Tim Robinson's townland index for Connemara and the Aran Islands

An extensive card catalogue compiled by Tim Robinson throughout the 1980s and 1990s, drawn from his field notes. The series has been arranged by Robinson into civil parishes, and further divided into townlands. For most of the townlands, there are several record cards that give a detailed description of the local landscape. These describe historical, ecclesiastical, geological, and archaeological features. Anecdotes and local lore also feature in these. Robinson adds the names of people who helped him compile his information, usually local people, and often correspondents who sent him information helping him identify the origins of placenames, or certain landmarks and artefacts.
The cards also credit several secondary sources, including the OS maps and corresponding Field Name Books, Hardiman's History of Galway, Alexander Nimmo's map of the bogs in the West of Ireland, and many more.
In all cases in this series, the placename Tim Robinson used as his title appears as the title here. Many are in Irish, and some are in English. The corresponding translation is provided in the description.


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01 - Moyrus Civil Parish [Roundstone RC Parish]
01 - Moyrus Civil Parish [Roundstone RC Parish]
Series of index cards describing each of the townlands within the Civil Parish of Moyrus, [Maíros/Magh Ruis], that are also within the Roman Catholic Parish of Roundstone [Cloch na Rón]. The Roman Catholic parish of Roundstone or Errisana lies to the North-West of Moyrus Civil Parish, and also comprises part of Omey Civil Parish.Series of index cards describing each of the townlands within the Civil Parish of Moyrus, [Maíros/Magh Ruis], that are also within the Roman Catholic Parish of Roundstone [Cloch na Rón]. The Roman Catholic parish of Roundstone or Errisana lies to the North-West of Moyrus Civil Parish, and also comprises part of Omey Civil Parish.
02 - Moyrus Civil Parish [Carna RC Parish]
02 - Moyrus Civil Parish [Carna RC Parish]
Series of index cards describing each of the townlands within the Civil Parish of Moyrus, [Maíros/Magh Ruis], that are also within the Roman Catholic Parish of Carna.
03 - Ballinakill Civil Parish [Ballinakill or Letterfrack RC Parish]
03 - Ballinakill Civil Parish [Ballinakill or Letterfrack RC Parish]
Series of index cards describing each of the townlands within the Civil Parish of Ballynakill, [Baile na Cille], which comprises the Roman Catholic Parish of Ballynakill or Letterfrack. A note about the smuggler Paddy O'Malley, with references on the title card for the Parish.
04 - Omey Civil Parish [Clifden RC Parish]
04 - Omey Civil Parish [Clifden RC Parish]
Series of index cards describing townlands within the Civil Parish of Omey, [Iomaí], which comprises the Roman Catholic Parish of Clifden [An Clochán].
05 - Ballindoon Civil Parish [Clifden RC Parish]
05 - Ballindoon Civil Parish [Clifden RC Parish]
Series of index cards describing each of the townlands within the Civil Parish of Ballindoon, [Baile an Dúine], which corresponds with the Roman Catholic Parishes of Clifden and Ballyconneely. St. Flannan of the noble Tuamonian blood is patron of this parish, and his festival of 18th December is kept here.
06 - Omey Civil Parish [Clifden RC Parish II]
06 - Omey Civil Parish [Clifden RC Parish II]
Series of index cards describing townlands within the Civil Parish of Omey, [Iomaí], which comprises the Roman Catholic Parish of Clifden [An Clochán].
07 - Kilcummin Civil Parish
07 - Kilcummin Civil Parish
Series of index cards describing each of the townlands within the civil parish of Cill Chiumín. [Referred to as Paróiste Chill Bhriocáin on the index cards]. It corresponds with the Roman Catholic Parishes of Clonbern and Kilkerrin, Carraroe, Kilannin, Kilcummin, and Rosmuc. A note on the division of Galway Roman Catholic parishes in the late 19th century. In 1890, Carraroe and Lettermullen were given to Tuam, and Killanin was ceded to Galway. Later Maam was transferred from Oughterard to Kilbrickan.
08 - Ross Civil Parish [Leenane RC Parish]
08 - Ross Civil Parish [Leenane RC Parish]
Series of index cards describing the townlands within the civil parish of Ross. Robinson indicates that the parish of Ross is now divided into the Roman Catholic Parish of Leenane (Kilbride), and the Parish of Clonbur (Ross). A note with an explanation from the 'History of Tuam', about the history of Kilbride Parish. An A4 sheet with an extract from a piece about an orphanage in Aasleagh. A handwritten note is on the back, addressed to Tim from Nora Keane.
09 - Ross Civil Parish [Clonbur RC Parish]
09 - Ross Civil Parish [Clonbur RC Parish]
Series of index cards describing the townlands within the civil parish of Ross, and in the Roman Catholic Parish of Clonbur. The title card for the series gives an outline from the History of Tuam, Volume II, relating to the Roman Catholic Parish of Clonbur [An Fhairche], part of the Civil Parish of Ross.
10 - Kilcummin Civil Parish [Paróiste an Chnoic and Paróiste an Spidéal RC Parishes]
10 - Kilcummin Civil Parish [Paróiste an Chnoic and Paróiste an Spidéal RC Parishes]
