The townland is a unique feature of the Irish landscape and is one of the most ancient divisions in the country. Townlands predate the Norman invasion of the 12th century and the source of many of our placenames lies in our Gaelic past. The townlands are a historical source that encompass the mythology of Ireland – the Cattle raid of Cooley, Cú Chulainn, Fionn Mac Cumhail – as well as the early Christian period. They also act as a repository of the Irish language which was spoken widely in Dromintee, Killeavy and Mullaghbane up until the 1920s. There are over 60,000 townlands in Ireland, South Armagh has about 200, and these are grouped together to form parishes.
The My Townland Story book was produced in 2016 by the Ring of Gullion Landscape partnership, and is free to download and photocopy.
You can view our interactive townlands map by clicking here.