townland
Doire na hEilte Beag
genitive: Dhoire na hEilte Beag
(Irish)
Dernahelty Beg
(English)

Glossary

beag, big
English small
English (oak-)wood, grove, thicket

Centrepoint

54.0809, -7.85476 latitude, longitude
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Historical references

Nóta
Nóta
n/a
"Pinkman: Doire-na-heilte = Oakwood of the doe. Eilit, a hind, a doe and, figuratively, a tall ill-dressed woman. Doire is sometimes contracted to der in anglicized names. It is a very common word in the construction of place-names. About 1300 names begin with the word in one or other of its carious forms, and a very considerable number have it as a termination. If, as is likely, an oakwood once grew in those places, we have evidence of the great abundance of this tree in early times. The Brehon Code placed the ok among the ‘chieftain’ trees, and arranged a special fine for illegal interference with it. It was valued for its usefulness, for its noble size and appearance, and for its ‘meas’ or acorns. Its bark was much used in tanning. "
Nóta
1256
?Alt na hellte
(féach de hÓir, Bréifne 1970)
ARÉ
1625
?Derrynehelty
Inq. Leathanach: 158
1627
Derryneheltye
Inq. Leathanach: 161
1655
Derenahelty
DS
1659
Derinahily
Cen. Leathanach: 562
1660c
Derenehelty
BSD Leathanach: 10
1660c
Derrenahelty
BSD Leathanach: 18
1668
Derrynehilly
ASE Leathanach: 161:34
1685
Deranakelty
Hib. Del.
1817
Derrinahelt
Larkin (Li)
1830c
Derrinahiltha Beg
TAB Leathanach: (61:16/14) innéacs, 11
1836
Dernahettabeg
BS:AL
1836
Dernaheltabeg
Stacke, Capt.:AL
1836
Derrynakilty beg
HCSR:AL 
1836
Derenahelty
DS:AL
1836
Doire na heilte,
'oakwood of the doe'
OD:AL
1836
Dernahelty-beg
OD:AL

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