Place names explained

The purpose of this section is to explain commonly used terms for various locations around Calry.  For an explanation of townland names, please visit the Townlands Database at this link:


Annagh meaning “boggy” land was the old name for Hazelwood. Back in the 1600s, Annagh was used as an alternative name for Calry. Annagh bay is a scenic bay in Lough Gill near the start of the scenic trail leading to Hazelwood House.

Blackmud Hill

The Blackmud Hill started at the old borough boundary mark at Melvin’s corner and ran upwards to the start of the Goldrappers.

Bracken’s Brae

Bracken’s Brae started at the entrance to the Deerpark and ran upwards past Bracken’s house on the left side heading in the direction of Sligo town.

Butler’s Lane

Butler’s Lane runs south from the Lower Road near Hazelwood Cottages (who was Butler?)

Cambo Line

The Cambo Line is an U-shaped road that starts on the lower road about 1 km east of the Hazelwood crossroads and runs north for about half a km before veering right and running parallel towards Lough Colga for about 2kms. A short lane links back down to the Hazelwood road just beyond Hazelwood Cottages.

Clogher Lane

Clogher Lane is a cul-de-sac leading down to Clogher graveyard from the upper road. It can also be used as a shortcut to reach the lower road by foot.


Cruckmore is a corrupted version of Cnóc Mór (Big Hill) and the hill overlooks Lough Colga on the northern side. 

Faughts Lane

Faughts Lane links the upper road with the Gostia road.  During the 1960s it was a gravel road but was tarred in the mid-1960s, probably in 1965.

Fawcett’s Bridge

Fawcett’s Bridge is located on the Carncash road less than a 100m from Doonally Bridge.

The Carncash road joins the Bundoran road at Elliott’s Corner.  The Fawcett family lived in the area (where?)

Fox’s Hill

This hill is located near the old Calry national school (need better description)


The Wynne estate employed many labourers to work on the farm and service the daily running of the estate.  A number of semi-detached cottages were built on the left side of the road from the top of the Blackmud Hill up to the top of Ballyglass hill. Six were built alongside the road and two more were recessed back around 200m up a short land at the top of the Blackmud Hill. Only two survive.  The doors had brass knockers which looked golden in colour and hence the houses were called the Goldrappers as was the stretch of road on which they were located.

Each of these two-storey houses had the same design – the pitched roof was asymmetrical with a sort front section and a longer back section.  The houses were quite small and often large families were reared in them. There were two bedrooms upstairs and the back room did not have much headroom due to the low angle of the roof. Downstairs, there was a living room and a small kitchen at the back. The toilet was out the back.

During the 1950/60s the following families occupied the goldwrappers:








The latter house was recessed about 100m from the main road.

Two other houses in Calry followed a similar design – Kerrs in Formoyle and Regans at Bracken’s Brae. The latter was used by the gamekeeper for the Deerpark, Mr Bracken.


The Gostia is the L3407 road running from Doonally Bridge up past the Alzheimer Centre and St Patrick’s NS, eventually joining the Calry upper road.  A river with the same name runs parallel to the road for most of its length.  The origin of the name is unknown. The river is mentioned in the opening lines of a poem by Michael A Hargadon entitled A Dream of Ballinorley:

“I gaze where Ballinorley lies adream

Along by Gostia’s lazy little stream;”

Long Lane

The Long Lane marks the start of the Fermoyle road, branching off from the Gostia near the water trough, and running north.

Lower Road

The lower road is the road leading from Sligo to Dromahair. It starts at the junction near Mulberry Park.


The Paddock is the field at the junction of the upper road with the Lough Anelton Rd. adjacent to the Deerpark and used as a playing field for various sports.

Pond Field

The Pond Field is the flat field at the front section of the Deerpark at the foot of Bracken’s Bray. In wintertime it tends to flood.  The field was often used as a playing field for football.


The Pound was located at the intersection of the Keelogyboy road with the upper road close to the former location of Calry NS. The pound was an enclosure for stray animals until such time as they were reclaimed by paying a fee.  A forge was located at The Pound. A woman lived there called “Kitty of the Pound”

Shaw’s Avenue

Shaw’s avenue links the upper road with the lower road. The first gatehouse located on the upper road was the entrance to the Wynne estate and Hazelwood House.  A second gatehouse was located on the lower road.

Two-mile Hill

The two-mile hill which traverses the townland of Ballyglass is exactly 2 miles from Sligo town and is marked by a stone embedded in the wall close to the top of the hill on the left side heading in the direction of Manorhamilton. [photo]

Upper Road

The upper road is the minor road leading from Sligo to Manorhamilton past Calry Chapel and the Marian Hall. It starts at the junction near Mulberry Park.


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