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Glenwhirry Parish, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Gleann an Choire [glan a khurra] ‘glen of the cauldron/whirlpool’.

Background

(sometimes Glenwherry)

The glen is the upper valley of the Glenwhirry River which rises 9km W of Larne and joins the Main 5.5km S of Ballymena

bar: Antrim Lower

The final element of the place-name refers to a deep pool beneath a waterfall near the source of the river, in the townland of SKERRYWHIRRY (Ir. Sceir an Choire ‘rocky hill of the cauldron’). The lower portion of the GLENWHIRRY RIVER (Ir. Abhainn an Choire [owen a khurra] ‘river of the cauldron’) is known as the Kells Water. There is no trace or record of ecclesiastical remains in the parish, though a mutilated round cairn in the townland of Glenwhirry is known as BISHOP’S CAIRN [(Owen) Glancurry 1605].

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Sráith Fothar Faire2000NIPNP signage B''fast/PMcK
Barony
Antrim Lower
Parish
Glenwhirry
Parish in 1851
Glenwhirry
Townland
None
Place name ID
18922
Place name type
P