Ringmackilroy, County Down
Ir. Rinn Mhic Giolla Ruaidh ‘McIlroy’s point’
The name of the townland of Ringmackilroy is clearly derived from Rinn Mhic Giolla Ruaidh ‘MacIlroy’s point’. Rinn is a common element in the place-names of Co. Down. It occurs initially in ten townland names, three of which are in the parish of Donaghmore outside Newry. The surname MacIlroy can be of local or Scottish origin (Bell 1988, 165-6). Woulfe states that it was common in Cos Down, Cavan, Roscommon and Offaly in the 16th century, although our Ringmackilroy first appears in the records in the middle of the 17th century. The surname is particularly associated with Co. Fermanagh where the name is preserved in the townland of Ballymackilroy in the parish of Aghalurcher (Woulfe 1923, 379). There is also a Ballymackilroy in Errigal Keerogue in Tyrone and a Ballymacilroy in Drummaul, Co. Antrim (Census 1871). It seems that Portyneile (1) was an earlier name for this townland. It appears to derive from the Irish Port Uí Néill ‘O'Neill's port’, or possibly even Port an Aoil ‘port of the limestone’.
It has been suggested by both Mooney (1950, p. 53) and Laoide (Sgéalaidhe Óirghiall 152) that Rinn Mhic Giolla Ruaidh, anglicized Ringmackilroy, is the old Irish name for Warrenpoint. This is because the Irish element rinn ‘a point’ clearly refers to the same topographical feature as -point in Warrenpoint. The modern urban district is virtually co-extensive with the townland of Ringmackilroy but Warrenpoint was never referred to as Rinn Mhic Giolla Ruaidh by the last generations of Irish speakers in the area. O’Donovan recorded the form Pointe an Bháirínigh ‘Warren’s Point’ from Oyne McStay in 1834 whereas Irish speakers in Omeath at the beginning of the century simply referred to it as An Púinte or An Pointe and An Pointe is the official Irish name of the town.
ReferencesÓ Mainnín, M. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. I p. 165
Note that the parish was named Warrenspoint in the 1851 Census, and later renamed Warrenpoint.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
Rinn mhic Ghilruaidhe
|1834c||OSNB: gen. sources E42 no. 100|
Rinn mhic Giolla ruaidh ""MacGilroy''s point""
|1834c||OSNB Inf. E42 no. 100|
Rinn Mhic Giolla Ruaidh
Rinn Mhic Ghiolla Ruaidh `MacIlroy''s point''
|1950c||Mooney 1950c 53|
Rinn Mhic Giolla Rua ""MacElroy''s point or peninsula"
|1999||Dict. Ulst. PN 145|
poss. Port Uí Néill ""O''Neill''s Port""
|2004||HMC replies HMCmar04|
poss. Port an Aoil ""port of the lime""
|2004||HMC replies HMCmar04|
|Portyneile||1570||CSP Ire. 435|
|Portynele||1570||Fiants Eliz. $1609|
|Ballyportineale||1609||CPR Jas I 395b|
|Ballyport-Ineale||1612||CPR Jas I 235a|
|Ballyporteinele||1629||Inq. Ult. (Down) $13 Car. I|
|Ballyporteneale||1639||Inq. Ult. (Down) $85 Car. I|
|Roungelleroe||1657c||Hib. Reg. Up. Iveagh|
|Ring McIlroy||1659c||Census 1659 74|
|Ringleroge||1663||Sub. Roll Down 276|
|Ringleroy||1666||ASE 107 b 9|
|Rougelliroe||1672c||Hib. Del. Down|
|Ringleroy||1677||DS (Mooney) 53|
|Ringmackilroy||1800||Map Hall Estates fol. 33|
|Ringmacilroy||1810||Wm. Map (OSNB) E42 no. 100|
|Ringmacelroy||1829||Reg. Free. (OSNB) E42 no. 100|
|Ringmackilroy||1830||Reg. Free. (OSNB) E42 no. 100|
|Ringmacleroy||1830c||Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) E42 no. 100|
|Ringmackilroy||1834c||J O'D (OSNB) E42 no. 100|
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