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SpelhoaghMountainSpeilg Chuach A name in Irish, also Oughtmore East Top an extra name in Englishprob. Ir. Speilg Chuach [PDT], ‘rock or haunt of cuckoos’Derry/ TyroneCounty in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin Beg List, Psammite & semipelite Bedrock
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This has been interpreted as Spéal Chuach, ‘scythe of cuckoos’ by John O’Donovan (OSNB) and ‘scythe of the bowl’ by Gregory Toner (PNNI 5). While spéal could theoretically denote a curved hill-slope, I know of no certain instance of this element in place-names. The first element is more likely to be speilg, a northern variant of sceilg, ‘rock, crag’. As this is a borrowing of Latin spelunca, which means ‘cave, den, lair’, it is not surprising to see it connected with the name of an animal, cf. Speilg an Fhiagh / Spellickanee / The Raven’s Rock in Co. Louth.
Spelhoagh is the 368th highest place in Ireland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1422/