Information about Lisnasheal
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Irish Form of Name:
Lios na Síl
fort of the seeds
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Lios na Síl
Lios na Síl
Site of Lisnasheal Castle
Site of Lisnasheal Castle Stephen Crean, Esq.
Nothing of this old castle is to be seen.
Is situated in the southern side of the townland of Coollymurraghty, about 40 links South of Lissnaphuil.
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.
Information From Joyce's Place Names
Translation according to P. W. Joyce:
Lis, Liss (Irish Lios), an ancient fort. See vol. i.p. 271. In the majority of cases the second part of a ik's - name is personal, viz. the name of the person who owned the lis when it got the name. The interpretation of many such names is obvious at a glance : no one could mistake the meaning of such names as Lismacrory, Lisdonnell, Lisgorman, and hundreds like them. The most usual gen. of lios is leasa, but sometimes we find gen. lis or less, which when occurring in names is pronounced Ui>\ as in Letter-tinlish and Tullylish.
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
Information From Maps
Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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This link is not a link to the townland that you are currently researching; however, if you follow this link, you will see a search box near the top of the page which you can use to search for your townland.
Having followed this link, you will see several expandable links - each link has a plus sign on its left - on the top left of the page. Expand 'Base Information and Mapping'. Now it is possible to select the maps that you wish to view by clicking on the checkbox that is on the left of each map; this list includes the original Ordnance Survey maps.
You can select more than one map and you can use a slider to make one map more transparent than another. This allows you to view what features were present or absent at different points in time.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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You can use this link to view a map of archaelogical features.
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