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Polfore, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. An Poll Fuar ‘the cold hole or hollow’

Background

In place-names, the element poll ‘hole’ is usually interpreted as ‘pit’ or ‘hollow’ (Dinneen).

 

While fuar 'cold' is possible for the qualifying element, we might also suggest fobhar 'well, spring' which appears in Ballyfore ( Baile Fobhair ‘townland of the well/spring’), Co. Antrim. There are a number of springs in the vicinity of the townland.

References

PMcK, FK (2020)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Polfore (Mr Hamilton)1835cRes. Gent. (OSNB)
Pulfore (Mr Wilson)1835cOSNB Inf.
~Poll Fuar ""Cold Hole or Pit""1835cJ O'D (OSNB)
Pulfore td,201a,Pierce Hamilton1836OSM v 99
Cold Hole1869Joyce i 436
~Poll Fuar: Cold Pit or Hole1920cTNCT 48
~Poll Fuar: the Cold Hollow1977Ó Gallachair, P. 1977 277
Barony
Omagh East
Parish
Dromore
Parish in 1851
Dromore
Townland
None
Place name ID
8510
Place name type
T