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Six Mile Water, County Antrim


Ir. Abhainn na bhFiodh 'river of the woods'


Some references to the early hydronym Ollarba appear to apply to the Six Mile Water (Muhr 1996a).  Diarmuid Ó Murchadha has argued in an article published in Ainm 10 (2009) that the name consistently refers to this river, rather than to the Larne River (also called Inver River) as first suggested by William Reeves (EA 265-7).

Rises at Shane’s Hill, 8km SW of Larne. Flows into Lough Neagh a short distance W of Antrim town

The river is said to be named from a crossing point six Irish miles from Antrim, on the road to Carrickfergus. The Ir. name for the river is Abhainn na bhFiodh [owen na vyoo] ‘river of the woods’. An earlier Ir. name was Ollarbha [ullarwa], the meaning of which is obscure [Owen ne view or Six Mile Water 1605].


McKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 132;

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Owen-na-view, i.e. Abhainn na bh-feadh, ""river of the rushes"

1550cEA 269

Abhainn na bhFiodh

1989GÉ 271

Abhainn na bhFiodh "river of the woods"

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 132

Ollarbha "meaning obscure"

1999Dict. Ulst. PN 132
Owen Neview1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 49
Owen Neview1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 49
Owen ne view or Six Mile Water1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 49
Six Mile Water1605Inq. Ant. (DK) 43,44,46,47,49
Six-mile-water1605CPR Jas I 77ab
Six-mile-water1606CPR Jas I 94a
Oweneviewe1608CPR Jas I 121b
Six-mile-water1608CPR Jas I 121a,125a
Six-mile-water1614CPR Jas I 271a
Oweneview1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Owenneview1621CPR Jas I 501b
Owenview1621CPR Jas I 524a
Six-mile-water1621CPR Jas I 501b
le six myle water1621Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Jac.I $7
Six Mile Water1655cCiv. Surv. x $62b,$63a
Six Mile Water1655cCiv. Surv. x $64ab,$65a
Six Mile water1655cCiv. Surv. x $64a
Six mile water1657cHib. Reg. Massereene
Antrim Upper/Belfast Lower
Grange of Nilteen/Templepatrick/Ballynure/Ballycor
Parish in 1851
Grange of Nilteen/Templepatrick/Ballynure/Ballycor
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