town civil parish townland
Mala
genitive: Mhala
validated name
(Irish)
Mallow
(English)

Explanatory note

  • Gaeilge

    plain of (the) rock
    D'fhorbair ainm an lae inniu, Mala, as an tseanfhoirm Magh nAla (> Magh Ala > Mo Ala > Mala) agus tá sé in úsáid sa Ghaeilge le níos mó ná 300 bliain (cf. Mala ag Pádraigín Haicéad agus Mala/rala ag Dáibhí Ó Bruadair, etc.). Féach T.F. O'Rahilly, ‘The Irish Name of Mallow’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archæological Society iml. 43 (1938), lch. 45–7

  • English

    plain of (the) rock
    The modern Irish name, Mala, developed from the earlier form Magh nAla (> Magh Ala > Mo Ala > Mala) and it has been in use in Irish for more than 300 years (cf. Mala, Pádraigín Haicéad, and Mala/rala, Dáibhí Ó Bruadair, etc.). See T.F. O'Rahilly, ‘The Irish Name of Mallow’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archæological Society vol. 43 (1938), pp. 45–7

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52.1449, -8.64055 latitude, longitude
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Archival records

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Historical references

1295
[Moy]ale
CJR Leathanach: 1, 38
1299
Moyale
CJR Leathanach: 1, 265
1301
Moyale
CPlR Leathanach: 39
1302
Mallow (recte Moyla, Pap. Tax. xvi)
Pap. Tax. Leathanach: 276
1302
Moiale
Pap. Tax. Leathanach: 313
1364
Moyal
PRC Leathanach: III, 32
1375-6
Moyall
RPat. Cl. Leathanach: 98-b
1421
Moyall
COD Leathanach: III, 34
1460c.
Magh nAla
CrC 2 Leathanach: 176.11
1541
Moallye
Ir. Mon. Poss. Leathanach: 105
1545
Moally
F Leathanach: 461
1576
Malla
F Leathanach: 2781
1577
Moally
F Leathanach: 3095
1577
Moalle
F Leathanach: 3121
1584
Moyallo, orse Moallaghe
Man. Moyallow Leathanach: 22
1588
Moallo
F Leathanach: 5291
1598
Maighe hEala (g.)
ARÉ Leathanach: VI, 2080
1598
Magh Eala
ARÉ Leathanach: VI, 2082
1598
Moyallo
Descr. Ir. Leathanach: 171
1600
go Maigh Eala
ARÉ Leathanach: VI, 2168
1610
Moyallow;
CPR Leathanach: 162-b
1610
Malloe
CPR Leathanach: 162-b
1610c.
go Muigh-Ealla
Tribes Ir. Leathanach: 68
1612
Moallo orse Mallo
CPR Leathanach: 240-a
1614
Moyallowe
CPR Leathanach: 284-b
1615
Mallowe
RVis. (CCR) Leathanach: 196
1619
Moalloe
CPR Leathanach: 483-b
1621
Moalae
Hist. Cath. Ib Leathanach: 183. X
1622
Moyallowe
Inq.(Co) Leathanach: II, 144
1623
Mallow
CPR Leathanach: 569-a
1623
Moyalloe
Inq.(Co) Leathanach: IV 257
1638
Moyallow
Inq.(Co) Leathanach: V 195
1638
Moyaloe
Inq.(Co) Leathanach: VI, 29
1642
Moalloa
Dep. 1641 Leathanach: II, 116
1649c
Mhalla (g.)
Haicéad Leathanach: 5.175, Nóta: (7)
1655
Mallo
DS
1659
Moyello
Cen. Leathanach: 201
1660c.
Moyallow
BSD (Co) Leathanach: 148
1667c.
i M’alla
Ó Bruadair Leathanach: 1/160/L
1674-5
ó Mhala
Ó Bruadair Leathanach: II, 68 XXXVII
1683
Mallo
Hib. Del.
1685
Moyallow
CG Leathanach: 33-b
1708c.
Mala
RIA Leathanach: 23L37, lch.219[9]
1715
Moyallow
CGn. Leathanach: 15.90.6861
1720
Moyalloe
Crow's Vis. Leathanach: 68
1731
Mallow
State Pop. Leathanach: 118
1749
Malla
Liam Inglis Leathanach: 9.109
1749
Mhalla (g.)
Tadhg Gaedhlach Leathanach: 121.346
1750c.
Mhagh Eala (g.)
Seán na R. Leathanach: 314.59
1750
Mallow
Smith Map Co
1774
go Mala
Barántas Leathanach: 115.159
1778
Mallow
T&S Leathanach: 183
1784c
ó Mhala
RIA Leathanach: 23M24, lch.271
1811
Mallow
Bath
1812
Mallow (P.T.)
Leet Leathanach: II, 100
1837
Mallow
Top. Dict. Leathanach: II, 338
1840
Mallow Parish
BS:AL
1840
moigh ealla
(scriosta ag OD)
EC:AL
1840
mala, local Irish name
OD:AL
1969
Mala (g. Mhala)
Bailte Poist Leathanach: 77

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