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Glynn, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. An Gleann [an glan] ‘the glen’.

Background

Village is 2.5km S of Larne

bar: Belfast Lower

An earlier name for Glynn was Gleann Fhinneachta [glan innaghta] ‘Finneacht’s glen’. Finneacht is an early female personal name, possibly the name of a saint. The glen referred to is the valley of the GLYNN RIVER which flows into Larne Lough adjacent to the village. The site of an early church, said to have been founded by St Patrick, may be marked by the remains of the medieval parish church (known as GLYNN OLD CHURCH) on the south bank of the GLYNN RIVER.            At an earlier period Glynn was regarded as marking the southern boundary of the kingdom of Dál Riada [Glend-indechta c.900].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 77

Additional Information

Historical name form

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Barony
Belfast Lower
Parish
Glynn
Parish in 1851
Glynn
Townland
None
Place name ID
16874
Place name type
T