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I'm a "narrowback". If you are unfamiliar with the term it means a first generation American of Irish descent. My father is from county Monaghan, Ireland, and my mother is from the Aran Isles, county Galway, Ireland.

My name is Michael Connolly and I live in New Jersey in the USA.

I'm a Yank but consider myself as much Irish as American. My interests include philately, Irish, Aran and Monaghan history and the Irish language. I also collect maps, shells, bells, leather bound books and books about Ireland.

When I discovered Wikipedia, I began browsing and found the article on the Aran Islands in List of islands of Ireland. It's then that I decided to become a contributer to Wikipedia. Aran has long been a passion of mine.

(more to come)

Aran Villages[edit]



Bungowla (Bungahla) (“bottom of the fork”) It is the westernmost village on the island. There is a boat launching ramp at the village.

  1. 14 homes

Creig an Chéirin

  1. 17 homes

Onaght (Eoghanacht) (This is the name of an Irish sept or clan.) It is located near the site of the Seven Churches monastery and Dun Eoghanachta, an ancient fort.

  1. 20 homes
  2. Chapel Naomh Pádraic (1958)
  3. National School
  4. Údaras na Gaeltachta *Seoda Astrid/Telectron/Ionad I.T.

An Sruthán (“streamlet”)

  1. 26 homes

Kilmurvey (Cill Mhuirbhigh) (“the Church near the sandy beach”) It is located down the slope from the prehistoric fort, Dun Angus. Port Mhuirbhigh is an inlet in the village with a fine sandy beach. Teampall MacDuach and [[Teampall na Naomh]] are located nearby. Clochan na Carraige is off the main road to Onaght.

  1. 26 homes
  2. Lia Árann shop
  3. An Túirne shop
  4. Tigh Pheait Pheadi‘s shop
  5. Teach Sarah shop
  6. An Púcán shop
  7. Aran Jewellery shop
  8. Ionad Oidhreachta (Heritage office) Dhún Aonghusa
  9. Store na Céibhe
  10. public toilet

Gort na gCapall (“field of the horses”) This is the only village on the western side of the island. Liam O’Flaherty, the author, was born here.

  1. 18 homes
  2. Ionad Oideachais (2003)

Fearann an Choirce

  1. 31 homes
  2. School
  3. Ionad Pobail
  4. National School

Corrúch (Cowrugh) (It probably means “uneven sea inlet” but might be a corruption of Caradoc, a saint’s name.) It is situated on the road between Kilronan and Kilmurvey. Teampall na Ceathrar Álainn is located nearby.

  1. 10 homes
  2. church

Baile na Creigen (“village of the crag”)

  1. 12 homes

Oghill (Eochaill) (“yew wood”) Nearby is the ancient fort, Dun Oghill.

  1. 24 homes
  2. chapel

Manastir (An Mainistir) Teampall Chiaráin is located nearby..

Kilronan (Cill Rónáin) (“the Church of St. Ronan”) It is the largest village on the island. It has a large harbor, able to accommodate steamers from Galway town.

Killeany (Cill Éinne) (“St. Enda’s church”) St. Enda built his monastery here. It is the second largest village on the island and was once a quite busy fishing port. Nearby is Arkyne Castle.

Iarairne (Iar Áirne) (“the back of the island”) Locally it is known as The Dog’s Head because of shape of the land there.

^Note 1 : information regarding homes and other structures taken from "Árainn: Cosain an Tsaoil", edited by Mná Fiontacha, published by Bailiúchán Bhéaloideas Árainn, 2003.


Maher Moneenarouga Lissheen Ballindoon Kinavalla


Temore Forumna Castle Cleganough

Note to self: find pictures of Temple Bar, Dublin

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 "Surnames    It is common for some Irish surnames to be anglicized, meaning that they were changed to 
 sound more English. This usually occurred with Irish immigrants arriving in the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries." 

in Irish People. Anglicized names also came about in Ireland at the hands of the English.