Aghadowey Parish, County Derry
Ir. Achadh Dubhthaigh [aghoo dooee] ‘Dubhthach’s field’.
Village is 11km S of Coleraine
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].
ReferencesMcKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 1
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- Parish in 1851
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