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Craigs, County Antrim


Ir. Na Creaga [na kraga] ‘the rocks’.


Hamlet is 2.5km NW of Cullybackey

bar: Kilconway

The site of the medieval parish church is in a graveyard in the subdenomination of the townland of Craigs known as AGHNAKILLA(Ir. Achadh na Cille ‘field of the church’) [the Creggs 1604].


The townland of Craigs was formerly divided into four townlands, the names of which were recorded by Reeves c.1847 as Aughnakeely, Groogagh, Carhunny and Grannagh (see parish introduction).  Aughnakeely is the modern Aghnakilla   while Groogagh may represent the modern Grouba (see below).  Grannagh is written the halfe Towne of Granagh in Petty's Down Survey of c.1657 (DS (Reg) Ahoghill) and its name appears to be derived from Irish Greanach ‘place of gravel’.  The origin of the name Carhunny is obscure.  It is worth remarking that there is a townland named Carclunty which borders the townland of Craigs on the north, and one is inclined to wonder if this was accidentally designated one of ‘the four towns of Craigs’ in 1847.  The Down Survey also records the names of two of the former subdivisions of Craigs as Tanebracke als. Tanaghnabrooke and Claskill.  However, in the absence of further evidence, it is impossible to establish reliable Irish forms for these obsolete place-names.


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 48; (info. from McKay, P. (1995): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 4 p. 193)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ecclesia de Clemly1306Eccles. Tax. 88
(?)the 4 towns, villages or hamlets called the>1604CPR Jas I 58a
>Creggs1604CPR Jas I 58a
the 4 Towns of the Cregges1629Lodge RR Car I i 191
~Achadh-na-cille1647Trias. Thaum. 182 col.1n
(?)Bordell tl.1657cDS (Reg.) Toome
(?)Craganagorton1657cDS (Reg.) Toome
(?)Bordell''s Town1661BSD 148
the small Towne 1/2 of ye Creggs1661BSD 148
(?)Bordell1667ASE 98 a 30
(?)Cragnagortan1667ASE 97 b 30
4 Small Townes of ye Creage1669HMR Ant. 82
(?)Bordell1672cHib. Del. Antrim
(?)Craganagorton1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Craigs1780Lendrick Map
Craigs1830OSNB B 35 B 131
~Creaga ""rocks""1830J O'D (OSNB) B 35 B 131
(?)Donelly''s Cell1837OSM xxiii 25
""four towns of Craigs: Aughnakeely, Groogagh,Carhu1847EA 89
(?)Groogagh1847EA 89
(?)Groogagh1847EA 89
Kildemly.....Donelly''s Cell1884O'Laverty iii 364
Craigeacha ""Rocks""1934Magill's Antrim 79
~Na Creaga1989GÉ 95
~Na Creaga ""the rocks""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 48
Parish in 1851
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