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Baronies were created after the Norman invasion as subdivisions of counties and were used for administration. 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 specification such as in planning permissions. In some areas usage of the Barony name is in very common usage while in other areas Barony names have fallen out of use altogether. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic tuath which had submitted to the Crown.
Burrishoole is one of the nine baronies of County Mayo. It includes a widespread area from Newport in the east through Mulranny on the north side of Clew Bay and out to Achill Island in the west. The Barony is shown on the image on the right marked in pale yellow below the Baronies of Erris and Tyrawley.
Towns in the Barony of Burrishoole