Townland

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Townland a township
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tún, an enclosure, town; Ice. tún, an enclosure, Ger. zaun, a hedge.

Usage

In literature:

I'm in dread of your being brought to the Townland of Mischance.
"The King of Ireland's Son" by Padraic Colum
Demesne situate in the townland of Rosenallis, barony of Tinnahinch.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Then the men of the three townlands would come to one house, and get two large blocks of wood.
"Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I." by Sir James George Frazer
In the case of individuals how beautifully it shows between two dwellers in the same street or townland.
"Principles of Freedom" by Terence J. MacSwiney
But this plan did not win the Irish landowners, and they began a new agitation for townland divisions.
"The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902)" by John O'Rourke
A map then taken gives the several townlands and denominations nearly as they are at present.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
As Ahadarra lay in the mountain district, it necessarily covered a large space; in fact it constituted a townland in itself.
"The Emigrants Of Ahadarra The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
I wouldn't marry Phelim, afther what the priest said yistherday, if he had the riches o' the townland we're spakin' in.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
At the village, standing on two townlands, a few more spectators hove in sight, but at no point could more than a dozen be counted.
"Disturbed Ireland" by Bernard H. Becker
In the townland of Deer Park, near the town, there is still a colony of pure Huguenot descent.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
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In poetry:

Beauty was here in on this beetle-droning downland;
The thought of a Caesar in the purple came
From the palace by the Tiber in the Roman townland
To this wind-swept hill with no name.
"Night Is On The Downland" by John Masefield