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PostPosted: Sun 08 Oct 2017 5:01 pm 
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Dear all,

On logainm.ie I found 'Baile Uí Chairbre' as the Irish original of Ballycarbery. Can anyone tell me what 'Chairbre' refers to? Is it a name?

Thanks in advance.

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gch_nl wrote:
Dear all,

On logainm.ie I found 'Baile Uí Chairbre' as the Irish original of Ballycarbery. Can anyone tell me what 'Chairbre' refers to? Is it a name?

Thanks in advance.

KInd regards.


Cairbre is a popular first name in Medieval Irish literature. There are a number of notable figures in Irish mythology who bear the name, though, I'm not sure to which one, if any, this place-name can be attributed.

Baile Uí Chairbre, literally translates to english as Town of the descendant/grandson of Cairbre. That is to say, somebody named Cairbre gave his name as a surname to his descendants, Ó Cairbre. When one of them founded, or otherwise influenced this settlement, the town was named after them.


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