Townland Signs

Townland Sign A team has been set up under the direction of Eleanor de Eyto to locate and refurbish the townland signs around Newport, and to replace those that have gone missing over the years.

These signs - 81 in all - were made in 1986 by Foróige members as a tourism project, using rejected teak door panels. This wonderful restoration initiative will keep the townland names in everyday use - if you know the location of any of the original signs, please get in touch and we will pass the information on to the project team.

Eleanor writes

"Since the publication of my article entitled 'Missing Townland Signs – Operation Recovery' published in Vol. 01 December 2013 of the Burrishoole Parish Magazine, six months have passed and I am able to report significant progress. To date 18 of the 81 signs have been found and several of those have already been restored and re-erected. Below is a list of those traced.
We are very grateful to everybody who has helped with the project so far and thank them for their continuing volunteering. We hope that more of the old signs will be located and reiterate that they be photographed in their present location and in their current condition BEFORE being removed for restoration. I am making a photographic inventory of these signs for the records. Wonderful stories are being recorded at the same time.
The Men’s Shed in Newport is doing great work in making new signs to replace those that are missing and to date have made roughly 13 signs which will be erected in due course. Sister Immaculata is totally amazed and delighted to see this project getting an update. We are all understanding and appreciating more and more our native language and anybody interested is encouraged to log onto to research placenames - what a wonderful resource !"

Map Ref Townland Irish Name Translation Status
 1 Carrowkeel An Cheathrú Chaol Narrow Quarter On the wall adjacent Burrishoole 7 arch bridge, in good condition
 2 Treenbeg Trianbeag Little third Currently being restored
 3 Rosclave Ros Cléibh Point of land of the basket Safely up on pole
 4 Shanvalleyhugh Sheanbhaile Aodha Hugh's Oldtown Restored very recently
 5 Derrygarve Doire Garbh Rough oak wood Restored and re-erected
 6 Callowbrack An Caladh Breac Dappled harbour Restored and re-erected
 7 Acres Acraí Féaranna na h-Eaglaise Churchlands Restored and re-erected
 8 Kiltarnagh Cill Tarnacht Tarnacht's church Recently restored
 9 Knocknatinnyweel Cnoc na Tine Aoil Little (lime) kiln hill In great condition up an E.S.B. pole!
10 Carheenbreac Coirthín Breac Speckled rocky land Saved from the road widening - in good condition
11 Derrada Doire Fhada Long derry or oak grove Well restored
12 Derryhillagh Doire Shaileach wood of the sallows (willows) Restored and re-erected
13 Inishower Inis Odhar Grey island and Nixon's island Found – to be restored
14 Roslynagh Island Ros Laighneach Wooded promontory of the Leinstermen There but in poor condition. To be restored
15 Milcum Ros na mBráthar Point of the Friars Being restored. Great original condition
16 Teevemore An Taobh Mór Great (hill)side Being restored. Great condition
17 Tawnawoggaun Tamhnaigh an Bhogáin Field of the bog Restored
18 Carrow More An Cheathrú Mhór Great quarter Restored. In great condition
19 Drumbrasle Droim Breastail Thoir Oakwood Being restored

Townland Map
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