Magilligan Point, County Derry
Ir. Aird Mhic Giollagáin [ardge vick gillagine] ‘MacGilligan’s point’.
Flat coastal district adjoining the NE shore of Lough Foyle
Magilligan is named from the low, sandy MAGILLIGAN POINT at the entrance to Lough Foyle in the townland of LOWER DOAGHS. The parish of Magilligan goes by thealias name of TAMLAGHTARD and the ruins of the medieval parish church are adjacent to the modern Catholic church of St Aidan, in the townland of TAMLAGHT. The surname Mac Giollagáin ‘MacGilligan/Magilligan’ is indigenous to Co. Derry [Tamhloght Aird Mhic Giollagan c.1675].
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