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Islandreagh, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. An tOileán Riabhach ‘the grey or streaked island’

Background

The name of the townland of Islandreagh is recorded as Islanereagh in 1669 and as Island Reagh in 1780 and the derivation of the place-name is clearly An tOileán Riabhach ‘the grey or streaked island’. As well as referring to an island in the sea or a lake, the element oiléan in Irish place-names can refer to an area of raised land in boggy terrain (Ó Mainnín 1989-90, 200) and in the case of this inland townland the latter is obviously the correct interpretation. The townland of Islandreagh is bordered on the west by the townland of Islandbane, the name of which is derived from Irish An tOileán Bán ‘the white island’.

References

Pat McKay

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Islanereagh1669HMR Ant. 129
Island Reagh1780Lendrick Map
~Oileán Riach ""grey island""1832cJ O'D (OSNB) A2
Barony
Antrim Upper
Parish
Grange of Nilteen
Parish in 1851
Grange of Nilteen
Townland
None
Place name ID
6195
Place name type
T