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Reskatirriff, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Riasc an Tairbh ‘marsh of the bull’

Background

The element riasc ‘marsh; bogland, moor’ is relatively common in Irish place-names. It also appears anglicised as ‘Risk’ as the name of townlands in Derry and Down. It also appears anglicised as ‘Reisk’ in Waterford and in Tipperary (logainm.ie). The second element of this place-name is likely tarbh 'bull'. The devoicing of the final consonant from [v] to [f] in the anglicised form is also observed in the parallel place name Cluain Tarbh (Clontarf) in Co. Dublin (logainm.ie) and in the place-name Lag an Tairbh 'hollow of the bull', also in the parish of Ballinderry. While the form Reskatirriff appears to have retained the definite article, it has been contracted to contain only the vowel component [a].

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Re[]keteriu1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Resketerine1614CPR Jas I 272a
(?)Reiskkilhurrrrres al Reskgillturrus1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jas. I
(?)Reiskillhurres alias Riskillturres1621CPR Jas I 536a
Resterife1655cCiv. Surv. iii 286
Rosketeriffe1657CHib. Reg. Dungannon Lr,
Reskitirve1664HMR Tyr. (1) 6
Reskatirbe1666HMR Tyr. (2) 236
Resketirriffe1666ASE 110
Reskatiriff1813Map Tyr. M&K (OSNB) NB 128;D55
Reaskateriff1827Grand Jury Pres. (OSNB) NB 128;D55
Reskateriff1829Grand Jury Pres. (OSNB) NB 128;D55
~Riasg a'' Tairbh - The Bull''s Morass1833cJ O'D (OSNB) NB 128;D55
~riasc a tairbh - the bull''s morass or quagmire1920cTNCT 44
~Riasc a Tairbh ""the bull''s morass/quagmire""1936TNCT 45
Riasc an Tairbh "" marsh of the bull""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 17
Barony
Dungannon Lower
Parish
Carnteel
Parish in 1851
Carnteel
Townland
None
Place name ID
20486
Place name type
T