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Derrykeeghan, County Fermanagh

Origin

perhaps Ir. Doire Chaochain ‘blindman’s oak wood’ or Ir. Doire Chaocháin ‘Caochán’s oak-wood’

Background

The first element of this place-name is doire ‘oak-wood’ the most well-known example of which is the county name Derry.  As seen in previous proposals, possible qualifying elements here include caochan ‘purblind creature’ or ‘mole’, which is interpreted in the OSNB form as blindman. We might also consider a personal name such as Caochán which appears in Joyce’s form and in Cloonkeeghan in Mayo and Clonkeehan in Louth, both of which derive from Cluain Caocháin ‘Caochán’s lawn’ (logainm.ie).

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Direkighan (Enniskeane)1659Census 1659 109
Derrykeeghan1749Reg. Free. Fer. 9
~Doire Chaochain ""the Blindman''s oak wood""1834OSNB Inf. B71
Derrykeeghan corn mill1834cOSM xiv 92
~Doire-Caocháin ""Keeghan''s derry""1913Joyce iii 298
Barony
Tirkennedy
Parish
Enniskillen
Parish in 1851
Enniskillen
Townland
None
Place name ID
8178
Place name type
T