Clanawley (from Irish Clann Amhlaoibh 'Clan Awley') is a barony in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.[2] To its east lies Upper Lough Erne, and it is bordered by three other baronies: Magheraboy to the north; Tirkennedy and Knockninny to the east.[2] It also borders three baronies in the Republic of Ireland: Tullyhaw to the south; and Drumahaire and Rosclogher to the west.

Clann Amhlaoibh[1] (Irish)
Location of Clanawley, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Location of Clanawley, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryNorthern Ireland


The territory of Clanawley was first recorded in 1306, and derives its name from Amhlaoibh, the son of the first Maguire king of Fermanagh, Donn Carrach Mag Uidhir. This makes the MacAwleys (Irish: Mac Amhlaoibh) a branch of the Maguires. The name Amhlaoibh is derived from the Norse name Olaf, which became popular in a number of Gaelic families.[1][3]

Amblaoibh Mag Uidhir when he died in 1306 is noted as being the taísech (chief) of the small sept or territory of Muintir Pheodacháin.[1] It was also spelt Clonawley and Scoticised to Glenawley during the plantation of Ulster.[4][5]

List of civil parishesEdit

Civil parishes within the barony of Clanawley, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Below is a list of civil parishes in Clanawley:[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Clanawley". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b PRONI Baronies of Northern Ireland
  3. ^ The Letters of John O'Donovan Archived 2010-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Gorton, John (1833). A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland. Chapman and Hall. p. 405. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  5. ^ Hill, George (2003). A Special Census of Northern Ireland, Pynnars Survey of Land Holders: Including Names and Locations of Protestants and Catholics Affected. Irish Roots Cafe. p. 475. ISBN 9780940134652. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  6. ^ "PRONI CIvil Parishes of County Fermanagh". Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2010.