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Dungiven Parish, County Derry

Origin

Ir. Dún Geimhin [doon gevin] perhaps ‘fort of the hide or skin’.

Background

Village is 19km NW of Maghera

bar: Keenaght

The final element of the place-name may have something to do with cattle but its exact significance is obscure. The fort which gave name to Dungiven was near the ruins of the medieval Augustinian priory which occupies the site of an early monastery on the north bank of the Roe,a short distance south of the village. This portion of the valley of the Roe was formerly known in Ir. as Gleann Geimhin, anglicised Glengiven.The Ir. name for the village was Baile an Mhullaigh [bala an wullee] ‘town of the hilltop’[(o) Dún Geimin c.830].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 64

Additional Information

Historical name form

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Barony
Keenaght
Parish
Dungiven
Parish in 1851
Dungiven
Townland
None
Place name ID
870
Place name type
P