Set of index cards describing the local features of townlands in the civil parish of Kilcummin. The Roman Catholic parishes of Paróiste an Chnoic and Paróiste an Spidéal are represented, and a note on the Barony of Moycullen, as well as overall population numbers from 19th century census. The majority of these townlands contain a brief 1-2 cards for each placename, and contain less of the anecdotal/descriptive content of the other civil parishes. The information conveyed here is generally a line from the OS Field Name Books Small Names Index, and a line or two from Griffith's Valuation.
11 - Kilannin Civil Parish
11 - Kilannin Civil Parish
Set of index cards describing the local features of the civil parish of Kilannin, which comprises the Western parts to Ros an Mhíl, and includes some insulated portions of Kilcummin. A note on the title card to say the cards for the parish are incomplete.
12 - Inishbofin Civil and RC Parish
12 - Inishbofin Civil and RC Parish
Series of index cards relating to the Parish (island) of Inishbofin (Inis Bó Finne).
13 - List of Connemara Townlands by Parish
13 - List of Connemara Townlands by Parish
More detailed information is available for each of these townlands in the other series of this collection. These cards summararily introduce the placenames, and give their Irish and English language renditions. They are listed here by parish instead of by townland.
14 - Cill Mhuirbhigh Townland
14 - Cill Mhuirbhigh Townland
An alphabetised list of local features for the townland of Cill Mhuirbhigh [Kilmurvy]. Cill Mhuirbhigh is in the Civil Parish of Árainn, Inishmore. Each card describes a feature, which range from geological, historical, and ecclesiastical. Each feature is assigned a number, which Robinson explains on the card catalogue, corresponds to a marking on one of his copies of the 6" OS map. For ease of use, this series of records is sub-divided into alphabetical letters, which is exactly as the archives are presented in reality. There are no features beginning with the letters E, H, I, J, N, O, Q, or V. Many people are thanked as being useful sources of information, most prominently Michael King.
15 - Eoghanacht Townland
15 - Eoghanacht Townland
An alphabetised list of local features for the townland of Eoghanacht, [Onaght]. Eoghanacht is in the Civil Parish of Árainn, Inishmore. Each card describes a feature, which range from geological, historical, and ecclesiastical. Each feature is assigned a number, which Robinson explains on the card catalogue, corresponds to a marking on one of his copies of the 6" OS map. For ease of use, this sub series of records is sub divided into alphabetical letters, which is exactly as the archives are presented in reality. There are no features beginning with the letters D, E, H, I, J, K, N, O, Q, V, W, X, Y, Z. Many people are thanked as being useful sources of information, most prominently Michael King. The townland of Eoghanacht is in the Gaeltacht.
16 - Brannock Island Townland
16 - Brannock Island Townland
List of local features for the townland of Brannock Island [Oileán Dá Bhrannóg], part of the Civil Parish of Árainn, Inishmore. Cló Droimín, Carraig Jácom, Poll an Bhráca, An Aircín, An tUlán Buí, An Scailp, Carraigeachaí Báite, An Dul, An Trá Bhig, An tOileán Iarthach, Scailpt na mBallach Mór, Carraig Fhada, An Bodach Crom, An Clochar Bán, Leic na Creathnaí, An tOileán Thiar, An tOileán Thoir, An Breachlainn, Carraig Éamonn Rua, Oileán an dá Bhranóg/Bhruithneog, Leacrachaí Buí, Cloch Phádraic Póil, Carraig Chiúin, Cloch Scoilte, An Caladh, Leic Uí Scannláin, Poll Gorm, Carraig Dhubháin, and Carraig Eamonn mhac Donnacha.
17 - Cill Éinne Townland
17 - Cill Éinne Townland
List of local features for the townland of Cill Éinne [Killeany]. Killeany is part of the Civil Parish of Árainn/Inishmore. A couple of preliminary notes are included from Griffith's Valuation, and relating to Larkin's map of Co. Galway. Various local people are cited as providing some of the information. Tommy Joyce is one of these. The series is sub-divided by alphabetical letter, which is exactly as the archives are presented in reality. There are no features beginning with the letters E, H, L, Q, V, X, Y, Z.
18 - Eochaill Townland
18 - Eochaill Townland
List of local features for the townland of Eochaill, [Oghil], on Inishmore. Eochaill is part of the Civil Parish of Árainn, Inishmore. The list of features is sub-divided alphabetically, which is exactly as the archives are presented in reality. There are no placename cards for H, J, K, N, O, Q, V, W, X, Y, Z.
19 - Inis Meáin Civil Parish
19 - Inis Meáin Civil Parish
List of local features for the townland, and Civil Parish of Inis Meáin [Inishmaan]. Some introductory cards relating to Seanachas Inis Meáin. Robinson lists the local features which have related stories alphabetically, and there are no placename cards for features beginning with E, I, J, K, N, Q, V, W, X, Y, Z. Each card includes a number. It is likely that these relate to one of his working maps. Inish Meáin was once divided into 8 quarters. Now it has 6 parts: Ceann an Bhaile, Baile an Duna, Baile an Teampaill, Baile an Lisín, Móinín na Ruaige, and Mothar.
20 - Inis Oírr Civil Parish
20 - Inis Oírr Civil Parish
List of local features for the townland and Civil Parish of Inis Oírr [Inisheer]. Inis Oírr consists of 4 quarters: Carrow Druim Arlamáin, C. Castle, C. an Locha, C. an Phoillín. A note that Inis Ír is the preferred spelling of P O Fl. The spelling Inis Oírr comes from Inis Oirthir (the eastern island). The features are listed alphabetically, and there are no local features described that begin with the letters E, H, I, J, K, N, O, Q, V, W, X, Y, Z

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