|Travel up any of our Glens and you will discover plenty of evidence of human settlement. Some, like Ossian’s Grave in Glenann are pre-Christian.
The Raths, or circular forts, at Gruig and Coshkib are an indication perhaps of how Glens’ farmers saw the need to come together to protect their families and livestock while at the same time helping each other during the planting and harvesting of crops.
|A Rath, by Fiona||Ossian's Grave, by Fiona |
As farms developed so did the need to identify and label areas of countryside and to draw up boundaries. These labels are what we refer to as Townlands.
Many of our townland names came about by the early inhabitants simply describing, in their native tongue, what they saw around them.
Tavnadrissagh-Field of the brambles
Gruig-A place of long grass
Mullinaskeagh-Hill of the hawthorns
Gortaclea-Field of the hedge
Other titles give an indication of the names of the inhabitants
Falmacrilly-Mac Crilly’s closed field
Maghereery-The field of Red Hugh
Carnahaugh (variation Carnahough)
Irish –Carn Eathach meaning Eochy’s carn/ heap of dirt/ cairn of the kiln