Gods and Fighting Men

Pronunciation and Place Names

This is the approximate pronunciation of some of the more difficult names:
Adhnuall Ai-noo-al
Ailbhe Alva
Ahnhuin All-oon, or Alvin
Aobh Aev, or Eev
Aodh Ae (rhyming to "day")
Aoibhill Evill
Aoife Eefa
Badb Bibe
Beltaine, of Bealtaine Bal-tinna
Bladma Bly-ma
Bodb Dearg Bove Darrig
Caoilte Cweeltia
Carn Ruidhe Corn Rwe
Ciabban  Kee-a-van
Cliodna Cleevna
Coincheann Kun-Kann
Crann Buidhe Cran bwee
Credhe Crae-a
Cumhal Coo-al
Deaghadh D'va-a
Dubhtbach Duffách
Duibhreann Dbiv-ran
Duibhrium Dhiv-rinn
Dun Doon
Eimber Aevir
Emhain Avvin
Eochaid  Eohee
Eoghan Owen
Fionnchad Finn-ãch-a
Fodhla Fóla
Fodla Fola
Gallimh Gol-yiv
Glas Gaibhnenn Glos Gov-nan
Leith Laeig Leh Laeg
Loch Dairbhreach Loch Darvragh
Lugaidh Loo-ee, or Lewy
Lugh Loo
Magh an Ionganaidh Moy-in-eean-ee
Magh Cuillean Moy Cullin
Magh Feabhail Moy Fowl
Magh Macraimhe Moy Mucrivva
Magh Mell Moy Mal
Magh Rein Moy Raen
Magh Tuireadh Moytirra
Manannan Mananuan
Midhe Mee
Midhna Mee-na
Mochaomhog Mo-cweev-og
Muadhan Moo-aun
Murchadh Murachu
Nemhnain Now-nm
Niamh Nee-av
Og Og
Rath Medba, or Meadhbha Ra Maev-a
Rudraighe Rury
Samhain Sow-in
Scathniamh Scau-nee-av
Sceolan Skolaun
Searbhan Sharavaun
Sidhe Shee
Slieve Echtge Sleev Acht-ga
Tadg Teig
Teamhair T'yower or Tavvir
Tuatha de Danaan Too-a-ha-dae Donnan
Tuathmumhain Too-moon
   I have not followed a fixed rule as to the spelling of Irish names: I have taken the spelling I give from various good authorities, but they vary so much that, complete accuracy not being easy, I sometimes look to custom and convenience. I use, for instance, "Slieve" for "Sliabh", because it comes so often, and a mispronunciation would spoil so many names. I have treated "Inbhir" (a river mouth) in the same way, spelling it "Inver", and even adopting it as an English word, because it is so useful. The forty scholars of the New School of Old Irish will do us good service if they work at the question both of spelling and of pronunciation of the old names and settle them as far as is possible.

