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pdtempan
2007-04-04 10:44:21
Turlough Hill - urban myth?
Can anybody with inside knowledge (such as ESB employees) help to answer a query about the origin of the name Turlough Hill in Co. Wicklow? It is not in dispute that the hill's original name is Tomaneena (see Liam Price's Place-names of Co. Wicklow) and that the name Turlough Hill only arose in the late 1960s with the construction of the pumping station. A year or two ago, I found the following information on a local website for Glendalough (www.glendalough.connect.ie): "Work began on Turlough Hill in 1968. Contrary to what the name suggests, it does not refer to the name of a surrounding hill. In fact the hydro-electric power station is named after the son of the engineer who designed it." However, recently a reliable source informed me that Turlough Hill was a humorous name given because the water was pumped up to the reservoir at night, and when the water was released to generate energy, it left the reservoir temporarily empty, hence turlach, 'dry lough'. Since the scheme is only around 40 years old, perhaps there is somebody out there who knows the engineer in question and whether he has a son named Turlough.
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