Annahilt Parish (Iveagh portion), County Down
Ir. Eanach Eilte ‘marsh of the doe’
Village is 8km NW of Ballynahinch
bar: Iveagh Lower, Lower Half
The village of Annahilt is in the townland of BALLYCRUNE. The ruined church in the graveyard in the townland of GLEBE a short distance to the north-east appears to mark the site of the ancient parish church [(Molibae)Enaig Elti c.830].
Annahilt is the name of a parish and a village (located in the townland of Ballycrune). The parish of Annahilt is mainly in the barony of Iveagh Lower, Lower Half, with just the townland of Cargacreevy in the barony of Kinelarty. It may have been a significant place on the boundary of territory possessed by the early people known as the Cruithin in the early Middle Ages; this is suggested by the name of Ballycrune (Ir. Bealach Cruithean ‘pass of the Cruithin’), the townland in which Annahilt village is situated. Later Annahilt parish lay between Iveagh (Kilwarlin) (i.e. Magennis territory) to the west and Kinelarty (i.e. McCartan territory) to the east. Some of the townlands were listed twice, under both baronies. Cluntagh (Ballyclonty), Ballymurphy, Ballykeel [Lougherne], and Cargacreevy in the south and east of Annahilt also appear as townlands of Kinelarty barony in the early 17th century, for example in CPR Jas I 355b (in 1616), where they are enumerated among the lands of Phelim McCartan.
The earliest reference to the name is in the Martyrology of Tallaght (c. 830) where the feast of St. Molioba of Annahilt (Molibae Enaig Elti) is marked on December 26th (Mart. Tal. p.1). The saints’ genealogies (CSH 722.102) say of this St Molioba that he was of Dál nAraide (who pertained to the Cruithin). Pádraig Ó Riain (2011, 396) equates him Libhear of Aghaboe (Co. Laois) who was originally from East Ulster. The ruins of the former parish church of Annahilt stand in the graveyard in the townland of Glebe a short distance to the north-east of the village. However, that church was consecrated in 1741 (ASCD 323) and it is unlikely that it marks the site of the ancient parish church. It was suggested in 1814 by Shaw Mason (Par. Surv. 13) and in 1847 by Reeves (EA 316) that this church was surrounded by a fort, but the remains of shallow banks and ditches have been dismissed as "probably no more than an old cart track" (ASCD 150-1). Furthermore, the shape of Glebe townland suggests that it was a late division of Aghnaleck. The site of the medieval parish church therefore remains to be identified, but it is more likely to lie close to the settlement of Annahilt which gave name to the parish.
ReferencesMcKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 5, KM, 2009
other portion in Kinelarty; see also the village of Annahilt
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Molibae Enaig Elti
|0830c||Mart. Tal. Dec 26 p1|
mo Liba (Eanaigh Eallta i n-Ultoibh)
|1170c||Mart. Gorm. Dec 26 p246n|
mo-Liba (i n-Uibh Eachach Uladh i n-Eanach Elte)
|1170c||Mart. Gorm. Feb 18 p38n|
Enach Elti, Molioba, ó
|1630c||Mart. Don. Feb 18 p52|
Enaigh elte, Molioba
|1630c||Mart. Don. Dec 26 p348|
o Atha na hilide
|1808||Neilson's Intro. 66|
Eanach Eilte ""marsh of the doe""
|1834c||J O'D (OSNB) No. 44|
Eanach Eilte "marsh of the doe"
|1999||Dict. Ulst. PN 5|
Eanach Eilte "marsh of the doe"
|1999||Cel. Ulst. Tds 13|
|Enachailty||1539||Annates Ulst. 298|
|Enaghallty||1546||Reg. Dowdall $113 81|
|Annechelte||1609||Jas I to Dromore Cath. 314|
|Annaghilt||1611||CPR Jas I 190b|
|Anahilt||1657||Inq. Down (Reeves1) 87|
|Annahilt||1661||Trien. Visit. (Bramhall) 14|
|Annahilt Parish||1661||BSD 81|
|Anahilt||1679||Trien. Visit. (Boyle) 46|
|Anahilt||1679||Trien. Visit. (Boyle) 48|
|Annahilt||1755||Map of Down (OSNB) E 15|
|Annahilt or Eanachelte||1802||Dubourdieu's Map Dn (OSNB) E 15|
- Iveagh Lr., Lr. Half
- Parish in 1851
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