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Aghadowey Parish, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Achadh Dubhthaigh [aghoo dooee] ‘Dubhthach’s field’.

Background

Village is 11km S of Coleraine

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Dubhthach (Stand. Ir. Dufach),which derives from dubh ‘black’, was a common forename in early Ireland and from it is formed the modern surname Ó Dufaigh ‘O’Duffy’. The present Church of Ireland church in the village appears to occupy the site of an early monastery and also of the medieval parish church. The name of the patron saint of the parish, i.e. Guaire is commemorated in SEYGORRY (Ir. Suí Guaire Guaire’s seat’), the name of a townland 1km to the south-west [Achad Dubthaig c.1170].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 1

Additional Information

Historical name form

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Barony
Coleraine
Parish
Aghadowey
Parish in 1851
Aghadowey
Townland
None
Place name ID
19381
Place name type
P