Community Centre

facebook page
Contact number
087 8331110.


A local venue suitable for a wide range of activities , events, meetings & classes. This Community facility is YOUR facility and we WELCOME you to use it .


Civil Parish record details , used pre 20th century …later DED divisions are used in census records
Explanation of administrative divisions such as D.E.D.s , Civil Parishs and Baronies , also some information on land measurement …

Moorgagagh Civil Parish

Moorgagagh :: click for more detail
Civil Parish Map.
County : Mayo
Poor Law Union : Ballinrobe
Barony : Kilmaine
O.S. Maps : Mayo – 121 . 122
R.C. Parish : Kilmaine
R.C. Diocese : Tuam
R.C. Church : Kilmaine
Marriage Records : 1854
Baptism records : 1854

Click on map for a detailed townland index map . . . .

Official O.S. townland names in this parish are

Bullaun   Cahermaculick  
Carrowmore   Carrowkeel  
Cregnanagh   Garraun  
Gorteens   Kill  
Lisheenielagaun   Moorgagagh  

Placenames in this parish other than official townlands

Known locations other than official townlands where the geographical location is known.

Tithe Applotments (1823-38) Exact Locations unknown but in this parish.

Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary 1837.

The Moorgagagh entry in Lewis Topographical Dictionary of 1837


Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary (1837)

A parish, in the barony of KILMAINE, county of MAYO, and province Of CONNAUGHT,5 1/5 miles (N.) from Headfort, on the road to Ballinrobe; containing 518 inhabitants.
The parish comprises 1362 statute acres of arable and pasture land.
It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, forming part of the union of Kilmainmore : the tithes amount to 55.
In the R. C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Kilmain.

There is a private school, in which are about 160 children.
From the fine ruins of the abbey of Kill, part of the possessions of the Benedictines in the 12th ,century, situated near the border of a small lake, an extensive and interesting view is obtained.

Field Name books from 1840’s

Field Name Book description from 1838/1839 noted by the surveyors who produced the O.S maps originally.



B.S.S.M. :: Mór Gágach, split or chinked wall or house.

  • Moorgagagh : J. 0’D,
  • Moregagagh : County Book
  • Moorgagagh : Tithe Ledger

This name is said locally to be the original name of the old church, which stands in ruins in Moorgagagh td., and which is said to have obtained the epithet Gagach from having its walls split by the heat of the sun.
The word Mór, which is cognate with the Latin Murus, signifying a wall, was used by the ancient Irish to signify, not alone a wall, but a house or castle. For example, Mur Ollamhan, the House of the Ollavs, at Tara, and Mur na mBrathar, the douse of the Friars, at Donegal.
This parish is situated in the east side of the barony of Kilmaine.

It is bounded on the N. by the parishes of Kilmainemore and Kilmainebeg; W. by the ph. of Kilmainebeg; S. by Shrule parish; and E. by the phs. of Shrule and Kilmainemore.
It contains 1,789a. 1r. 5p., statute measure, of which 86a. Or. 4p. are water.
It is a rectory and vicarage in the diocese of Tuam, and its tithes amount to £55. In the td. of Kill are the remains of an old abbey.

Miscellaneous Features

Lough Kill

B.S.S.M. 12
Loch na Cille, the lake of the church.

  • Loughnakill: J. 0’D,

Situated on the southern boundary of the parish, and on the northern boundary of Shrule parish.
This lake is almost dry in the summer season.

Lough Lee

B.S.S.M. 13
Loch Laoigh, lake of the calf.

  • Lough Lee : J. 0’D,
  • Lough Lee : County Book,
  • Lough Lee : Local

This lake is situated on the southern boundary of the parish and of the td. of Gorteens.

The placename database covers the Poor Law Unions of Ballinrobe and Tuam roughly a 15 kilometer radius centered on Shrule , the townland database covers most of Connaught in lesser detail .

Find ::

When searching for a placename type some or all of the word and click search. If you are unsure of the spelling try a part of the word . For example the placename Mocharra sounds like Moharra so if you search for arra you should find it. For example a placename record ( eg Rostaff ) gives the townland ( eg Moyne ) and the civil parish ( eg Shrule ) .

Civil Parish details available :: 40

Abbeyknockmoy ,   Annaghdown ,   Athenry ,   Belclare ,   Ballinchalla ,   Ballinrobe ,   Cargin ,   Clonbern ,   Claregalway ,   Cong (Galway) ,   Cummer ,   Dunmore ,   Donaghpatrick ,   Kilbennon ,   Kilconla ,   Kilmoylan ,   Kilcoona ,   Killeany ,   Killursa ,   Kilkilvery ,   Killower ,   Lackagh ,   Moylough ,   Monivea ,   Killererin ,   Tuam ,   Ballinchalla ,   Ballyovey ,   Ballinrobe ,   Ballintober ,   Cong ,   Kilcommon ,   Kilmolara ,   Kilmainebeg ,   Kilmainemore ,   Moorgagagh ,   Mayo ,   Robeen ,   Shrule ,   Unknown ,   more to come . . . .

Barony details available

Clare  ,   Kilmaine  ,   more to come . . . .

Poor Law Unions details available

Tuam  ,   Ballinrobe  ,   more to come . . . .

Land divisions and Administration

Go to the Map Resources page for descriptions and explanations of the land divisions used in genealogy plus explanations of terms etc…

Civil Parish Maps

There are two general index maps of the Civil Parishes , one for South Mayo and the other for North Galway . These correspond roughly to the Baronies of Kilmaine (Co Mayo ) and Clare (Co Galway) and show the civil parish boundaries and parish locations in relation to each other.

Townland Index maps .

Official O.S. townland names in Shrule parish

Unknown   ,   Ballisnahyny   ,   Ballycurrin Demesne   ,   Ballynalty   ,   Brackloon   ,   Brodullagh North   ,   Brodullagh South   ,   Bunnafollistran   ,   Cahernabrock   ,   Cloghmoyne   ,   Cloonbanaun   ,   Commons   ,   Cullagh   ,   Dalgan Demesne   ,   Glasvally   ,   Gortatober   ,   Gortbrack   ,   Kinlough   ,   Mocollagan   ,   Mocorha   ,   Mounthenry   ,   Moyne   ,   Ramolin   ,   Rooaunalaghta   ,   Shrule   ,   Shrule Town   ,   Toorard   ,   Cornehan   ,   if the place you seek is not here it’s not an official townland name , search or select the parish link to see all placenames in that parish.
There are townland index maps for Shrule and the surrounding civil parishes available below . They show the townland boundaries and main features of the Civil Parish . They can be useful in locating adjacent townlands or parishes to the one you may be researching.

Categories: .

Web Design by CARGINsoft . © 1996-2010 . Hosted and maintained by CARGINsoft
Content supplied from many sources. eMail me if errors are found.