Barony of Islands

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Barony of Islands
Barony of Islands is located in Ireland
Barony of Islands
Barony of Islands
Coordinates: 52°45′31″N 8°37′33″W / 52.758737°N 8.625855°W / 52.758737; -8.625855Coordinates: 52°45′31″N 8°37′33″W / 52.758737°N 8.625855°W / 52.758737; -8.625855
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County Clare
Baronies of Clare. Barony of Islands is in the south centre.

The Barony of Islands is a geographical division of County Clare, Ireland, that in turn is divided into civil parishes.

Legal context[edit]

Baronies were created after the Norman invasion of Ireland as divisions of counties and were used the administration of justice and the raising of revenue. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they have been administratively obsolete since 1898. However, they continue to be used in land registration and in specification, such as in planning permissions. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic túath which had submitted to the Crown.


The barony is bounded on the north by the barony of Inchiquin, on the east by Bunratty Upper, on the south by Clonderalaw and on the west by Moyarta and Ibrickan. It covers 67,101 acres (27,155 ha) of which 3,471 acres (1,405 ha) are tideway of the River Fergus and 3,932 acres (1,591 ha) are water. The river and estuary of the Fergus form the eastern boundary of the barony, which slopes down to the water. The western part is mainly low moorish uplands, while the east includes some of the rich pasturage known as "Corcasses".[1]

Parishes and settlements[edit]

The barony contains the civil parishes of Clare-Abbey, Clondagad, Dromcliffe, Killone, and Kilmaly. The main settlements are Ennis and Clare.[1]