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pdtempan
2010-07-28 12:21:52
A wolf by another name
Very interesting piece, Mark, and a good bit of sleuthing. Might be worth checking if you can find an entry for this name in the Ordnance Survey Name Book for Co. Laois (Queen's Co. at that time). Sometimes there's v. little on minor names (i.e. not townlands), but you never know. By the way, you mentioned mac ti/re as the Irish name for the wolf. This comes up in a couple of Kerry names: Eisc na Mac Ti/re ('ravine of the wolves') near Waterville, probably the big ravine immediately above Lough Iskanamacteery, and Céim an Mhic Ti/re / The Wolf's Step, name of the pass between Anascaul and An Baile Dubh, not marked on the Discovery, but shown on the 6" map as Wolfstep. Two other words (apparently older) for the wolf that occur in place-names are faol, e.g. Faoldroim / Feltrim, 'wolf-ridge', Co. Dublin, and bréach, e.g. Bréachmhaigh 'wolf-plain', a name that occurs in several places round Ireland, anglicised in different ways. You'll find them all at logainm.ie. I see one of them is anglicised as Breaghmore, Co. Offaly, also in Slieve Bloom. If the names can be taken at face value and aren't metaphorical, you could trace the presence of wolves in early Ireland by plotting the place-names. All the best, Paul


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