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Falls, County Antrim



Main route in the west of Belfast

par: Shankill bar: Belfast Upper

Falls Road is named from the Irish petty kingdom of Tuath na bhFál [tooa na waal] ‘territory of the enclosures’, the name of which survives in the modern name THE FALLS. The original extent of the territory was roughly equal to the civil parish of Shankill and it thus comprised the greater part of the Co. Antrim portion of the modern city of Belfast [Tuogh of the Fall 1605].


McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 68

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
the Fall1604CPR Jas I 49a
?Falfeloagh1605CPR Jas I 73ab
Tuogh fall1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 48,49
Tuoghfall1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 51
Tuoghfall1605CPR Jas I 77b
Tuoghnefall1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 48,51
Tuoghnefall1605CPR Jas I 77b
the Fall1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43
the Fall1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43
The Falls1606CPR Jas I 89a
Le Fall1608CPR Jas I 121b
Tuoghfall1608CPR Jas I 122b
Tuoghnefall1608CPR Jas I 120a,121b
Tuognefall1608CPR Jas I 120a
the Fall1611CPR Jas I 216b
Tuoghfall1620Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $3
le Fall1620Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $3
Toughfall1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) 524b
Toughnefall1621CPR Jas I 523a
Tuoghfall1621CPR Jas I 524a
Tuoghfall1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Tuoghnefall1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Tuoghnefall1621CPR Jas I 523ab
le Fall1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
le Fall1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
le Fall, le tuogh de1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $7 Jac.I
Toughfall1630Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $8
[Dunmurry and] the Fall1659cCensus 1659 9
~Na Fála ""the hedges or enclosures""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A24
Tuath na bhFál ""territory of the enclosures""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Belfast Upper
Parish in 1851
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