The historical development of the stratigraphic nomenclature of the Llandovery of north Connemara is described. The lowest beds are red sandstones and interbedding keratophyre passing up into a complex sequence of grey, green and red clastics with shelly facies fossils. Above this are red and green mudstones and siltstones with rare graptolites. In the east these are overlain by coarse sandstones and conglomerates. The conglomerates are probably allochthonous. In the west this coarse facies is developed earlier and laterally interfingers with the shelly facies clastics and overlying mudstones. The sub-Wenlock unconformity reported by McKerrow and Campbell from this region is reinterpreted as an appearance of this interfingering.