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Cushendall, County Antrim


Ir. Bun Abhann Dalla [bun owen dala] ‘foot of the river Dall’.


On E Antrim coast, 5km S of Cushendun

par: Layd bar: Glenarm Lower

The modern anglicised form of the place-name is from the alternative Ir. name Cois Abhann Dalla [cush owen dala] which also signifies ‘foot of the river Dall’. The DALL, which flows into the sea here, is formed by the convergence of the GLENAAN RIVER with the BALLYEMON RIVER, 1km to the west. The name Dall appears to mean ‘dark one’ [Bun an Dalla c.1854].


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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Cort McMartin1657cHib. Reg. Glenarm
(?)Feig1659cCensus 1659 5
Court McMartin1659cCensus 1659 5
Cessendall1669ASE 169b
(?)Marty1672cHib. Del. Antrim
Clousendall1687cO'Laverty iv 539
?Clonsendall1703Forfeit. Estates 376a
Cushindall1780Lendrick Map
Newtownglens1780Lendrick Map
Cushendall1816Shaw Mason's Par. Sur.
""the foot of the two rivers""1832OSNB: gen. sources B23
Court McMartin1832OSM xiii 41
Cush ""foot"" of the Dall1832OSM xiii 38
Toberdoney ""the Lord''s well""1832OSM xiii 41
a corruption of Bunindalla or Bun-an-daaa [sic] ""t1832OSM xiii 38
~Cois an Daill ""foot of the river Dall""1832J O'D (OSNB) B92
~Cort-Mhac-Mhartan ""Martin''s son''s court""1832OSM xiii 41
~A mBun an Dalla1854cMeath (McDonnell) 37
~Bun an Dalla1854cMeath (McDonnell) 42
Cois-abhann-Dhalla ""the foot or termination of the1869Joyce i 527
Bun an Dalla; Bunandalla; a mB.; as B.1925cAntrim Notebooks 108
/b?n ?n d??l/1940Holmer, N.M. 1940
Bun an Dál1940Holmer, N.M. 1940
~Bun Abhann Dalla1989GÉ 212
~Bun Abhann Dalla1989GÉ 212
Bun Abhann Dalla ""bottom of the river Dall""1996NIPNP signage FMacG/KMcG
Bun Abhann Dalla ""end of the river Dall""1997NIPNP replies FMacG/AC
~Bun Abhann Dalla ""foot of the river Dall""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 53
Glenarm Lower
Parish in 1851
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