Connacht spelled Connaught, is one of the provinces of Ireland, in the west of the country. Up to the 9th century it consisted of several independent major kingdoms. Between the reigns of Conchobar mac Taidg Mór and his descendant, Aedh mac Ruaidri Ó Conchobair, it became a kingdom under the rule of the Uí Briúin Aí dynasty, whose ruling sept adopted the surname Ua Conchobair. At its greatest extent, it incorporated the independent Kingdom of Breifne, as well as vassalage from the lordships of western Mide and west Leinster. Two of its greatest kings, Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair and his son Ruaidri Ua Conchobair expanded the kingdom's dominance, so much so that both became Kings of Ireland; the Kingdom of Connacht collapsed in the 1230s because of civil war within the royal dynasty, which enabled widespread Anglo-Irish settlement under Richard Mór de Burgh, 1st Baron of Connaught, his successors. The English colony in Connacht shrank from c. 1300-c. 1360, with events such as the 1307 battle of Ahascragh, the 1316 Second Battle of Athenry and the murder in June 1333 of William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster, all leading to Gaelic resurgence and colonial withdrawal to towns such as Ballinrobe, Loughrea and Galway.
Well into the 16th-century kingdoms such as Uí Maine and Tír Fhíacrach Múaidhe remained beyond English rule, while many Anglo-Irish families such as de Burgh, de Bermingham, de Exeter, de Staunton, became Gaelicised. Only in the late 1500s, during the Tudor conquest of Ireland, was Connacht shired into its present counties; the province of Connacht has the highest number of Irish language speakers among the four Irish provinces. The total percentage of people who consider themselves as Irish speakers in Connacht is 39.8%. There are Gaeltacht areas in Counties Mayo; the province of Connacht has no official function for local government purposes, but it is an recognised subdivision of the Irish state. It is listed on ISO-3166-2 as one of the four provinces of Ireland and "IE-C" is attributed to Connacht as its country sub-division code. Along with counties from other provinces, Connacht lies in the Midlands–North-West constituency for elections to the European Parliament; the name comes from the medieval ruling dynasty, the Connacht Connachta, whose name means "descendants of Conn", from the mythical king Conn of the Hundred Battles.
Connacht was a singular collective noun, but it came to be used only in the plural Connachta by analogy with plural names of other dynastic territories like Ulaid and Laigin, because the Connachta split into different branches. Before the Connachta dynasty, the province was known as Cóiced Ol nEchmacht. In Modern Irish, the province is called Cúige Chonnacht, "the Province of Connacht", where Chonnacht is plural genitive case with lenition of the C to Ch; the usual English spelling in Ireland since the Gaelic revival is Connacht, the spelling of the disused Irish singular. The official English spelling during English and British rule was the anglicisation Connaught, pronounced or; this was used for the Connaught Rangers in the British Army. Usage of the Connaught spelling is now in decline. State bodies use Connacht, for example in Central Statistics Office census reports since 1926, the name of the Connacht–Ulster European Parliament constituency of 1979–2004, although Connaught occurs in some statutes.
Among newspapers, the Connaught Telegraph retains the anglicised spelling in its name, whereas the Connacht Tribune uses the Gaelic. Connacht Rugby who represent the region and are based in Galway, use the Gaelic spelling also; the Irish language is spoken in the Gaeltacht areas of Counties Mayo and Galway, the largest being in the west of County Galway. The Galway Gaeltacht is the largest Irish-speaking region in Ireland covering Cois Fharraige, parts of Connemara, Conamara Theas, Aran Islands, Dúithche Sheoigeach and Galway City Gaeltacht. Irish-speaking areas in County Mayo can be found in Iorras and Tourmakeady. According to the 2016 census Irish is spoken outside of the education system on a daily basis by 9,455 people in the Galway County Gaeltacht areas. There are 202,667 Irish speakers in the province, over 84,000 in Galway and more than 55,000 in Mayo. There is the 4,265 attending the 18 Gaelscoileanna and three Gaelcholáiste outside the Gaeltacht across the province. Between 7% and 10% of the province are either native Irish speakers from the Gaeltacht, in Irish medium education or native Irish speakers who no longer live in Gaeltacht areas but still live in the province.
