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Aided Diarmada meic Fergusa Cerrbeoil

Place and tribal names

Google Map of Places in text

(Onom. = Onomasticon Goedelicum)
(FM. = Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters, ed. O’Donovan)
(Fy. = The Genealogies, Tribes and Customs of Hy-Fiachrach, ed. O’Donovan)
(Im. = The Tribes and Customs of Hy-Many, ed. O’Donovan)
(Mr. = Battle of Magh Rath, ed. O’Donovan)
(Tp. = Topographical Poems, ed. O’Donovan)
(Ra. = Reeves’ Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Down, Connor and Dromore)
(Au. = Annals of Ulster, ed. Hennessy/MacCarthy)

In addition to the above online sources, identification of the placenames below is based on the Fascicles of the following publication, where available:

HDGP = Historical dictionary of Gaelic placenames (Ó Riain et al.)

The placenames marked with a star (*) below have been identified and appear in the Google Map above.

*Ailech = Grianán Ailich, Aileach, near Burt, barony of Inishowen West (Map), Co. Donegal, 6 miles North-West of the city of Derry, Co. Derry (FM. ii p. 968, note s) (HDGP i p. 31, s.n. Aileach (See Oileach)) (Onom. ‘ailech’, ‘g. ailich’) ), §22

*Aiss, between the river Torand and Foidne; perhaps = Ard Aise: near Sliabh Fuaid, perhaps Mullyash Mountain, parish of Muckno, barony of Cremorne (Map) Co. Monaghan (HDGP i p. 48, s.n. Ais, p. 77, s.n. Ard Aise) (Onom. ‘aiss’), §21

Alba, from the 9th Century, the Gaelic kingdom in Scotland, later the whole of Scotland (HDGP i p. 50, s.n. Alba (1)) (Onom. ‘alba’), §§8, 10

*Áth Ferna (2), probably on the stream in Aghafarnan, parish of Enniskeen, barony of Kells Lower (Map), Co. Meath (FM. ii p. 820, note f) (HDGP i p. 131, s.n. Áth Fearna) (Onom. ‘á. ferna’), §3

*Birra, Birr or Parsonstown, ecclesiastical site and town, parish of Birr, barony of Ballybritt (Map), Co. Offaly (HDGP ii p. 148, s.n. Biorra / Biorar) (FM. i p. 190, note m) (Onom. ‘birra’), §12

*Bóand, the River Boyne (FM. i p. 91, A.M. 5160) (HDGP ii p. 155, s.n. Bóinn (Bóann), an) (Onom. ‘bóand’), §21

*Bóirenn, perhaps Burren, parish of Clonallan, barony of Iveagh Upper, Upper Half (Map), Co. Down (FM. ii p. 204, note y) (HDGP ii p. 160, s.n. Boireann (2)) (Onom. ‘bóirenn’), §21

Bretain, Britons and their territory (HDGP ii p. 182, s.n. Breatain, (an)) (Onom. ‘bretain’), §10

*Bruiden Dá Choca, “The Breen”, fort in the townlands, Bryanmore Lower and Bryanmore Upper, parish of Drumraney, barony of Kilkenny West (Map), Co. Westmeath (FM. iv p. 822, note p) (HDGP ii p. 209, s.n. Bruidhean Da Choga) (Onom. ‘b. dá choca’), §7

*Callann, the Callan River, a tributary of the River Blackwater, Co. Armagh (FM. i p. 43, note z) (HDGP iii p. 38, s.n. Callann (1)) (Onom. ‘callann’), §21

Carn Dreimne, between Foibrech and the river Dollad (Onom. ‘c. dreimne’), §21

Ceiti, at Clonmacnoise (Onom. ‘ceiti’), §31

Cenél Conaill, (Cenél Conaill), (Map – Cenél Conaill), descendants of Conall Gulban, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages; equivalent to diocese of Raphoe (Map), i.e. most of Tyrconnell (Tír Chonaill), Co. Donegal (Fy. p. 73, note a) (HDGP iv p. 109, s.n. Ceinéal Conaill) (Onom. ‘cenel conaill’, ‘c. conaill’, ‘t. conaill’), §19

Claenferte, at Clonmacnoise (HDGP v p. 60, s.n. Claoinfhearta, an (2)) (Onom. ‘claenferte’), §31

Clann Colmáin, (Clan Colmain), (Map – Clan Cholmain), descendants of Colmán, son of Diarmait mac Cerbaill; the dominant branch of the Southern Uí Néill in the ancient territory of Midhe, originally centred around Uisnech (FM. iv p. 1063 (417), note z) (HDGP v p. 16, s.n. Clann Cholmáin) (Onom. ‘c. colmáin’), §7

