Information about Belclare

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Irish Form of Name:
Béal Chláir
mouth of the board or plain
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Béal Chláir
Tuam Beaufort's Map of Ireland
Belclare Parish Boundary Surveyors Sketch Map
Clare Tuam County Map
Belclare Down Survey 1655
Baleclare Inq. Temp. Eliz.
Belclare Tuam Printed Townland List
This Parish contains 15 Protestants and 2,000 Roman Catholics according to the information furnished by the respective Clergyman, Revd. John Galbrith, Tuam Glebe and Revd. Patrick Cannavan, P.P. who resides in the townland of New Garden. There is a field pointed out in the townland of Clare Tuam as having been the scene of a Battle in ancient times. It is called Knuckaun an affrin or Knuckawnnahagglisha it is central between Clare Tuam and Knock Cargin which entire space is said to have been the ground Battle.The crops generally sown are wheat, potatoes and some oats. The wheat is generally carried for sale to Tuam where it is bought and carried to Galway for exportation. The soil is in general light and sandy. The manure generally used clay mixed with mud and the litter of battle. There is also some seaweed, brought from Galway for manure. Wages of Farm Servants:- Male £4.0.0D per annum and Females about 30 shillings with Board. Labourers 8D per day in summer and 5D per day in winter.
Parish Contains 7,848 acres including about 24 acres of water.
Additional Information:
Additional Information:
Table of Schools
Townland in which establishedProtestantsCatholicsMalesFemalesTotalHow SupportedWhen Established
New Garden05752557Parents1826
Information from the Ordnance Survey Letters:
The Ordnance Survey Letters are letters between John O'Donovan and his supervisor, Thomas Larcom, regarding the work of compiling the Field Books. These letters provide further discussion on many of the places listed in the Field Books.
References to this place can be found in the following letter.
  • Volume 1 page 123 to page 128