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KnockaffertaghMountainCnoc Eachmarcaigh A name in Irish(prob. Ir. Cnoc Eachmarcaigh [PDT], 'hill of Eachmarcach')MayoCounty in Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock
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Eachmarcach is a personal name meaning 'horse-rider'. It is the origin of the surname Mac Eachmharcaigh, which can be anglicised Cafferkey or McCafferty and is a common surname in Mayo [De Bhulbh]. It would seem that this is the most likely origin of Knockaffertagh, though an Irish form for the name has not been found to support this. The t in Knockaffertagh is not a problem as the anglicisation McCafferty shows that such a pronunciation of Eachmarcach is possible. The hill is named Ummeraufferty on William Bald's map of Co. Mayo (1830), which appears to be a similar name with Ir. iomaire, 'ridge' as the first element instead of cnoc.
Knockaffertagh is the 515th highest place in Ireland. Knockaffertagh is the most easterly summit in the Nephin Begs area. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/417/
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