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Subject: Re: Old Irish place names
From: "Tarzia, Wade" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 26 May 2005 09:47:29 -0400

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>>This may seem like nit-picking, and probably it is, but I'm 
>>still perplexed and a teeny bit suspicious that (a) "longphort" 
>>never appears overtly associated with ships, moorage, harbours,
>>etc.; and (b) that it used frequently and widely to refer to 
>>inland camps, fortresses, stronghold, mansions, etc. etc.  

--- Just FYI -- One of my informants in Ballinagh, Co. Cavan (the most aged man in the community, about 95 at that time), called a ringfort on his property a "port."  I had seldom encountered that term in Ireland, usually hearing 'rath' or 'fort' instead.  I take longphort to mean a linear earthwork or dyke...? --Wade

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