Trusklieve 175m hill, Donegal NW Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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TrusklieveHillTroscshliabh A name in Irish Ir. Troiscshliabh [logainm.ie], poss. 'barren/rocky mountain’ [PDT]DonegalCounty in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Biotite granite, medium-coarse Bedrock
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There is a small but widespread group of place-names containing the element trosc in the counties along the western and northern coasts of Ireland. Truskmore in Co. Sligo is probably the best-known example. P.W. Joyce explained these with the word trosc meaning ‘cod’ (fish), either from a fancied resemblance of the hill’s profile to the shape of a cod, or from the prevalence of cod in the nearby seas. However, neither of these explanations stand up to scrutiny. The fifteen different hills and townlands involved present a variety of quite different shapes, such as cones or flattened piles, which seems to rule out a resemblance to a fish. Some examples are 15km or more inland, making an illusion to rich fishing grounds unlikely. It seems more likely that trosc is simply an ancient Irish word for a hill which is steep and/or rocky, a word which now only survives in this group of place-names. It is also possible that the word denotes unproductive land which is poor, even for sheep grazing. It may well consist of tor, ‘rock’, metathesised to tro- and combined with the suffix -sc.Troiscshliabh / Trusklieve is quite rocky in parts and the land is rough pasture. This specific name is also unusual for its structure. It is a compound of noun + noun, a structure which is rare and ancient. Dónall Mac Giolla Easpaig has argued that it fell out of use by 400 AD (Études Celtiques 18, 1981). If so, this name is over 1,500 years old. It can be compared with another Trusklieve / Troiscshliabh in par. Kilballyowen, Co. Clare.
Troscshliabh is the 1429th highest place in Ireland. Troscshliabh is the most southerly summit in the Donegal NW area. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1322/