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town +‎ land

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townland (plural townlands)

  1. (Ireland) A geographical unit of land in Ireland, smaller than a parish.
    • 2014, Paul Galvin, In My Own Words: The Autobiography, Transworld Publishers, →ISBN, page 28:
      I'd have more desire to play for the Kerry hurlers nowadays, just to win a medal at senior inter-county hurling level. Lixnaw is my parish and my hurling club; Ballinclogher is my townland and my home.
    • 1916, Peadar Ua Laoghaire, Shiana, Dublin: The Irish Book Company, page 129:
      there was a batch of people in every one of the seven townlands cutting splinters of wood to make torches for the night to go in search of him, and that no doubt he would be found stuck head downwards in some hole and drowned, or in some rock-cave, perished with cold and hunger.
    • 1903, George Moore, “Home Sickness” in The Untilled Field, London: T. Fisher Unwin, p. 158,[1]
      [] they walked round the lake, for the townland was at the back of the demesne []