townland, island or archipelago
Gabhla
genitive: Ghabhla
validated name
(Irish)
Gola
(English)

Explanatory note

  • Gaeilge

    (the island of the) inlet, creek?
    (the island of the) forked place(s)?

    Ní cinnte cé acu ainmfhocal iolra nó cnuasainm is bunfhoirm don logainm seo, ná cé acu ‘góilín’ nó ‘ladhar’ an bhrí a bhí i gceist an chéad lá. ‘Ladhar’ an míniú de réir an traidisiúin, agus cruth an oileáin faoi thagairt.

  • English

    (the island of the) inlet, creek?
    (the island of the) forked place(s)?

    It is unclear whether the original form of this placename was a plural common noun or a collective noun. Nor is it clear whether the sense originally intended was ‘(forked) inlet, creek’ or ‘fork, forked place’. Tradition explains the name as ‘fork’, in reference to the shape of the island.

Centrepoint

55.0895, -8.36781latitude, longitude
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Properties

GGaeltacht
POThere is or was once a post office here

Archival records

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Historical references

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Féach Scáthlán 3
Nóta
1608
Goolagh & Imishenny
Analecta Hib. Leathanach: 3.172
1654
Galla
CS III Leathanach: 114
1776
Gola I
Mackenzie
1801
Gola
McCrea DG
1833
Gobhla 'forks'
OD:AL
1833
Gola
Rec. Name:AL
1834
Gola
DL

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