town
Sráid na Cathrach
genitive: Shráid na Cathrach
validated name
(Irish)
Milltown Malbay
(English)

Other names

Miltown Malbay
local name
(English)

Glossary

English street, village

Explanatory note

  • Gaeilge

    I dtaca le Milltown Malbay / Sráid na Cathrach de, is é an chúis go bhfuil ainm éagsúil ar an mbaile úd i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge ná gur thagair an dá ainm do ghnéithe éagsúla ó cheart. Tá baile fearainn ar imeall an bhaile ar a dtugtar Poulawillin i mBéarla. Faightear tagairtí don mbaile fearainn sin i gcáipéisí Stáit ón 16ú haois anuas, leithéid ‘Pole villine’ (bliain 1585). Cé go gcuireann foirmeacha Béarlaithe an logainm Poll an Mhuilinn in iúl, ní foláir nó tuigeadh gur 'Milltown' ba bhrí leis. In Ainmleabhar Paróiste na Suirbhéireachta Ordanáis cuir i gcás, sa bhliain 1839, tá tagairt do ‘Baile an Mhuillinn anciently Poll a’ Mhuillinn, Milltown Malbay’. Ainm ar an gcuan laistiar de Shráid na Cathrach is ea Malbay. Ní ainm Gaeilge é ó bhunús. Ar a shon sin, bhí sé in úsáid i litríocht na Gaeilge faoin 18ú haois ach go háirithe. Cathair cloch ba ea An Chathair ó cheart. Is iad na hainmeacha a thugadh cainteoirí Gaeilge Co. an Chláir ar an sráidbhaile ná An Chathair, Sráid na Cathrach, Milltown, Sráid Mhilltown.

  • English

    As regards Milltown Malbay / Sráid na Cathrach, the reason the Irish and English names for the town are unrelated to each other is that they originally referred to two separate features. There is a townland on the edge of the town called Poulawillin in English. References to this townland are found in State documents from the 16th century onwards, e.g. ‘Pole villine’ (anno 1585). Although the anglicised forms of the placename imply Poll an Mhuilinn, 'the hole/pool of the mill', the name seems to have been understood to mean 'Milltown'. For example, in the Parish Namebook of the Ordnance Survey (1839) there is a reference to ‘Baile an Mhuillinn anciently Poll a’ Mhuillinn, Milltown Malbay’. Malbay is the name of the bay to the west of Milltown. Although not originally an Irish name, it is found in Irish literature by the 18th century. An Chathair originally referred a stone fort.
    The names the Irish speakers of Co. Clare had for the village were An Chathair, Sráid na Cathrach (lit. 'the street of the stone fort'), Milltown, and Sráid Mhilltown.

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Properties

POThere is or was once a post office here

Archival records

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Historical references

1839
Miltown
Seneschal List:AL (Cl) Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Poulawollin
DS:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Baile an mhuillinn
dúch:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Poll a' mhuillinn, 'hole of the mill'
"anciently Poll a' Mhuillinn, hole of the mill" [OD Nóta];
OD:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Milltown Malbay
OD:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Miltown Malbay Town
BS:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Milltown Malbay Town
CM:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Miltown
Registry of Voters 1833:AL (Cl) Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Miltown
Registry of Voters 1833:AL (Cl) Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Miltown
Seneschal List:AL (Cl) Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Poulawollin
DS:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Baile an mhuillinn
dúch:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Poll a' mhuillinn, 'hole of the mill'
"anciently Poll a' Mhuillinn, hole of the mill" [OD Nóta];
OD:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Milltown Malbay
OD:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Miltown Malbay Town
BS:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1839
Milltown Malbay Town
CM:AL Leathanach: Cl047,42
1964
ˌsrɑːd′ɴəˈkɑhərəx
Áit. Imleabhar: 155U, Am: 11n24s

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