Name (as per O.S.I. Map):


Ainm/Ainmneacha as Gaeilge  (John O’Donavan’s Townland Index 1862):

Meaning of the Name: 

Ainm as Gaeilge:                                                    Meaning in English:

                                                                                 Yellow Hill                                         

Townland Names -The Athenry Journal, Vol. 1, No: 3, 1995

Boyhill – Cnoc Bui – Yellow hill.

Acreage (Richard Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864):

185 Acres; 1 Roods; 4 Square Perches.

Valuation: £ s d

Propietor of the Townland:

Description (John O’Donavan’s Townland index 1862):

It is the property of Burton Persse, all arable with the exception of two small lakes, one in the east and the other 20 chains south of its northern angle. It is bounded on the east and west by the roads from Athenry to Loughrea and Craughwell respectively. There is a large fort at the north of this townland and a remarkable hill 3 chains west of its east angle called Boyhill.

Situation (John O’Donavan’s Townland index 1862):

It is situated 1 and half miles south- southeast of Athenry, bounded on the north and east by Baunmore and Rahard and on the south by Loobruah, Bottom, Tubberconnolly and Mountain South, and on the east by Faranablake East.

Boyhill also contained parts called Gortroe and Slievrue.


1821 Census Data of the area:

1841 – there were 7 males and 5 females.

1851 – there were 5 males and 4 females.

Tithe Applotment Book Data (1827):

In 1827, Pat Murphy and Partners owned 12 and three quarter acres of 2nd Grade land and 12 and three quarter acres of 3rd grade land.

Mr Kineen owned 78 acres of 2nd grade land 25 acres of 3rd grade land.

1827 – the families of Smith, Kinneen, Egan, Rooney, Lane, Burke, Keighray and Browne lived in this townland.

1839 O.S.I. Map

According to the 1841 census there were 62 inhabitants living in Boyhill compared with 48 living there in 1851.

1852 Griffiths Valuation Data:

1855 – the families of Kinneens, Persse,  Broderick, Murphy, and Size were residents of the townland.

O.S.I. Map (19   ) Showing Archaeological Sites:


1901 Census Data:

1911 Census Data:

1920 – Boyhill was taken by the C.D.B. and divided among 14 tenants, areas varying from 1 acre to 24 acres.

1924-Names on Voters Lists for national Elections (Galway Co. Co.)

2005 Google Map

Villages within the Townland

Famous People of the Townland

2011 Census Population Data (D.E.D._______________________ )

Names of Children from National School Register


The Archaeological Survey by Dr. Gosling states that there is a ringfort and graveyard in Boyhill and Farnablake East(28),  a ringfort in Boyhill (29), enclosure site (50), ringfort (51), enclosure site in Boyhill and Farnablake East (52).





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