The townland name is an anglicisation of the Gaelic placename “Cairrig a Lios” which means ‘The Rock of the Fort’. The oldest surviving mention of the name is in a grant dated October 14, 1612 where it is spelled ‘Cerglles’. Spellings in later grants are 1629 – Corgelouse. A subdivision of the townland is named “Curraghart” which is an anglicisation of the Gaelic placename “Currech Airt” which means ‘Art’s Marsh’.
It is bounded on the north by Gortineddan townland, on the east by Kiltycrose and Dernagore townlands, on the south by Cloncoohy townland & on the west by Knockadoois townland. Its chief geographical features are the Shannon-Erne Waterway, the Duvoge River, Cloncoohy Lough and a drumlin hill reaching to 60 metres above sea-level.
The townland is traversed by Cloncoohy Lane and some minor lanes.
Carickaleese covers an area of 203 statute acres.
The townland formed part of the ballybethagh of Calvagh in medieval times. At the beginning of the 17th century it was owned jointly by Bryan McPhilip O’Reyly and Edward Rutlidge but was confiscated by the Crown in the 1609 Ulster Plantation and it formed part of the half-territory of Aughrin which was granted to Sir Hugh Culme in 1610. Culme later relinquished his claim to the Crown, perhaps because there was confusion at the time as to whether the townland formed part of County Fermanagh or County Cavan. By an order of the Lord Deputy dated October 14, 1612 the townland was granted, inter alia, to Lady Margaret O’Neill, the widow of Sir Hugh Maguire deceased. In 1641 and also in 1670 it was owned by Sir William Balfour (general).
The Tithe Applotment Books for 1827 list the following tithepayers in the townland- Curry, Reilly, McCaffrey, Clerk, McKernan.
The population of the townland in the 1841 census was 100.
The only historic site in the townland is Cloncoohy Bridge.
- Settlement on a Plantation Estate, the Balfour Rentals of 1632 and 1636 by John Johnston, in Clogher Record Vol. 12, No. 1 (1985), pp. 92-109
- Tithe Applotment Books 1827
- CarrickaleeseGriffith’s Valuation 1857
- Census of Ireland 1901
- Census of Ireland 1911
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