*Cluain maccu Nois, Clonmacnoise, ecclesiastical site and townland, barony of Garrycastle (Map), Co. Offaly (FM. i pp. 185-186, note r) (HDGP v p. 133, s.n. Cluain Mac Nóis) (Onom. ‘c. maccu nois’), §§1, 6, 31

Cluain = Cluain maccu Nois, §6

Cnoc Bracáin, see Tulach na Comnaide (HDGP v p. 168, s.n. Cnoc Bracáin) (Onom. ‘c. bracáin’), §4

Conaille Muirthemne, (Conaille Muirtheimhne), (Map – Conaille Muirthemne), this extended from Drogheda to Dundalk and Carlingford, Co. Louth; a people in Muirthemne, Co. Louth and Fearnmhagh, Co. Monaghan (FM. i p. 10, note u) (HDGP vi p. 38, s.n. Conaille) (Onom. ‘conaille muirthemne’), §3

Connachta, the territory west of the River Shannon (HDGP vi p. 48, s.n. Connachta) (Onom. ‘connachta’), §§9, 10, 19, 25

*Cúl Dremne, probably the townlands of Cooldrumman Lower and Cooldrumman Upper, parish of Drumcliff, barony of Carbury (Map) (FM. i p. 192, note r) (HDGP vi p. 166, s.n. Cúil Dreimhne) (Onom. ‘c. dremne’), §§19, 20

Cúl Dreimféne = Cúl Dremne (Onom. ‘c. dreimféne’), §20

*Cúl Sibrinne = Cúl Silinne = Cell Cúile Sílinne, ecclesiastical site in the townland of Kilcooley, parish of Kilcooley, barony of Roscommon (Map), Co. Roscommon (FM. i p. 85, note l) (HDGP vi p. 174, s.n. Cúil Shilinne) (Onom. ‘c. sibrinne’, ‘c. silinne’, ‘c. cúile sílinne’), §19

Daibline, a river between the river Daboll and the Callan River (Onom. ‘daibline’), §21

Daboll, a river between the rivers Dollad and Daibline (Onom. ‘daboll’), §21

Dál n-Araide, (Dál n-Araidhe), (Map – Dál nAraide), South Co. Antrim and North Co. Down (Ra. pp. 334-348) (Onom. ‘d. n-araide’), §8

Déise, the Decies (FM. i p. 115, note n) (Onom. ‘déise’), §21

Dollad, between Carn Dreimne and the river Daboll (Onom. ‘dollad’), §21

Druim Tibrat = Cluain maccu Nois (Onom. ‘d. tibrat’), §1

Ecclas Bec, St. Kieran’s church at Cluain maccu Nois (Onom. ‘e. becc’), §§3, 31

Ériu, Ireland (Onom. ‘ériu’), §§10, 25

Eoghanacht Caisil, (Eóghanachta), (Map – Eóganacht Caisel), located in Mag Feimin, (Mag Femin), a plain South of Cashel, comprising the barony of Iffa and Offa East (Map), Co. Tipperary (Tp. p. lxii (276), note 523) (Onom. ‘e. caisil’), §7

Foidne, between the Callan River and Loch Dofomona (Onom. ‘foidne’), §21

Foibrech, between Sadbrann and Carn Dreimne (Onom. ‘foibrech’), §21

Grellach Eillte, South-East of Ross Ech; West of Crossakeel, in the barony of Kells Upper (Map), 6 miles due West of Kells, Co. Meath (Au. i p. 429, A.D. 913 (alias 914)) (FM. ii pp. 580-581, note k) Onom. ‘g. eillte’, ‘crosa coil’), §3

Laigin, Leinster (Onom. ‘laigin’), §25

Leca mic Maine, between the River Boyne and Sadb (Onom. ‘l. mic maine’), §21

Loch Dofomona, not identified (Onom. ‘l. dofomona’), §21

*Loch Rí, Lough Ree on the River Shannon (FM. i p. 345, note m) (Onom. ‘l. rí’), §1

*Loch Semdidi, Lough Sewdy, a lake in the parish of Ballymore, barony of Rathconrath (Map), Co. Westmeath (FM. i p. 226, note f) (Onom. ‘l. semdidi’), §7

*Lothra, Lorrha, a townland and parish in the barony of Ormond Lower (Map), Co. Tipperary (FM. iii p. 50, note w) (Onom. ‘lothra’), §10