THE PLACE NAMES

Accuill Achill, Co. Mayo
Aine Cliach Cnoc Aine, Co. Limerick
Almhuin Near Kildare
Ath Cliath Dublin
Athluain Athlone
Ath na Riogh Athenry
Badhamain Cahir, Co. Tipperary
Baile Cronin  Barony of Imokilty, Co. Cork
Banna The Bann
Beare Berehaven
Bearna na Eadargana Roscommon
Bearnas Mor Co. Donegal
Beinn Gulbain Benbulban, Co. Sligo
Beire do Bhunadas Berehaven
Bel-atha-Senaig Ballyshannon
Belgata In Connemara. (Source of the Bann and Mourne Mountains)
Benna Boirde  
Berramain Near Tralee
Bhas River Bush
Boinne River Boyne
Bri Leith Co. Longford
Cairbre Carbury
Cairgin Three miles south of Londonderry
Carrtach River River Carra, near Dunkerrin Mountains
Ceanntaile Kinsale
Ceiscorainn Co. Sligo
Cill Dolun Killaloe, Co. Clare
Cliodna's Wave At Glandore, Co. Cork
Cluantarbh Clontarf
Cnoc Aine Co. Limerick
Cnoc-an-Air Co. Kerry
Cnoc na righ  Co. Sligo
Corca Duibhne Corcaguiny, Co. Kerry
Corrslieve Carlow Mountains
Crotta Cliach Galtee Mountains
Cruachan Co. Roscommon
Cruachan Aigle Croagh Patrick
Doire a Cairn Derrycarn, Co. Meath
Doire-da-Bhoth In Slieve Echtge
Druim Cleibh Co. Sligo
Druim Lis Near Loch Gill
Druimscarha Near River Arighis, Co. Cork
Dun Sobairce Dunsevenh, Co. Antrim
Durlas Thurles
Ess Dara Near Sligo
Ess Ruadh Assaroe, Co. Donegal
Fidh Gaible Fergill, Co. Sligo
Finntraighe Ventry
Fionn The Finn
Fionnabraic Kilfenna, Co. Clare
Fionnatutach  Co. Limerick
Fleisge Co. Kerry
Gabhra Near Tara
Gaibh atha na Fiann River Leamhar, flows from Killarney
Gairech and Ilgairech Hills near Mullingar
Gallimh Galway
Gleann na Caor Co. Cork
Gullach Dolliarb Barony of Rathconrath
Hill of Bairnech Near Killarney
Hill of Uisnech Co. Westmeath
Inver Cechmaine East coast of Ulster
Inver Colpa Drogheda
Inver Slane N.E. of Leinster
Irrus Domnann Erris, Co. Mayo
Island of Toraig Tory Island, Co. Donegal
Laoi River Lee
Leith Laoi Leitrim
Linn Feic Near Slaney
Loch Bel Sead Co. Tipperary
Loch Cé Co. Roscommon
Loch Dairbhreach Loch Derryvaragh, Co. Westmeath
Loch Deirg Dheirc Loch Derg on the Shannon
Loch Eirne Loch Erne
Loch Feabhail Loch Foyle
Loch Lein Killarney
Loch Orbson Loch Corrib
Loch na-n Ean In Co. Roscommon
Lough Neatach Loch Neagh
Luimneach Limerick
Maev Mhagh Plain about Loughrea
Magh Cobha Iveagh, Co. Down
Magh Cuilenn Moycullen, Co. Galway
Magh Femen Co. Tipperary
Magh Larg  Co. Roscommon
Magh Leine Co. Offaly
Magh Luirg  Co. Roscommon
Magh Maini  Co. Wexford
Magh Mucraimhe Near Athenry
Magh Nia Same as Magh Tuireadh
Magh Rein Co. Leitrim
Magh Tuireadh Moytura near Sligo, scene of great battle, and Moytura, near Cong, scene of first battle
March of Finnliath River Lee, near Tralee
Midhe Meath, west of Ardagh
Mis Geadh In Bay of Erris
Muaid River Moy
Muc-inis Muckinish, off Connemarà
Nas Naas
Nem The Nem
Oenach Clochan Morristown, Co. Limerick
Osraige Ossory
Paps of Dana Co. Kerry
Portlairge Waterford
River Maigh  Co. Limerick
Ros da Shioleach Limerick
Ruirlech Liffey
Samair R. Cumhair, runs through Bruff
Sionnan River Shannon
Siuir River Suir, Co. Tipperary
Siuir and Beoir and Berba Suir and Nore and Barrow
Slieve Baisne Co. Roscommon
Slieve Bladmai Slieve Bloom
Slieve Buane Slieve Banne, Co.Roscommon
Sheve Conaill Border of Leitrim and Donegal
Slieve Crot Co. Tipperary
Slieve Cua Co. Waterford
Slieve Cua and Slieve Crot In Galtee Mountains
Slieve Cuailgne Co. Louth
Slieve Echtge Co. Galway
Slieve Fuad Co. Armagh
Slieve Guaire Co. Cavan
Slieve Luchra Co. Kerry
Slieve Lugha Co. Mayo
Slieve Mis Co. Kerry
Slieve Muice  Co. Tipperary
Slieve-nam-Ban Co. Tipperary
Sligach Sligo
Srub Bruin  In West Kerry
Sruth na Maoile Mull of Cantire
Tailltin Telltown
Teamhair Tara, Co. Meath
Teunhair Luchra Near Castle Island, Co. Kerry
The Beith  River Beby, Barony of Dunkerrin
The Beoir  The Berba
The Islands of Mod In Clew Bay
The Lemain River Laune, Co. Kerry
The Muaidh River Moy, Co. Sligo
Tonn Toime Toines, near Killarney
Traigh Eothaile Near Ballisodare
Tuathmumain Thomond
Ui Chonaill Gabhra Co. Limerick
Ui Fiachraih, Fiachraig  Co. Mayo
Wave of Rudraighe Bay of Dundrum


Deidre of the Sorrows, by John Duncan