Churchtown is a translation of Baile an Teampuill, the former ecclesiastical name of the parish, and that in turn was in subsitiution for the older, non-ecclesiastical name of Bru Thuinne, ‘The Royal House of the Low Lands’. All three names are found together in an extract from the Patent Rolls of Henry VIII, quoted by Brady, vol. II, p.72: “1545, February 10. James Roche is presented to R Ballintemple als. Broghenny als. Churchtown”.
Since 1591 the old Irish name has been Anglicised Bruhenny, and has given rise to several absurd speculations. Bru or bragh, a large house or palace, is certain, and for the second term we have the ‘authority of O’Brien (Dictionary, p. 65) who identifies the place as ‘the marshy part of Orrery in County Cork’, making it equally certain that we have here the genitive of the common word Tonn, low-lying land, pasture land.Situated on the Awbeg River, Churchtown has been the home of horses and horse breeding for more than a century. It was in Clashganiff house that the famous horse breeder Vincent O’Brien was born.
Burton Park lies a short distance to the east of the village with its great castellated entrance about 100 metres from the village square. Burton House, originally owned by Sir Philip Perceval, became the seat of the Earls of Egmont in 1670. It was burnt by King James Troops in 1690 and rebuilt around 1792. The famous Gaelic poet, Seán Clárach MacDomhnaill (1692 – 1754) was born in Churchtown.
Churchtown has undergone a renaissance in recent years.
Churchtown has yet to be digitally surveyed on Historicgraves.com
Please find attached a link to the Website for Churchtown where you can find out all you need to know: www.churchtown.net.