The province is divided into five counties: Galway, Mayo and Sligo. Connacht is the smallest of the four Irish provinces, with a population of 550,742. Galway is the only official city in the province; the highest point of Connacht is Mweelrea, in County Mayo. The largest island in Connacht is Achill; the biggest lake is Lough Corrib. Much of the west coast is not conducive for agriculture, it contains the main mountainous areas in Connacht, including the Twelve Bens, Mweelrea, Croagh Patrick, Nephin Beg, Ox Mountains, Dartry Mountains. Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord, is located at the foot of Mweelrea. Connemara National Park is in County Galway; the Aran Islands, featuring pre
Ahascragh is a village in east Galway, Ireland. It is located 11 km north-west of Ballinasloe on the Ahascragh/Bunowen River, a tributary of the River Suck; the R358 regional road passes through the village. The Patron saint of the village is Saint Cuan, his death is recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters in 788 A. D. St. Cuan's Well lies to the northeast; the Annals mention the battle of Ahascragh in 1307 between the English forces and O'Kelly Chieftains. Ahascragh had two Anglo-Irish seats of residence, located in Castlegar and Clonbrock, with respective period houses. In Castlegar sat the Mahon family; the Mahons were settled at Castlegar from the late 17th century. They intermarried on a number of occasions with members of the Browne family of Westport. In 1819 the head of the family became a baronet. In the 1830s, at the time of the first Ordnance Survey, Ross Mahon was the proprietor of several townlands in the parish of Ahascragh; the Mahon estate was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Grange, barony of Loughrea at the time of Griffith's Valuation.
Mr. Charles Filgate acted as agent for this property; the Mahons held extensive lands in the baronies of Clonmacnowen and Killian. In the 1870s the Castlegar estate amounted to over 32 km2 in county Galway as well as over 3.2 km2 in the parish of Termonbarry, barony of Ballintober North, county Roscommon. In 1906 Sir William Mahon held over 4.9 km2 of untenanted land in the Ahascragh area. MacLochlainn writes that most of the estate was sold to the Land Commission in 1977. In 1979 the house was sold by the Mahons to John Horan, who advertised the house for sale again in 1988. There is still a house at this site. In Clonbrock sat the Dillon family. Lord Clonbrock was listed as a resident proprietor in county Galway in 1824. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Lord Clonbrock was one of the principal lessors in the parishes of Ahascragh, Fohanagh and Killosolan in the barony of Kilconnell and Killoran in the barony of Longford. In the 1870s the Clonbrock estate in county Galway amounted to over 110 km2.
Lands and demesne at Cahir, barony of Clonmacnowen, owned by James Dillon, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates court in July 1854. In 1906 Lord Clonbrock held over 8.1 km2 of the mansion house at Clonbrock. Still a small village, the community is served by five pubs: Katie Daly's, Clinton's, Kathleen's and DeCourcy's. There are several hairdressers, two undertakers and one auctioneer located in the village. There is petrol pumps. There is one large supplier of general goods. There is a National School in Ahascragh; the village was described as the'safest village in Ireland' in an article published in "The Irish Daily Mail". Philip Treacy, OBE. Born and raised on Church Street, Treacy is a leading milliner based in London. Mairtín Byrnes. An award-winning Irish fiddle player of the East Galway style, on the list of all-Ireland Fleadh champions, 1970. Sean'ac Donncha. An award-winning Irish singer, the headmaster for many years in Ahascragh national school, his name in English was Sean McDonagh.
Eamon Gilmore. Born in the parish of Ahascragh, in the village of Caltra, Gilmore was leader of the Labour Party and Tánaiste Mary Harney. Born into a farming family in the Ahascragh locality, Harney became leader of the Progressive Democrats and a government minister holding various portfolios, including that of Tánaiste. Rónán Mullen. A university panel member of Seanad Éireann, Mullen is an independent politician. Fr. Kevin Reynolds. A priest subjected to a defamation by Raidió Teilifís Éireann in Mission to Prey; the fishing season on the Bunowen River is between September. Species in the river include Wild Brown Trout; the local fishery is part of the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board's'Midland Fisheries Group' of controlled waters and anglers require a fishing permit to fish here. RTÉ's award-winning show Don't Feed the Gondolas presented by Sean Moncrieff, satirised small village Ireland at the end of each show, choosing Ahascragh and the fictional "Head of the Parish Co-mit-tea" Monica Loolly as its instrument.
