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Tullaghgarley, County Antrim


Ir. Tulach Ghreallaí ‘hillock of the marsh’


The townland of Tullaghgarley is known locally as ‘Tullygarley’, which suggests that the first element is an oblique form of tulach i.e. tulaigh.  However, since the majority of the historical spellings (e.g. Tullaghgarly 1640) show the spelling tullagh, it is more likely that tulach is the original form of the first element.  In the parish of Craigs, there is a townland which is also named Tullaghgarley but which has the oblique form tulaigh as its first element. The final element of Tullaghgarley is greallaí, the genitive form of greallach which is defined as ‘mire; slush, puddle; puddly ground’ (Ó Dónaill sv.); ‘a miry or marshy place’ (Joyce iii 388), and has in this case been anglicized -garley by the process of metathesis.  None of the early spellings of the place-name reflect the original Irish pronunciation of greallach, which suggests that the metathesis must have taken place before the name of the townland was first recorded.  Approximately half of the townland of Tullaghgarley lies in the parish of Ahoghill, while the other half lies in the parish of Connor. Tullaghgarley is one of approximately twelve townlands which made up the native Irish tough or territory of Keart and consisted of a portion of the parish of Connor plus all of the neighbouring parish of Ballyclug.


(info. from McKay, P. (1995): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 4 p. 188)

Additional Information

tld evenly split btw Connor/Ahoghill

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Tullygarley (alias Grenoge)1606cO'Laverty iii 288
Ballytullaghgarly1640Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $144 Car.I
Ballytullaghgarly1640Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $144 Car.I
Tullaghgarly1640Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $144 Car.I
Tullaghgarly1640Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $144 Car.I
1/2 town of Grenagh als. Tulloghgarly1654Bnd. Connor Par.
Tullaghgarly, the 1/2 town of1657Inq. Par. Ant. 84
Tullaghgarly1657cHib. Reg. Antrim
Tullgurly or Tullygarly1667ASE 125 a $26
Tullygarly1669HMR Ant. 123
Tullygarly1669HMR Ant. 123
Tullagarty1672cHib. Del. Antrim
1/2 Tullaghgarly1680BSD (Annes.) 7
1/2 town of Grenagh als Tullaghgarly1720Lodge RR Geo I & II 72
Tullaghgarly1720Lodge RR Geo I & II 67
Tullaghgarly1724Reg. Deeds 43-177-27809
Tullaghgarley1780Lendrick Map
Tullaghgarley1780Lendrick Map
Tullaghgarley1830OSNB B35 B131
~Tulach Garbhlaigh ""rough hill""1830cJ O'D (OSNB) B 43 B 94
~Tulach Garbhlaigh ""rough hill""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) B94 B43
Tullygarley (East and West)1851Encumbered Ests. (O'Laverty) 396
~Tulach-garbhlaigh ""rough hill""1913Joyce iii 587
~Tulach-garbhlaigh ""rough hill""1913Joyce iii 587
Tulaigh Ghreallaigh2001DCAL replies PMcK/LA
Antrim Lower
Parish in 1851
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