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Greaghnagleragh, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Gréach na gCléireach ‘rough pasture land of the clergy’

Background

According to The Placenames Branch, the element gréach refers to ‘rough pasture land’, whereas Joyce (ii, 393) translates it as ‘a mountain flat, a level moory place’ akin to réidh ‘level place, clearing’. Its distribution as a place-name element is interesting, appearing predominantly in the vicinity of South Ulster, right along the Drumlin Belt. The second element is identified correctly in the previously proposed Gréach na gCléireach‘rough pasture land of the clergy’, although there does not appear to be any structure of ecclesiastical significance in the townland (OSNI). There is also a Meenagleragh (Mín na gCléireach ‘plain of the clergy’) in the parish of Devenish.

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Greaghnaglearagh1834OSM xiv 25,29
~Gréuch na g-Cléireach ""mountain pasture of the cl1834J O'D (OSNB) B130 B54
""(mountain-flat) of the clergy (cleireach)""1875Joyce ii 393
Barony
Clanawley
Parish
Cleenish
Parish in 1851
Cleenish
Townland
None
Place name ID
19625
Place name type
T