The following footnotes will bring you to a site playing a Monica Loolly call and secondly pictures from the show. 788 - Cuan of Ath Eascrach... died. 1307 - The greater number of the English of Roscommon were slain by Donough Muimhneach O'Kelly, Lord of Hy-Many, at Ath-easgrach-Cuan, where Philip Muinder, John Muinder, Main Drew, with many others whose names are not mentioned, were killed. Dermot Gall Mac Dermot, Cormac Mac Kaherny, the sheriff of Roscommon, were taken prisoners. Donough O'Kelly, after he had performed these exploits, died. List of towns and villages in Ireland Ahascragh at Ireland West Pictures of the village and some of its residents
Clarinbridge is a small village 15 minutes drive south of Galway, Ireland in the Diocese of Kilmacduagh. It is on the mouth of the Clarin River at the end of Dunbulcaun Bay, the easternmost part of Galway Bay. Alexander Young, recipient of the Victoria Cross Clarinbridge Oyster Festival Clarinbridge GAA Tidy Towns, page last updated 2011
Athenry is a town in County Galway, which lies 25 kilometres east of Galway city. Some of the attractions of the medieval town are its town wall, Athenry Castle, its priory and its 13th century Anglo-Norman street-plan; the town is well known by virtue of the song "The Fields of Athenry". Its name derives from the ford crossing the river Clarin just east of the settlement. Though other inaccurate explanations are still given, it was called'Áth na Ríogh' because it was the home area of the Cenél nDéigill, kings of the Soghain, whose leading lineage were the Ó Mainnín. On some medieval maps of English origin the town is called Kingstown. Soghain was surrounded by Uí Maine to the east, Aidhne to the south, Maigh Seola to the west. However, after 1135, by 1152, Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair forcibly incorporated it into the newly created trícha cét of Clann Taidg, ruled by lords such as Fearghal Ó Taidg an Teaghlaigh, who expelled the Ó Mainnín family. In the 1230s the Ó Taidg an Teaghlaigh family were in turn displaced by Meyler de Bermingham.
The earliest remaining building in the town is Athenry Castle, built sometime before 1240 by Meyler de Bermingham. In 1241, the Dominican Priory was founded, became an important center for learning and teaching, it was ostensibly closed during the Protestant Reformation but survived until being desecrated and burned during the Mac an Iarla wars of the 1560s–80s, was vandalised by Cromwellians in the 1650s. The medieval walls around Athenry are among the most complete and best preserved in Ireland with 70% of original circuit still standing, along with some of the original towers and the original North gate; the remains of the Lorro Gate were unearthed in 2007 during the redevelopment of road works in the area. In the centre of the town is the'square'; the monument, of Tabernacle or Lantern type is the only one of its kind in Ireland and the only medieval cross still standing in situ in the country. A Heritage centre now occupies the remains of the mid-13th century St Mary's Collegiate Church adjacent to the town Square.
The original medieval church is destroyed but in 1828 a Church of Ireland church was built into its chancel. In 1791, Jean Antoine Coquebert de Montbret visited the town, which he described as: It covers 50 acres but has not more than 60 houses. There is an abbey of which the ruins are all standing. There is a big uninhabited castle called Bermingham's Court. In the middle of Athenry is the stump of a cross destroyed in the wars, on which a crucifix in bas-relief still remains. I noticed at the door of a tavern a large cake decorated with a bouquet, it was a prize for the best dancer. The road from Athenry is beautiful and there are no barriers. Moyode Castle is another tall 16th-century fortified tower house of the Dolphin family, which went to the Persse family; the castle is located 3.5 miles from the town of Athenry. By road, Athenry is served by the M6 motorway. By rail, it is served by the Athenry railway station, which opened on 1 August, 1851 and lies on the Galway–Dublin main line of the Irish rail network.
