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Townlands, Civil Parishes, Baronies & Dioceses Maps of Co. Donegal, Ireland

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Jim McKane, Ontario, Canada
Original code by Bob Hilchey

Civil Parishes of County Donegal

Administrative Divisions

Civil Parish Maps

Baronies Map

Dioceses Map

Donegal parish map

Administrative Divisions

Civil Parishes: The Civil Parish was the original unit of administration of the medieval church in Ireland and was used right up to the end of the nineteenth century for local and central  government.  Because of this, Civil Parishes are extremely important for Irish genealogy, providing, in many cases, the only means of connecting a placename to the Roman Catholic records which cover it.  Each of the civil parishes of Donegal has a page which can be accessed by the list of parishes below.

Townland: Since at least the medieval period, every county and parish has been divided into small land units known generally as townlands .  These units were formerly called by a variety of local and regional names, such as "balliboes" in parts of Ulster, "tates" in Fermanagh and Monaghan, and "ploughlands" in some southern counties.  Despite frequent enlargement and division, the basic townland pattern has survived to the present day.


Townlands vary in size from a few acres to several thousand, averaging 1.3km2, large enough to contain a number of farms whose owners were kin and traditionally co-operated in various ways.  Townland boundaries are often marked by streams or deep ditches, banks and old hedges.  Townlands are characteristically larger and elongated in elevated areas but dense on the lowlands, and their orientation tends to reflect the local variations in land contour.

Numbering more than 65,000 in the 1851 Townlands Index for all Ireland, townlands no longer have significance as units of social and agrarian life, but in a country of dispersed rural settlement where farms lack individual names, the ancient units still have use for conveying topographical information and for postal addresses.  The townland was and is the smallest officially recognised geographical unit in rural Ireland.

Baronies: Up to the end of the nineteenth century, counties were subdivided into baronies.  These were not much used for administrative purposes and thus figure little in the records relevant to genealogical research.  There were about 325 baronies in the whole of Ireland, with eight covering County Donegal. When a civil parish spans more than one Barony, the parish page will indicate to which a townland belongs.  Occasionally a townland spans two Baronies; in such a case, there will be two entries for that townland in the townland list.

Poor Law Unions: These were the catchment areas of the workhouses set up from the 1830s on to try to deal with the most destitute.  They became the basis of the registration districts later used to record births, marriages and deaths.  The PLUs of Donegal bear only a rough relation to the county's civil parishes, so it has been necessary to indicate PLU on the various parish pages, and frequently to specify the PLU for individual townlands.

  1. Aghanunshin
  2. All Saints
  3. Aughnish
  4. Barr of Inch or Mintiaghs
  5. Burt
  6. Clonca
  7. Clondahorky
  8. Clondavaddog
  9. Clonleigh
10. Clonmany
11. Convoy
12. Conwal
13. Culdaff
14. Desertegny
15. Donagh
16. Donaghmore
17. Donegal
18. Drumhome
19. Fahan Lower
20. Fahan Upper
21. Gartan
22. Glencolumbkille
23. Kilbarron
24. Kilcar
25. Killaghtee
26. Killea
27. Killybegs Upper
28. Killybegs Lower
29. Killygarvan
30. Killymard
31. Kilmacrenan
32. Kilteevoge
33. Inch
34. Inishkeel
35. Inishmacsaint
36. Inver
37. Leck
38. Lettermacaward
39. Mevagh
40. Moville Lower
41. Moville Upper
42. Muff
43. Raphoe
44. Raymoghy
45. Raymunterdoney
46. Stranorlar
47. Taughboyne
48. Templecarn
49. Templecrone
50. Tullaghobegley
51. Tullyfern
52. Urney

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