Title: Ulster Place-Name Society

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Groups and Signage

1st Heat Winner 

Carrickmannon Primary School, Ballygowan, Newtownards, Co Down


Carraig Mhanannáin “Manannán’s rock”

Townland, Parish of Killinchy, Co. Down J 4461.

Although the name has been shortened it is likely to mean “Manannán’s rock”, referring to the Irish god of water.  There is a lake in the townland, which was probably feared as a likely route to Manannán’s kingdom – a legend attached to various places around Ireland.  Spelled Ballicarickmanan “townland of Carrickmannan” in 1605.  The Ordnance Survey spell this townland with a but there is another place called Carrickmannon in Co. Antrim.


2nd Heat Winner

St Mary’s Primary School Altinure, Park, Claudy, Co. Derry.

Joint Entry:- Kevin Johnston, Lisa, Grace Devine, Emer Conway, Jennifer McCloskey and many others.


Allt an Iúir “glen of the yew tree”,

Upper & Lower Townlands, Parish of Learmount, Co. Tyrone.  C 5902/3

Allt an Iúir means  “glen of the yew tree”, spelled Altenure in 1613. There is a another townland of the same name in Co. Cavan.


Ladhar “high ground between glens or streams”

Townland, Parish of Learmont, Co. Tyrone. H 5799

The word Ladhar often used for the “(spaces between) fingers and toes” (Dinneen), but means in place-names “a fork formed by streams and glens” Joyce, and “high ground between converging glens or streams”, Placename Office, Dublin. It was spelled Loyer in 1613.  The Ordnance Survey Namebooks explain the parish name Lear-mont as “given by Sir William Montgomery when he built a shooting lodge”.


Signage Winner

Brian O’Prey,

Newtonards, Co. Down

(Designer :- email brianlionzion@hotmail.com)


Maigh Bhile “plain of the notable tree”.

Townland, Parish of Newtownards, Co. Down. J 5074

Movilla means “plain of the notable tree”. It is referred to very early, in both Latin and Irish, as the name of a monastery founded by St Finian: bishop of Moige Bile AD 580, of Campi Bili AD 603. Mighty trees were held in awe in pagan Ireland, a custom maintained in Christian times through reverence for the trees of Eden and Christ’s cross.