The town is at the junction of the Galway–Dublin line, the complete the Western Railway Corridor. In 2015, Apple Inc. decided to build a €850m data center near Athenry, a similar one in Viborg, Denmark. In May 2018, Apple announced cancellation of the Athenry development. In December 2017, funding was announced for a'Food Innovation Hub' in Athenry, projected by its promoters to create 360 jobs within 3 years, to cost in the region of €3.9m. Athenry is home to the Gaelic Athletic Association St. Mary Club, who have won numerous All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championships. Athenry Athletics Club has a senior section; the club has produced Martina McCarthy and Paul Hession. McCarthy represented Ireland in the women's 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics and Hession competed in the men's 200 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Athenry is home to Athenry F. C. founded in 1971. The club reached the 2006 final of the FAI Junior Cup, the following year it became the Galway & District League champions for the first time, repeating the same achievement during the 2007–08, 2009–10, 2014–15 seasons.
In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2016, Athenry won the Connacht Junior Cup title. Athenry is home of the Athenry Golf Club and Athenry Judo Club. Athenry is twinned with the town of Quimperlé in Brittany and, since 2013, Renews-Cappahayden and Labrador; the following is a list of notable natives of Athenry: Battle of Maigh Mucruimhe Baron Athenry First Battle of Athenry Second Battle of Athenry The Sack of Athenry The Fields of Athenry Nevin List of abbeys and priories in Ireland List of towns and villages in Ireland Athenry History Archive Athenry Community Council
Gort is a town in south County Galway, in the west of Ireland. It lies just north of the border with County Clare on the old Galway–Limerick road, now the R458. Gort is situated in the territory of Uí Fiachrach Aidhne known as Maigh Aidhne, coextensive with the diocese of Kilmacduagh / Cill Mhic Dhuach. Gort takes its name, Gort Inse Guaire, from gort, "inse" and Guaire Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin, the sixth century King of Connacht and patron of St. Colman MacDuagh. During the Middle Ages the chiefs of Cenél Áeda na hEchtge, the O'Shaughnessys had their principal stronghold in Gort, on a site which became a cavalry barracks. At the end of the seventeenth century the O'Shaughnessy lands were confiscated and granted to Sir Thomas Prendergast, 1st Baronet, whose grandson was John Prendergast Smyth, 1st Viscount Gort. In 1831, the town had a population of 563 houses; the Great Hunger of the mid-1840s devastated the population. A number of historic sites around Gort are included in the Sites and Monuments Record.
Kilmacduagh monastery and round tower are situated 3 km west of Gort. Rahaly Castle lies 4.8 km east of Gort. Kiltartan Castle is 3 km to the north. Gort is accessible from the M18 Motorway from Shannon to Galway, at Junction 16; the motorway M18 ends at junction 18 of the M6. The road continues northbound as the M17 towards Tuam; the segment from Ennis to Gort of the M18 Motorway bypass of the town was opened on 12 November 2010. Followed by the Gort to Tuam section which opened on 27 September 2017. Gort railway station opened on 15 September 1869 and was closed for goods traffic on 3 November 1975 and for passenger traffic on 5 April 1976, it was reopened in 2010 as part of the Western Railway Corridor project. Gort rail services are on the Galway to Limerick route with connections to Cork and Tralee from Limerick station and connections to Dublin via northern route to Galway. Gort is served by Bus Eireann hourly from the market square. North to Galway, south to Limerick. Routes 51, 434, 934. Geraghty Travel run a bus service to Limerick IT, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick University or Mary Immaculate College.
Gort Area Shopper - runs on Fridays - routes GA3c, GA1b, GA4a, GA4b, GA2b, GA3a, GA3b, GA2. Run by Clare Bus. William Butler Yeats, poet who renovated an old tower house near the village and took up residence there. Lady Gregory, lived at nearby Coole Park. Thomas Laughnan, recipient of the Victoria Cross, was born in Gort. Frank Quinn, first-class cricketer Gerry Quinn, rugby international and first-class cricketer Kevin Quinn, rugby international and first-class cricketer Paddy McMahon Glynn, born in Gort, went to Trinity College Dublin and immigrated to Australia. In federal politics, he served variously as Attorney-General, Minister for External Affairs and Minister for Home and Territories; some 40% of the residents of Gort were non-Irish, according to the 2006 Census, a massive majority of these being Brazilians. These people came to work in the meat processing plants in Gort where the pay is much higher than in similar plants in Brazil. According to Claire Healy "a large community of Brazilians now live and attend school in Gort altering the appearance and the character of the town".
