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Aghinure, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Achadh an Iúir ‘field of the yew’

Background

Aghinure is situated approximately a mile and a half south-west of Maguiresbridge.

In the 1680 form the name of the townland is mistakenly written as Aghamore, probably through confusion with the name of the townland of Aghamore North which lies a short distance to the south-west.  The association of Aghinure with Drummack in the early forms reflects the fact that the townlands share a boundary.

The derivation of the place-name is clearly Achadh an Iúir “field of the yew”, as previously suggested.  A Fermanagh connection with the Irish variety of yew tree is revealed in an entry in Ó Dónaill’s dictionary which cites Iúr Éireannach as signifying “Irish, Florence Court, yew” (Ó Dónaill sv. iúr).

Achadh an Iúir, “field of the yew” is also the Irish name of the town of Virginia in Co. Cavan (3).


References

(info. from McKay, P. (2004): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 8 p. 15)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Achinure (tate, claimed by R Netterville)1662cCourt of Claims $412
Aghanure, Drumack and1675ASE 231 b 41
(?)Aghamore1680BSD (Ó Maolagáin) 532
Aghanure1817GJM M'stephana (OSNB) B113
Aghanure1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) B113
~Achadh an iubhair ""field of the yew""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) B113
Aghinure1862Griffith's Val.
Barony
Magherastephana
Parish
Aghalurcher
Parish in 1851
Aghalurcher
Townland
None
Place name ID
13256
Place name type
T