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Carrickmannan, County Down


Ir. Carraig Mhanainn ‘Manannán’s rock’


Carrickmannan is a huge townland of over 1000+ acres, with Carrickmannan Lough in the south. Dónall Mac Giolla Easpaig has made a study of all 'Mannan' place-names in Ireland, and found that many of them contain water features. Although Oileán Mhanainn, the Irish name for the Isle of Man, may be originally connected with a word that means ‘mountain’, in early Irish tradition it was the home of the Irish god of water, Manannán.  Legends still associate him with many parts of Ireland, including on the north coast the shifting sandbanks called the Tuns (Ir. tonna ‘waves’) at the mouth of the Foyle, and the dangerous underwater reef called Carrickmannon, Carraig Mhanannáin ‘Manannán's rock’, off Kinbane headland in the parish of Ramoan (Cel. Ulst. Tds). Máire MacNeill has collected some of the stories of these watery places (The Festival of Lughnasa, 164-8, 323, 550-1). Given Carrickmannan Lough, it is very likely that John O’Donovan’s interpretation of the name is correct and that the second element is Manann, a truncated form of Manannán.


KM, 2009

Additional Information

Historical name form

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Carraic Mhanainn

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) 36/56
Ballicarrickmana1605CPR Jas I 73a
Ballycarickmanan1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Balliecarrickemanan1612CPR Jas I 236a
Carrickmanan1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Carrickmaran al. Ballecarrickmanen1645Inq. Ult. (Down) $104 Car. I
Carrickmanan1659cCensus 1659 89
Carrickmannan1661BSD 128
Carrickmannon1810Wm. Map (OSNB) 36/56
Carrickmannon1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) 36/56
Castlereagh Upper
Parish in 1851
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