The Roman Catholic Church caters to the Brazilian community with a mass in Portuguese every Saturday held in Gort Catholic Church. By the time of the 2011 Census, non-Irish nationals accounted for 27.2% of the population. The largest group were still Brazilians, followed by UK nationals; the town has its own secondary school, Gort Community School, founded in 1995, serves a large area of south County Galway. The school facilities include a GAA pitch, rugby union pitch, football pitch, canteen; the school's sports teams include hurling, soccer, athletics and equestrian teams. List of towns and villages in Ireland Gort GAA hurling team Official website Tourist Information for Gort: Provides information on Gort's attractions and businesses. Official website of the Gort GAA Club Guaire Magazine: a community based magazine from Gort community-based heritage site
Cleggan is a picturesque fishing village in County Galway, Ireland. The village is situated at the head of Cleggan Bay. A focal point of the village is the pier, built by Alexander Nimmo in 1822 and extended in 1908. Ferries leave the pier daily for Inishbofin, there is a ferry to Inishturk. An Cloigeann means head or skull referring to the coastal headland. Legend, provides a different origin of the name. St. Ceannanach is said to have been beheaded by a pagan chief. Lore has it that the chief picked up his head and took it to the Holy Well in Clooncree where he washed it before lying down to die. At the top of Cleggan head, which gives a commanding view of the harbour, is the remains of a watchtower constructed during the Napoleonic wars. In 1927, in what became known as the Cleggan Bay Disaster, 25 fishermen from the local area drowned during a great gale which arose without warning while they were mackerel fishing in the bay; the nearby village of Rossadilisk was subsequently abandoned. Nine men from Inishbofin and twenty men from County Mayo were lost.
Due to the death of so many breadwinners, the area was devastated. The disaster and the devastation visited on the local families made international news and funds were raised from as far away as the U. K. U. S. and Australia. The disaster is remembered on stone markers, it was recorded by local Marie Feeney in her book “The Cleggan Bay Disaster”, by TG4 Documentary "The Cleggan Disaster" / "An Bádhadh Mór" directed by Petra Conroy, remembered in Richard Murphy's poem "The Cleggan Disaster", from his 1963 book "Sailing to an Island". Irish singer/songwriter Saoirse Mhór wrote the song "The Cleggan Bay Disaster", the title track of the 2013 release by the German/Irish Folk band Fleadh. Offshore, the island of Inishbofin can be reached by boat from Cleggan pier. Inishbofin has a population of about 200 people. In 665 St. Coleman founded a monastery on the island. A roofless thirteenth century chapel in the present day graveyard is believed to be the site of his monastery; the harbour entrance of the island is dominated by the Cromwellian fort, a prison camp for Catholic priests.
The island holds the remains of castle built by the “pirate queen” Gráinne O'Malley. A notable feature of the physical geography around Cleggan is blanket bog. Few plant species can live in the acid condition of the bog, but those that can form a vegetation not found outside Ireland. Near Cleggan is a collection of prehistoric monuments including standing stones and walls. Cleggan now receives more tourists, but traditionally the main source of income in the village has been fishing, supplemented by farming, difficult in the area's soil. Fishing continues to be an important industry; the village has one grocer and a sit-down restaurant, as well as a seasonal take-out. In addition to trips to the local islands, popular leisure activities for visitors include horseback riding and fishing. James Morrissey, PR agent and spokesperson for Denis O'Brien, owns a house in Cleggan. Micheál Mac Suibhne legendary poet who composed his work in Connaught Irish and whose works are still known among the poeople of Connemara.
List of towns and villages in Ireland Claddaghduff Connemara Cleggan at Connemara Island Official Cleggan/Claddaghduff Community site
Annaghdown is a parish in County Galway, Ireland. It takes its name from Eanach Dhúin, Irish for "the marsh of the fort"; the village lies around an inlet of Lough Corrib. The parish is situated in the Archdiocese of Tuam and the Diocese of Tuam and Achonry. "The name Eanach Dhúin signifies the'marsh of the Dún or fort.' The word Dún is one of the most common elements denoting secular settlement in early placenames. It refers to an enclosed settlement or ringfort and in the early historical period it appears to designate the principal dwelling of the local king or chieftain; the placename... referred to the marshlands attached to the fort of the chieftain of Maigh Seola, which would have been granted as a site for a church." Little is known of the early history of Annaghdown, which does not appear in the annals until the twelfth century. Two historical sources state it was granted to St. Brendan of Clonfert by King Áed mac Echach of Connacht. Francis Byrne believed that as Áed's territory of Uí Bhriúin Aoi lay in County Roscommon, it was not within his power to grant the land of another chieftain so distant from him.
