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


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

Cathair Brioscáin

Meaning of the Name: 

Ainm as Gaeilge:                                          Meaning in English:

Cathair Bríoscáin                                           Briscans Fort (Donovan)

                                                                      Fort where Brioscán grows (Joyce)

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

Caherbriskaun – Cathair Brioscdn – fort or settlement of the silver weed, tansey, skirret or stunted hay.

Acreage (Richard Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864):

373 Acres; 1 Roods; 39 Square Perches

Valuation: £ s d

Propietor of the Townland:

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

It is the property of Mr. Lambert, seven-eighths of which is cultivated, the remainder is dry heathy pasture and rocks. Near its south extremity is a large village of houses and at its extreme North- west angle is a spring well. Its general surface varies from 132 to 212 feet above sea level.

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

It is situated three and half miles west of Athenry, bounded on the north by Moor, west by Barrets Park and Lisheenkyle West and East, south by Tubberruah and Cáuráundhú and east by Knocknacreeva.

It is in the barony of Clare and in the E.D. of Aughrim.  O’Donovan wishes that it was also known as Briskaun’s stone fort, situated 5-2- miles north of Athenry, property of Lambert, consists of 575 acres in



1821 Census Data of the area including

Tithe Applotment Book Data (18   ):

1839 O.S.I. Map


1841 – Caherbriskaun had a population of 77 people, 45 males and 54 females. 

1851 – there had been a drop of 44.  The population went down to 55 people, 15 males and 20 females. 

1841 – there was a total of 15 houses inhabited, which dropped to 8 houses in 1851.

1901   Census Data:

1911   Census Data:

1852 Griffiths Valuation Data:


In 1855 the landlord remained Walter Lambert.  On his land in Caherbriskaun he had 5 tenants.

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

The archeological survey by Dr. Gosling of the paridh of Athenry reveals an unclassified earthwork site and an enclosure site in this townland.

O’Donovan stated in 1858 that there was a spring well in the extreme north west.


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