDUFF, Currach Dubh - "Black Morass." Area, 394 acres.
  • CURRAGHPHILIPEEN, Currach Philibín - "Plover (or Little Phillip's) Morass."
    "Curraghphillifreen" (D.S.R.).
  • FALLAGH, An Falla - "The Wall." Area, 342 acres.
    "Folllo" (D.S.R.).
    S.D. Áth na Fallaighe - "Ford of Fallagh."
  • GLENAPHUCA, Gleann a' Phúca - "The Pooka's Glen." Area, 560 acres.
    "Glenafoco" (D.S.R.).
    S.D. Áth na hEaglaise - "Ford of the Church"; this is close to the north-east angle of the townland - on the boundary of latter with Curraghtaggart - and is so named from a Penal Days Chapel which stood in the adjoining field (on Glenaphuca).
  • GLENSTOWN, Baile an Ghleanna - "Homestead of the Glen." Area, 343 acres.
    "Glanbegg" (D.S.R.).
    S.DD. (a) Clais a' Mhadraid - "Trench of the Wolf"; regarded locally as an independant townland and now frequently Anglicised Glendog!
    (b) Aughagowleen, Áth a' Ghaibhlín - Ford of the Little River Forks."
  • JOANSTOWN, Baile Siobhán - "Johanna's Homestead." Area, 506 acres.
    S.DD. (a) Cill Mhuire - "Site of Muire's (Mary's)? Church."
    (b) Loch Buidhe - "Yellow Pond."
    (c) Ráthíní - "Little Forts."
Go to the K-W Mothel placenames


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