What follows is an extract from "The Placenames of the Decies".
This book was written by Rev. P.Power and printed in London by
David Nutt, 57-59, Long Acre in 1907.
The parish gets its name from the townland on which stood the
ancient church and priory. Both the church and priory are supposed
to have grown out of the early monastic foundation of SS. Cuan
and Brogan. The latter however was not at
Mothel but at
a mile, or so distant. The observant reader will notice the number
of names implying ecclesiastical association and indicating dependency
on an important religious house, e.g.
Bishopstown, Ballynab, Cloch
Old Grange &;c. For a description of the
church and priory remains the reader is referred to Waterford
Archaeological Journal, Vol. II., pp. 9 &c.
The author is indebted to the late Mr. John O'Flynn, Carrick-on-Suir,
for the second version:-
An Fear, Cé h-é sin thall?; cé h-é sin thall?;
cé h-é sin thall? An Sprid, Táfar ann; táfar ann; táfar ann. An Fear, Cuirfidh mise mé fein fé choimirce Cúain & Brógán & Íodhbhairt
na moinn. An Sprid, Marach coimirce Cuain Brogáin Agus Íodhbairt na moinn Chuimhneochfá-sa go lá an luain, Ar do chuairt go h-Áit na gCeann.
COOLNALINGADY, Cúil na Loinnide - Meaning
unknown. Other forms have been suggested; Cúil na Linne
Fhada - "The Ridge-Back of the Long Pool"; from
its proximity to Crotty's Lake, and Currach na Laingaide
- "Bog of the Spancel." Currach Leaindí "Landy's Bog." The townland
is more commonly known as Curraghlandy, perhaps from an old sub-denomination.
Area, 367 acres.
S.DD. (a) Leaca Riabhach - "Grey Glen-Slope."
(b) Tobar na Bainríoghna - "The Queen's Well";
sarcastically, from some lady-proprietor who was noted for her
"airs." (c) Carraig Reamhar - "Thick Stumpy Rock." (d) An Bealach - "The Roadway (or Pass)"; a "gap"
leading to Commons. (e) Claidhe na bhFiann and Soc & a Choltair
- "Earthen-Fence of the Fianns" and "Sock and Its
Colter" respectively; these are the two remarkable and nearly
parallel trenches which run up the steep mountain side and are
visible for miles. At a distance the curious features look like
boundary fences - one considerably longer than the other. It was
Fionn MacCumbail who ploughed them: he had completed the first
and had got more than half-way up the second-furrow when the ploughshare
(colter) broke. (f) An Lúib - "The Hoop"; name of a field.
(g) Coinnleach Árd - "High Stubble-Field";
a patch of now wild mountain, at a considerable elevation. (h) Tuinn a' Ghearráin Léith - "Swamp
of the Old Grey Horse." (I) Bán na Nóiníní - "Daisy
Field." (j) Currach na Leadbh - "Marsh of the Rags."
(k) An Dubhglais - "The Dark -Coloured Stream."
The present name is applied to the stream forming the boundary
with Ross. (l) Tobar na nAibhle - "The Sparkling-Well." (m) Beárna an Ruadháin - "Gap of the Moory Tract." (n) Bealach na nGeaitíní - "Way of the Little Gates." (o) Barr a' Bhealaigh - "Top of the Highway."
The features designated by the following five names occur along
the mountain summit - south to north:-
Cnoc Maol - as seen from the side of Coumshingaun with a small lake at the front of the Coum.
(p) Cnoc Maol - "Bare Hill." (q) Clocha Díog - "Stony Bank." (r) Carraig a tSonnaidh - "Rock of the Stockade." (s) Stolla Chrotaigh - "Crotty's Cliff" named
from the famous outlaw. See under Ross.
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