*Macha = Ardd Macha, Armagh, Co. Armagh (Mr. p. 202, note i) (FM. i p. 143, note b (Onom. ‘macha’, ‘ardd macha’), §21

Muma, Munster (Onom. ‘muma’), §25

Muscrige, (Muscraige), (Map – Múscraige), the present baronies of Muskerry East and Muskerry West, in Co. Cork and the baronies of Ormond Upper, Ormond Lower, and Clanwilliam, in Co. Tipprary (Map)  (FM. i p. 106, note t) (Onom. ‘muscrige’), §10

Poll Ruadáin, at Lothra (Onom. ‘p. ruadáin’), §§10, 11, 17

Port Grencha, seems near Cluain maccu Nois (Onom. ‘p. grencha’), §2

*Ráith Becc, Rathbeg, a townland 2 miles East of Antrim town, in the parish of Donegore, barony of Antrim Upper (Map), Co. Antrim (Ra. pp. 278-279) (FM. i p. 200, note l) (Onom. ‘r. becc’), §§21, 27, 31

*Ross Ech, Russagh, a townland and parish in the barony of Moygoish (Map), in Co. Westmeath (FM. i p. 238, note z) (Onom. ‘r. ech’), §3

Sadb, between Leca mic Maine and Sadbrann (Onom. ‘sadb’), §21

Sadbrann, between Sadb and Foibrech (Onom. ‘sadbrann’), §21

Síl Aeda Slani, (Sil Áeda Sláine), (Map – Síl nÁedo Sláine), descendants of Áed Sláine; located in Co. Meath (FM. i p. 149, note b) (Onom. ‘s. aeda slani’), §7

Síl Máilruain, (Síol Maoil Ruanaidh), (Moylurg), the parish of Kiltullagh and part of the parish of Kilkeevin, barony of Castlereagh (Map), Co. Roscommon (FM. i p. 92, note t) (Onom. ‘s. máilruain’), §19

*Sinand, the River Shannon (FM. i p. 355, A.D. 751) (Onom. ‘sinand’), §§1, 2

*Snám Én, Swim Two Birds, on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly and Cloonburren, Co. Roscommon (FM. i p. 209, note w) (Onom. ‘s. dá én’), §2

*Tailtiu, Teltown, a hill, townland and parish in the barony of Kells Upper (Map) in Co. Meath (FM. i p. 25, note d) (Onom. ‘tailtiu’), §§4, 6

*Temair, Tara (Map – Teamhair), Co. Meath (FM. i pp. 30-31, note h) (Onom. ‘temair’), §§4, 7, 8, etc.

Telach Díma, between Cluain maccu Nois and Uisnech (Onom. ‘t. díma’), §4

Tilach Fhloinn = Telach Díma (Onom. ‘tilach fhloinn’), §4

Tethbe, (Fir Tethba), (Map – Tethba), the kingdom of Teffia was said to extend through much of modern Co. Longford and Co. Westmeath (FM. iii p. 156, note z)  (Onom. ‘tethbe’), §7

Tipra Fingin = Port Grencha (Onom. ‘t. fingin’), §2

Torand, the river Torrent in Co. Tyrone, a tributary of the River Blackwater, it seems near Armagh (FM. i p. 43, note y) (Onom. ‘torand’), §21

Tulach na Comnaide = Cnoc Bracáin (Onom. ‘t. na comnaide’, ‘t. na comnaigi’), §4

Failgi, (Uí Failge), (Map – Uí Failge ), the baronies of Offaly East and Offaly West, Co. Kildare, the baronies of Portnahinch and Tinnahinch (Map), Co. Laois and that portion of Co. Offaly comprised in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin (Map), (Tp. p. xlvii-xlviii (261-262), note 370) (Onom. ‘úi failgi’), §7

Ui Maini, (Uí Maine), (Map – Uí Maini), the tribal area of Hy-Many which was centered in Eastern Co. Galway and Southern Co. Roscommon (Im. p. 4-6 (14-16)) (Onom. ‘ui maini’), §10

Ui Néill in Tuaiscirt = Clann Néill in Tuaisceirt, (Northern Uí Néill), (Map – Northern Uí Néill), descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages (FM. i p. 199, A.D. 557) (Onom. ‘ui néill in tuaiscirt’ ,‘c. néill in tuaisceirt’, §19

*Uisnech, Ushnagh Hill (Map – Uisneach), in Co. Westmeath (FM. i p. 166, note c) (Onom. ‘uisnech’), §§4, 5

Ulaid, Ulster (Onom. ‘ulaid’), §§25, 30

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