Local Placenames

Here are a list of place names found in and around Maynooth, in County Kildare.

I’ve listed them in order of English name, Irish name and the supposed meaning, where I can. Naturally there are slight variations in some. I’ll go in depth in the future about place names in general. For now here are some places you might be interested in. If there’s something you’d like me to add, please let me know!

Castletown House – Baile an Chaisleáin – Townland of the Castle

Clane – Claonadh – Slope; Sloping Ford

Donadea – Domhnach Dheá – Dea’s Church

Donaghmore – Large Church

Kilcock – Cill Choca – St Coca’s Church

Kildare – Cill Dara – Church of the Oak

Leixlip – Léim an Bhradáin – Salmon Leap

Lucan – Leamhcán – Place of Elms

Maynooth – Maigh Nuad – Nua’s plain; Nuadu’s plain

Naas – An Nás – The Fair

Prosperous – An Chorrcoill -The odd or misplaced wood

Straffan – Teach Srafáin – Srafan’s church

Taghadoe – House of St. Tua


Sources: The Poolbeg Book of Irish Placenames by Sean McMahon,

Dictionary of Irish Place-names  by Adrian Room,

Irish Place Names by Deidre Flanagan and Laurence Flanagan

Image: http://www.maynoothcollege.ie


The Meaning of Irish Placenames by James O’ Connell