genitive: Ghallmhaí
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English foreigner; standing stone

Explanatory note

  • Gaeilge

    plain of standing stones
    1779 an tagairt is luaithe don ainm seo (‘Galway’ i ngníomhas talún); 'gallmhagh' an fhoirm Ghaeilge san Ainmleabhar (1840). Bheifí ag súil le fianaise éigin is luaithe ná an 18ú haois ar an ainm má tá bunús nádúrtha Gaeilge leis. B'fhéidir nach bhfuil anseo ach athúsáid fhoirm Bhéarla na Gaillimhe, pé acu cathair nó contae é

  • English

    plain of standing stones
    The earliest reference to this name is from the year 1779 (‘Galway’ in a land deed); 'gallmhagh' is the Irish form recorded in the Ordnance Survey Name Book (1840). One would expect to find some evidence predating the 18th century were the name to have its origin in the Irish language. Perhaps it is only a recycling of the English name of Gaillimh / Galway, referring to either city or county


52.6334, -8.94725latitude, longitude
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