Inishargy Parish, County Down
perhaps Ir. Inis Mhic Cairrge ‘Mac Cairrge’s (hill-)island’
The earliest recorded reference to Inishargy (dating from 1204) is ‘the church of Ynchemackargi’ and this would suggest an Irish-language form resembling Inis Mhic Cairrgi ‘the (hill-)island of Mac Cairrge’ where Mac Cairrge (literally ‘son of stone, or rock’) would represent a personal name, rather than a surname of the medieval type. Personal names of this type were common in early Irish, although there does not appear to be any attested example of Mac Cairrge. The element inis ‘island’ which normally refers to an island surrounded by water can also signify ‘(hill-)island’, i.e. a hill surrounded by low-lying or boggy land and since the townland of Inishargy is not on the coast the latter interpretation is the more appropriate. The hill in question is the site of the ruins of the medieval parish church of Inishargy.
ReferencesHughes A. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 83
See townland of Inishargy for historical forms of this name.
Historical name form
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- Parish in 1851
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