townland
Carraig Chaonaigh
genitive: Charraig Chaonaigh
non-validated name
(Irish)
Carrickeeny
(English)

Glossary

English rock

Explanatory note

Centrepoint

54.3329, -8.28329 latitude, longitude
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Historical references

ˌkarəˈkiːniː
Áit.
ˌkɑrɪˈkiːniː
Áit.
Nóta
Nóta
n/a
"Pinkman Carraig-aonaigh = Rock of the assembly. An assembly of the people for any purpose was called an Aonach. Afterwards the word came to be applied to a “Fair” or a sale of animals. I think the primary meaning of the word is the one that suits here, though it may be, as Joyce translates it, rock of the fair. The Down Survey writes this name Carrickgeny, which might appear to point to Carraig-Caonaigh, rock of the moss. An old local commentary on the name is “a rock remarkable for having moss on it.” Still O’Donovan makes the name Carraig-Aonaigh, and he appears to have been guided by some local authority. Further, on a Royal Commission Report on Co. Leitrim in 1821-1825, the name is written Carrickeene. "
Nóta
"Arch. Inventory: Rath. On a S-facing plateau (65). Cashel. On a rise called Donn Barnagh at the S edge of the Dartry plateau overlooking the floor of Glencar valley (65). Rath. On the S-facing slope of a steep-sided hill (65). Rath. Towards the bottom of a S-facing slope (65). Earthwork. On the summit of an E-W ridge of rock outcrop (163). Mass-rock (site). ‘Teampul Shetric.’ At the head of a small N-S valley on a gentle S-facing mountain slope. A rectangular blocked-up swallow-hole was traditionally used to celebrate Mass, although there is no evidence of a mass-rock and it may have been celebrated in a cave (197). "
Nóta
1622
Carrickeeney
CPR Leathanach: 536b
1660c
Carrickgeeny
BSD Leathanach: 35
1667
Carrrickeene
ASE Leathanach: 142:11
1685
Carickgeny
Hib. Del.
1817
Carrickeiny
Larkin
1835?
Carrickeeny
TAB Leathanach: Innéacs, 13 (59:16/2
1836
Carrickeeny
BS:AL
1836
Carrickeiny
Larkin (Li)
1836
Carraig a chaoinigh
'a rock remarkable for having moss on it'
Orme, M.:AL
1836
Carrickkeiny
Cullen, D.:AL
1836
Carrickeeny
Parke, Lieut. Col.:AL
1836
Carickgeeny
DS:AL
1836
Carraic caonnaigh, aonaigh
pl:AL
1836
Carraic Aonaigh
'rock of the fair'
OD:AL
1836
Carrickeeny
OD (corr.):AL

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