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An Baile Mór (Gaeilge)

Lawrencetown also Laurencetown (English)

meaning of Irish place name:

baile– townland, town, homestead

mór– great, big

Historical description:

 A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, by Samuel Lewis, 1837

LAURENCETOWN, a village, in the parish of CLONFERT, barony of LONGFORD, county of GALWAY, and province of CONNAUGHT, 6 miles (S.) from Ballinasloe, on the road to Eyrecourt, to which places it has a penny post: the population is returned with the parish. It is a chief constabulary police station, and petty sessions are held weekly on Thursday. A considerable quantity of wooden ware and furniture is manufactured here, and fairs are held on May 8th, Aug. 22nd, and Dec. 15th, for cattle, sheep, and pigs. The R. C. chapel for this part of the district is a good modern building; and the Wesleyan Methodists also have a chapel here and support a school. The seats in the vicinity are Bellevue, or Liscreaghan, the residence of Walter Laurence, Esq., situated in an extensive and well-wooded demesne containing a number of remarkably fine cedars of Lebanon and evergreen oaks; Gortnamona, the elegant seat of P. Blake, Esq.; Somerset House, of Simeon Seymour, Esq.; Somerset Glebe, of the Rev. J. Hanigan; and Ballymore Castle, of Thomas Seymour, Esq., a fortified structure erected in 1620, and modernised at a considerable expense in 1815. Near the town are the ruins of the castle of O’Hill, from which it formerly took the name of Ohillmore.


Place name:


Griffith’s Valuation Lawrencetown






This page was added on 24/02/2015.

Comments about this page

  • The links here have been invaluable to me in researching my great grandfather Michael Kelly who was a farmer at Lawrencetown – Beview or Belview – and from one of whose 11 children I am descended. It also gives a helpful description of the locality. I wonder how near to historical accuracy as to the social and cultural conditions is Anthony Trollope’s novel set in this area in 1848 ‘The Kellys and the O’Kellys’ . . .

    By Malachy Cornwell-Kelly (22/01/2017)
  • This page has so much for me to research of our Teague heritage also looking for Hannah Donnelly..His wife..I hope to be visiting again in a year.. Many Thanks, Love My dear Ireland

    By Virginia Teague (29/05/2016)

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