However, as noted by Hubert Knox, the dynasty may have originated in this region, which would explain this donation. The earliest reliable reference to Annaghdown occurs in Comainmniguid Noem nErenn, composed c. 800, which contains a reference to Ciarán Enaigh Dúin. This, together with placename evidence indicates an association with Ciarán of Clonmacnoise as opposed to Brendan of Clonfert; the connection with Clonfert may have been no more than a reflection of an attempt by Clonfert to justify its claim on the church of Annaghdown at a period. In the 12th century the diocese of Annaghdown was established. Although not listed in the Synods of Rathbreasail or Kells, Annaghdown diocese survived nonetheless for many centuries through monastic outreach from Annaghdown Abbey; the title Bishop of Annaghdown is known to have been in use from c. 1189. Several bishops, from 1189 to 1485, were systematically elected by its'Cathedral Chapter' and, despite many counterclaims from Tuam, some were approved by Rome.
In 1410, Áedh Ó Flaithbheartaigh financed the building of a church at Annaghdown. In 1485, when the Wardenship of Galway was created, Annaghdown was formally united with Tuam by Papal decree, some of its parishes, Claregalway and Shrule, were formally attached to the new wardenship. However, the title still survives as Bishop of Eanach Dúin held by Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Auxiliary Bishop of New York, since 2006; the ruins of Annaghdown Abbey and the 15th century cathedral survive as a National Monument. Annaghdown Castle was erected by the O'Flahertys in the late 14th century, on the east shore of Lough Corrib, where it still stands, now restored. On Thursday, 4 September 1828, 20 people travelling to Galway on the Caisleán Nua were drowned when a sheep put its foot through the floor of the boat; this tragedy became the subject of a famous lament, Eanach Dhúin, composed by the famous blind Irish poet, Antoine Ó Raifteiri. A memorial stone was erected at Annaghdown Pier in 1978 by the Annaghdown Anglers Club, 150 years after the tragedy occurred.
The Connacht Journal of September 4 reported the following: An old row-boat in a rotten and leaky condition, started from Annaghdown early in the morning, a distance from Galway up Lough Corrib of about eight miles, having, it is calculated, about 31 persons on board, who were coming to the fair of Galway. Eighteen of the bodies of these unhappy creatures were taken out of the lake in the course of the day and presented a most heart-rending scene, being surrounded by their friends who came to identify them, by whom they were removed in a boat to Annaghdown; the boat was in such an unsound state. The unfortunate accident happened by a sheep putting its leg through one of the planks, which produced a leak, in order to stop which one of the passengers applied his great coat to the aperture and stamped it with his foot. In doing so he started one of the planks altogether, which caused the boat's immediate sinking, having been overloaded. Eighteen of the bodies have been found. Major Dickson and a party of the 64th Regiment attended and rendered every humane assistance in their power.
An inquest was held on the bodies by John Blakeney Esq. Coroner, at which James O'Hara, Esq. M. P. and J. H. Burke, Esq. Mayor and the jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning"; the following are the names of the persons drowned and taken out of the lake: Bridget Farragher, Mary Costello, Judith Ryan, Bridget Hynes, Mary Newell, Winifred Jourdan, Mary Flynn, Bridget Curley, Catherine Mulloy, Mary Carr, Michael Farragher, Michael Cahill, John Cosgrove, John Concannon, Thomas Burke, Patrick Forde, John Forde and Timothy Goaley. It is said that two more were drowned and their bodies were discovered: Thomas Cahill and Mary Ruane, making a total of 20. John Cosgrove was drowned in trying to save the third, he was a lime-burner by trade. The remains of his house are still to be seen in the Blake estate - "Teach Chosgardha". Raftery's poem seems to be in error in mentioning only 19 victims. Annaghdown has Gaelic football and soccer clubs; the local GAA club, Annaghdown GAA, is a sporting club which caters for both hurling and Gaelic football