Geography

Templemoyle; Tampulmweel

 

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

Templemoyle; Tampulmweel

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

Teampall Maol

Meaning of the Name: 

Ainm as Gaeilge:                                          Meaning in English:

Teampall Maol                                               Roofless of flat church                                  

Meaning of Townland Name in The Athenry Journal-Vol. 1, No. 3, P. 27/30.1995

Templemoyle – Teampall Maol – Roofless Church.

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

It is the property of Mr. Burke, half the townland is under tillage, and the remainder is bog. Near its western extremity is a triangulation station and 5 chains east of it stands the ruins of an old church which has been blown down by the storm of January 6th, 1839.

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

It is situated 2 and half miles south-east of Monivea, bounded on the north by Currantarramud and west by Tysaxon. On the south by Bingarra and on the east by Shoodaun.

1821 Census Data of the area including

Tithe Applotment Book Data (18   ):

1839 O.S.I. Map

1852 Griffiths Valuation Data:

Acreage (Richard Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864):

166 Acres; 3 Roods; 12 Square Perches

In 1862 it was part of Monivea Parish

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

1901 Census Data:

1911 Census Data:

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

 

Templemoyle by Martin T. Kelly

Source: ADC’s Publication-The Athenry Journal, Vol. 1, 1995

Athenry Historical Society made a welcome foray into the half-parish of Newcastle recently to consider the origins of Temple Moyle/Tysaxon. Professor Etienne Rynne, no stranger to the locality, traced the history of the reli­gious foundation in a manner which entire­ly satisfied the contentions traditionally held in area; that the site predates the “Renaissance” and the “Medieval” and much more besides.

The hub of the professors thesis is that Temple Moyle and Tysaxon are one and the same location having been founded as part of the Coleman Migration following the Synod of Whitby. His attention had origi-nally been drawn to the place on the discov­ery of a handbell and graveslaps by Gerrard Rabbitte during sandpit excavation in the late seventies. A study of this site and others has given rise to a renewed interest in Northumbrian influences on Irish monastic art in such locations as Mayo na Sacson, Innishboffin, Ardagh, Tullylease and Deny na Flor. The Lindesfame tradition of the Celtic church returning to influence that of its origins was a fascinating aspect of the professors talk.

Fascinating were the pieces of local lore offered during the tea break by John Willie Cloonan, Matt Kelly, Eugene Coleman and retired teacher, Paddy Joyce. Two artifacts in particular were the subject of this discussion, a “Sile na Gig” sculpture and a carving of a “Caileach Feachach”. The speakers were adamant that both carving were to be seen in Temple Moyle graveyard until recently. The story goes that building of the Temple Moyle (theroofless church) was abandoned due to the baleful attentions of the starving crone (Caiteach Feachach) perched on a nearby hill. The local were reluctant to share this piece of lore with the professor and other learned people present for fear of ridicule or scepticism and so it remained confined to a small group at the teabreak. But not even the sceptic professor can deny that a small hillock lying a few hundred meters south of Temple Moyle is known locally as “Cnoc Feachana”.