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The study of placenames can deliver valuable information about an area. Diverse details concerning many aspects can all be obtained from placenames. Examples of information to be gained include the following; land divisions, land use, crops, shape and quality of the land, common birds and animals, local industry and occupations, farming practices, customs, religious practices, poitin making, legends, family names, names of people gone before, even events such as drowning.
Clonmany is no exception and has has many curious names; Bulba, Raghtin, Carrickabraghy, Ballyliffin, Gaddyduff, Cregnamaca, Glasheedy, Both Chonais and Ben Conor. It also has quite a few lost townlands;
Land divisions can be split down into many levels, i.e., County, barony, parish, townlands. To gain information on placenames local people are usually the best source but researchers should also look to the following list of sources;
The following is a list of some of the sources from which this information has been obtained.