Information about Town of Gort

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
Town of Gort
Irish Form of Name:
Gort Inse Guaire
field of Guaire's island
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Gort Inse Guaire
Town of Gort 4 Masters
Gort Inse Guaire J. L. Hunt, Esq., Agent to Richard Gregory Esq.
Gort-Inshi-Guare Mr. John Bell, Barony Constable
Gort-Inshi-Guare [see comment] Mr. P. Burke, Mr. Hunt, Clerk.
Gortinshiguare Rev. P. Fallon, P.P.
Gort - Inshi-Guare from Guaire King of Connaught who commenced his reign about the year 604 and held the Sceptre 38 years. - Vide Colge p. 248. There is a small island in Beagh or Gort River, near Gort Bridge in the townland of Ballylee, parish of Kilmacduagh from which the town of Gort took its name:- Gortinshiguare.Gort – a field, Inshi – an island, Guare - King (H.B.)
This town is the property of the Right Hon.Lord Viscount Gort, Lough Cooter Castle. The occupiers of House and tenants have leaseholds and agreements in various ways. A handsome Church here, a Roman Catholic Chapel and Court House for Quarter and Petty Sessions and an elegant Cavalry Barrack, fairs are held here 11th August and 7th November in each year. Market on Saturdays.
Stands on the South West point of the townland Gort, parish Kiltartan, Eastern extremity, townland Ballylee, parish of Kilmacduach and North of the townland of Lavally, parish of Beagh, all in the Barony of Kiltartan and County Galway, North and South of Beagh, or Gort River. [Note added at end of list of trades in Gort] The Town of Gort is in South of the County Galway 17¾ Irish miles from Galway and is north of Ennis in the County of Clare by 17 miles. The mail coach from Limerick to Galway passes through it daily. The town stands in 3 parishes and 3 townlands viz. Beagh Ph. Kilmacduach and Kiltartan, all in the Barony of Kiltartan.
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 2 page 609 to page 621

Townland Information

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
Town of Gort is in Gort townland.

Information From Maps

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Town of Gort
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