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Greaghnagore, County Fermanagh

Origin

Ir. Gréach na nGabhar ‘rough pasture land of the goats’

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 qualifying element is clearly gabhar ‘goat’, which is anglicised similarly in names such as Lemnagore (Leim na nGabhar ‘leap of the goats’) in Co. Armagh, Knocknagore (Cnoc na nGabhar ‘hill of the goats’) in Co. Down, and Altnagore (Ált na nGabhar ‘glen of the goats’) in Co. Tyrone.

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~Greuch na nGobhar ""Greagh of the goats""1833J O'D (OSNB) B134 B67
~Greach-na-ngabhar ""(mountain flat) of the goats""1913Joyce iii 389
Barony
Clankelly
Parish
Clones
Parish in 1851
Clones
Townland
None
Place name ID
19720
Place name type
T