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Dungannon Middle, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Dún Geanainn [doon ganin] ‘Geanann’s fort’.

Background

15.5km S of Cookstown

par: Drumglass bar: Dungannon Middle

According to legend Dungannon was named from Geanann son of Cathbadh the Druid who lived here in pagan times. The site of a medieval fortress of the O’Neills is marked by ruins of an 18th-century castle which stand on CASTLE HILL just north of MARKET SQUARE. Dungannon is mainly in the townland of DRUMCOO in the barony of DUNGANNON MIDDLE which is bounded on the north by DUNGANNON UPPER and on the south-west by DUNGANNON LOWER [(caislén)Dúingenainn 1505].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 63/64

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
airchindeach Arda Trea, MlBrig Ua Cionaodha [d.1127AFM ii 1026n
airchinnech Airde Trea1127AU (Mac Airt) 572
um ghéig nGabhra (verse) [?Gabhar Uladh]1444cLCABuidhe 72 iv l.36
Barony
Dungannon Middle
Parish
barony
Parish in 1851
barony
Townland
None
Place name ID
20926
Place name type
B