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Corraleek, County Fermanagh

Origin

perhaps Ir. Cora Leice ‘weir of the flat rock’

Background

Corraleek is contiguous with Corragunt (Cora Dhúnta ‘closed weir’) on the east, and features a number of weirs on its western boundary with the townland of Knocknalear. As such, we should consider cora ‘weir’ for the first element. The anglicised component -leek typically represents leac ‘flagstone’ (c.f. Belleek from Béal Leice ‘mouth of the flagstone’) and therefore is most likely the qualifying element here appearing bare alongside cora ‘weir’, or introduced by the definite article following corr ‘round hill’. Note that leac is a feminine noun, and would appear with the na form of the article, Corr na Leice ‘round hill of the flagstone’. In the absence of any evidence of na,  we will tentatively propose Cora Leice as the most likely original form.

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~Cor a Lig ""round hill of the stone""1833J O'D (OSNB) B133 B67
""hill of the flagstone (leac)""1913Joyce iii 264
Barony
Clankelly
Parish
Clones
Parish in 1851
Clones
Townland
None
Place name ID
13200
Place name type
T