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Drumkeeragh, County Down

Origin

Ir. Droim Caorach ‘ridge of sheep’

Background

The obvious meaning for Drumkeeragh is Droim Caorach ‘ridge of sheep’.  Early spellings like Ballydrinkearaghe suggest Baile Droinn Caorach, dronn being another Irish word meaning ‘hump’or ‘ridge’.  Dronn is less frequent than droim in place-names, though one possible example is Mullaghdrin townland in Dromara.  The variant Drin- may have arisen as a misreading of Drim-, since Drim usually represents the local pronunciation of droim better than Drum.  Drumkeeragh is hill land, now covered with trees rather than sheep. The alias Ballyclynnagh (othw. Drinkeragh) in 1616 follows the lost Ballylaterim (CPR Jas. I 355b)

References

KM, 2009

Additional Information

Dromara parish in 1851 Census

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Druim Caorach ""ridge of the sheep""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E4

Druim Caorach `Hill Ridge of the Sheep''

1950cMooney 1950c 175
Ballyclynnagh otherwise Drinkeragh1616CPR Jas I 355b Kinelarty
Ballydrinkearaghe1617Inq. Ult. (Down) $108 Car. I
Balledrinkeragh1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $66 Car. I
Balledrinkeragh1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $66 Car. I
Ballydrinkearaghe1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $108 Car. I
Ballydrinkeragh1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $108 Car. I
Drumgeery1657cHib. Reg. Kinelarty
Drumgeery1657cHib. Reg. Kinelarty
Drinkiragh1659cCensus 1659 86
(?)Drumgreery1661BSD 61
(?)Drumreery1661BSD 61
Drumceery al. Drumgeery1666ASE 62 a 39
Drumgeere1672cHib. Del. Down
Drumgeere1672cHib. Del. Down
Drumkerra1717Deeds & Wills (Mooney) 175
Drumkeeragh1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E4/NB217
Barony
Kinelarty
Parish
Magherahamlet
Parish in 1851
Dromara
Townland
None
Place name ID
11671
Place name type
T