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Derrycoose, County Armagh

Origin

Ir. Doire Cuais ‘oakwood of the cave or hollow’

Background

The first element of this place-name is doire ‘oak-wood’ the most well-known example of which is the county name Derry. While the earliest OSNI 6” map (1832) only shows a small section of woodland (which is cleared by the second edition in 1846), the oakwood that is referenced in this name previously covered a large area as is indicated in the names of the contiguous townlands of Derrycorry, Derryhubbert East, Derryadd and Derrycor (OSNI).

The qualifying element in Derrycoose is cuas ‘cave’ or ‘hollow’ or ‘creek’ (logainm.ie) as identified in the form assigned to John O’Donovan and confirmed in NIPNP notes (Ó Máinnín, 1997).

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Derrycouse & Derrycree1629Inq. Ult. (Armagh) $5 Car. I
Derrycoosh1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) A154 50
Derrycoosh1830cLand agent (OSNB) A154 50
~Doire cuais ""oakwood of the cave""1835J O'D (OSNB) A154 50
Derrycoosh1835cOSM vol. 1 p. 79
Derrycoose1888Bassett's Arm. 319
~Doire-cuais ""[oak-wood] of the `cuas'' or cave""1913Joyce iii 294
Derrynoose [r. Derrycoose] ""Oak wood of the caves""2000Killyman Bk 6
Barony
Oneilland West
Parish
Loughgall
Parish in 1851
Loughgall
Townland
None
Place name ID
9946
Place name type
T