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Gleann Caol
Glenkeel is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 54°24′36″N 7°51′40″W / 54.410°N 7.861°W / 54.410; -7.861Coordinates: 54°24′36″N 7°51′40″W / 54.410°N 7.861°W / 54.410; -7.861
First abandoned house in Glenkeel
Second abandoned house in Glenkeel

Glenkeel (from Irish Gleann Caol, meaning 'narrow glen') is a townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is situated in the south-west corner of the civil parish of Boho, in the land division of Old Barr, in the former barony of Magheraboy.[1] It is situated within Fermanagh and Omagh district.

Glenkeel is divided into the sub-townlands of Carrickaphreghaun, Carricknaboll, Cloghernavea, Lough Acrottan, Teeroe and Tullyveeny.[1]

This area is notable for its geological Karst features notably forming part of the Reyfad-Glenkeel cave system and Reyfad-Carrickbeg system. Glenkeel hill (373 m (1,224 ft)) is mentioned in several historical texts.[2] The area still retains the tradition of peat cutting.[1]


Other historical forms/interpretations of the name Glenkeel have included Gleann Caoil, meaning "glen of the slender person" (1833) or "narrow glen" (Joyce, 1875).

Other authors have stated that the name may derive from Bragbaid-na-Caoile. The caol being after an extraordinary monstrous serpent which spent its days in Monaghan consuming a great deal of the local produce and then it would proceed through (gleann-na-Caoile (Glenkeel, near Louch Erne, on the western side, towards Leitrim) to a nighttime resting place. This continued until the arrival of St Patrick who put an end to the serpent and its travels at Lough Derg.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Boho Heritage Organisation (2009). Edel Bannon, Louise Mclaughlin, Cecilia Flanagan (eds.). Boho Heritage: A treasure trove of history and lore. Nicholson & Bass Ltd, Mallusk, Northern Ireland. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-9560607-0-9.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  2. ^ A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. i. S. Lewis & Co. 1837.
  3. ^ Michael O Cleary etc (2003). Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters as translated into English by Owen Connellan: Volume 2 of the 2 volume set, with large folding family location Map. 2. Irish Roots Cafe. p. 633. ISBN 9780940134140.