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Naming the Land: Reflections on Co.Clare Place-Names by Michael Mac Mahon

         Early Place names
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         A Vanishing Heritage


The names of the land show the heart of a race;
They move on the tongue like the lilt of a song.
You say the name and I see the place-
Drumbo, Dungannon, Annalong.
Barony, townland, we cannot go wrong.
You say Armagh, and I see the hill
With the two tall spires or the square low tower…

John Hewitt, Ulster Names [1] (courtesy John Hewitt Estate).

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