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Sperrin Mountains, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Sliabh Speirín [sleeoo spereen] ‘mountain (range) of Speirín’.

Background

On the Derry/Tyrone borders, between Dungiven and Gortin

Ir. sliabh which usually refers to a single mountain can sometimes apply to a mountain range or upland area. The element Speirín (literally ‘little spur of rock’) in this case refers to an area abounding in such features. There is a hamlet named SPERRIN OR MOUNT HAMILTON in GlenellyValley, 15km east of PLUMBRIDGE [(aig) an Speirín 1930].

References

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
~Sliabh Síos1950JRSAI lxxx 185
~Sliabh Speirín1989GÉ 273
~Sliabh Speirín ""mountain (range) of Speirín""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 135
Sliabh Speirín2002PNP talk PMcK/Omagh DC
Barony
Keenaght/Tirkeeran
Parish
Banagher
Parish in 1851
Banagher
Townland
Aughlish/Finglen
Place name ID
3678
Place name type
M