Clontead Beg

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Clontead Beg
Irish transcription(s)
 • Derivation: Cluain Téide Bheag
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Country Ireland
County County Cork
Barony Muskerry East
Civil parish Magourney
First recorded Mid 17th Century
Settlements Coachford
 • Council Cork County Council
 • Ward Blarney-Macroom EA
 • Total 92.02 ha (227.39 acres)
Irish grid ref W466733
Townland location
Clontead Beg is located in island of Ireland
Clontead Beg
Coordinates 51°54′37″N 8°46′30″W / 51.91028°N 8.77500°W / 51.91028; -8.77500Coordinates: 51°54′37″N 8°46′30″W / 51.91028°N 8.77500°W / 51.91028; -8.77500

Clontead Beg (from Irish Cluain Téide Bheag) is a townland within the civil parish of Magourney and catholic parish of Aghabullogue, County Cork, Ireland. It is 227.39 acres in size, and east of Coachford village.

In the Down Survey (Muskery Map, 1656-8), it is referred to as 'Clonete Beg',[1] but does not appear as a 'denomination' on the Down Survey parish map, nor is it mentioned in the accompanying terrier.

The Ordnance Survey name book (c. 1840) describes the western end of the townland as forming the village of Coachford and the eastern end the 'Derreen Demesne.' Clontead House and Demesne was situated on its southern boundary. Various name versions are given, such as 'Clontade', 'Clontead', 'Clontadebeg' and 'Clontade Beg'. A suggested Irish version is Cluain Téide Beg, with 'Cluain Téide' interpreted as 'plain or lawn of the green [hill]'. O'Murchú (1991) gives an Irish version of Cluain Téide, suggesting 'Téide' as meaning a plateau, or a plain on a hill; essentially 'plain of the flat-topped hill'.[2] The Placenames Database of Ireland gives the townland an Irish name of Cluain Téide Bheag, with 'Cluain' meaning 'meadow' or 'pasture'.[3]

Townlands vary greatly in size, being territorial divisions within parishes in Ireland. Extensively used for land surveys, censuses and polling systems since the seventeenth century, townlands have also been used as the basis for rural postal addresses. In County Cork, surveying and standardisation of townland names and boundaries by the Ordnance Survey during the mid-nineteenth century, resulted in some earlier townland names disappearing, due to amalgamation or division. The townlands resulting from such surveys were employed during the Primary Land Valuation (Griffith's Valuation), subsequent censuses, and continue in use today.

Townland sites/items of interest[edit]


  1. ^ "Down Survey map 1656-8 (Barony of Muskery)". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ O'Murchú, M. (Dec 1991). "Place names of the parish of Aghabullogue". Coachford Record. 2. 
  3. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Does not include population within Coachford village, part of which is situate in Clontead Beg townland, but separately returned as per Census records. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Histpop; Area, population and number of houses, Vol. II, Ireland, 1881, page 207
  6. ^ a b c HistPop; Area, houses, and population, Munster, Ireland,1911 Page 94
  7. ^ "Grand Jury map of County Cork" (PDF). Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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