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TievebulliaghHillposs. Taobh Builleach A name in Irish (Ir. Taobh (?)Builleach [NIPNP replies], 'beating/striking (mountain)side' or Taobh (?)Búilleach [NIPNP seminar], '(mountain)side of the clods/heavy ground')AntrimCounty, in Carn List, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock
Height:402mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 5Grid Reference: D19340 26821This summit has been logged as climbed by 43 members. Recently by: Wilderness, Ulsterpooka, hivisibility, jmcg, trostanite, JKelly, happymourneview, Fergalh, Peter Walker, dr_banuska, Garmin, muschi, sandman, Cweed101, AntrimRambler I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
The first element of this name is clearly Ir. taobh, 'side'. The second element appears to be an adjective meaning 'beating' or 'striking', although this structure is slightly unusual. This name would be very apt as Tievebulliagh is the site of a Neolithic axe factory. Axes were made from a rare stone called porcellanite which outcrops only here on Tievebulliagh and at Brockley on Rathlin Island. They were an important item of exchange and were exported all over Ireland. Many also reached Britain by trade. For origin of name, see The Archaeology of Ulster by Mallory and McNeill, pp. 44-6. However, whether knowledge of the purpose of the axe factory continued in local folklore from the Neolithic to the modern day is open to some doubt. It is possible that the second word may rather be Ir. búilleach, 'heavy, soggy ground; clods' in the genitive plural, giving an alternative interpretation: '(mountain)side of the clods/heavy ground'.
Tievebulliagh is the 930th highest summit in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/819/