Information about Grotto (modern)
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Grotto (modern) John D’Arcy, Esq.
This grotto is about 25 feet long 12 feet wide and 8 feet high with several corners, apartments covered overhead. Thro’ it runs a small brook descending by a cascade of about 10 feet. It is placed in a valley in [unable to read] with a grove of ash, oak, fir and sycamore trees, etc. Romantic appearance denotes it to be of very ancient date, the part of it being constructed about the year 1810.
Situated near centre of Clifden Demesne and about 6 chains N.E. of Clifden Castle.
What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
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